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The Emergent Mind

Programme information

The Emergent Mind

Masterclasses and research project

The two-week international Summer School consists of a series of Master Classes, each one given by a renowned expert in the field. In addition, students will work in groups with a designated tutor, on a research project within the broad topic, which they will present towards the end of the Summer School. Besides the masterclasses and workshops, an opportunity to get in contact with peer students in the field will be offered as well.


Claudi Bockting, professor of Clinical Psychology, and Marie Deserno, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Amsterdam.


We are proud to welcome the following speakers:

  • Peter Sloot
  • Kevin Mitchell is Associate Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. His interests are in understanding the genetic program specifying the wiring of the brain and its relevance to variation in human faculties, especially to psychiatric and neurological disease and to perceptual conditions like synaesthesia. He writes the Wiring the Brain blog ( and is on Twitter @WiringtheBrain. He is the editor of "The Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders" (Wiley, 2015) and the author of: “INNATE – How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are” (Princeton University Press, 2018).

    His lecture will look at The Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. It will consider the genetic architecture of these conditions, the concept of developmental brain dysfunction, cascading effects of mutations across development, and the emergence of pathophysiological and psychopathological states. 

  • Greg Siegle
  • Sarah Durston
  • Isidoor Bergfeld
  • Han van der Maas
  • Ingrid van de Leemput is an assistant professor at Wageningen University, interested in the dynamics of complex systems, networks, social-ecological systems and (mental) health. Ecology and mental health: simple models as a tool to understand complex dynamics and resilience. There is common ground in analysing the mental health state of human beings and the state of ecosystems, especially in the need to identify conditions that dispose a system to be knocked from seeming stability into another, undesired state. In ecology, relatively simple models have proven to be valuable to understand such dynamics. Examples include lakes that unexpectedly shift from a clear to a turbid state, or coral reefs that are suddenly overgrown by macroalgae. Ingrid will introduce you to the world of dynamical models, and provide examples how they have proven their value in ecology. Based on that, she will discuss assumptions, benefits and limitations. Then, she will explain how the analysis of bifurcations has led to the development of Dynamic Indicators of Resilience (DIORs). Finally, we will make a bridge from ecology to mental health, and point to some recent developments and open questions in relation to DIORs, networks, and oscillating dynamics.

International Symposium

An international symposium will take place at the final day of the ABC Summer School (27 June 2019).
Entrance to the Symposium will be included in the programme of the Summer School. Therefore, attendees of the Summer School are not required to register for the symposium separately.


  • 4 EC
  • If necessary you will reveice an official certificate


The summer school will take place at the Business School of the University of Amsterdam (Roeterseiland campus, M-building).

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam