Photo du site Baudot

The Brain and Cognition Research Center in Toulouse (CerCo), is a research unit that was created by the CNRS and the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse 3) in 1993 by a handful of scientists from Paris and Marseille under the direction of Michel Imbert.
In 2013, the CerCo will be celebrating its 20th anniversary!
Today, 35 scientists and technical staff together with a similar number of PhD and post-doctoral students work at the CerCo. On this special occasion, the CerCo is organizing a very special international meeting on the 4th and 5th of July 2013. Guests and speakers will include founders and collaborators that have played a major role in the development of CerCo, with a very special emphasis on all the students that have obtained their PhD in the CerCo and have since pursued careers in academia or industry, either abroad or in France outside the CerCo. The responses from former students have been enthusiastic and will allow us to hear talks from people who have gone on to become University Lecturers, Professors or Researchers in Canada (Waterloo University, Montréal University), in the USA (California University, University of Pittsburgh), in the UK (University of Glasgow) as well as in France (Gif sur Yvette, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Toulouse, Tours). We will also hear from people who have pursued careers in industry (e.g. Aldebaran Robotics-Boston, Spikenet Technology).


The conference

The conference will take place in the new building hosting the CerCo, the "Pavillon Baudot" located in Purpan Hospital. The conference is open to all CerCo members, and all members of the Toulouse Institut of Brain Sciences together with guests from CNRS, INSERM and Toulouse University.

About twenty short presentations will be given grouped into four main themes :

  • Cognition, aging, handicap
  • Models in Cognition
  • Fundamental research in Cognition : industrial applications
  • Perception, cognition, motricity

We are also fortunate to have with us four prestigious speakers, that have either played a very important role in the history of the CerCo (Michel Imbert, Jean-Luc Nespoulous) or whose internationally recognised research is close to the scientific topics developed in the CerCo: Laurent Cohen (professor at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris) and Kia Nobre (Professor at Oxford University).

A 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner will take place on the Friday evening in the centre of Toulouse, on the banks of the "Garonne", in the prestigious "salle des Colonnes" of the
Hôtel Dieu Saint-Jacques, classified as a Historical Monument.

Image de l'Hôtel Dieu vu de la Garonne Salle des Colonnes

Program and talks

NEW!! The program is now available here :

1ere page du programme

Planning des journées

Previous PhD students
Thesis defense in: Current position
BATTY Magali 2004Maître de Conférences
Département de sciences du comportement,
Université François Rabelais
Tours, France
CAPPE Céline2007ANR Post-doctorant
Toulouse, France
CROUZET Sébastien 2010Post-Doc
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Berlin, Allemagne
DELORME Arnaud2000CR1 CNRS CerCo
Toulouse, France
DRAMAS Florian 2010Ingénieur Thales Avionics
Bordeaux, France
DUBOIS Julien 2011Post-Doc Caltech
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, USA
DURAND Jean-Baptiste2004CR2 CNRS - CerCo
Toulouse, France
FIZE Denis2000CR1 CNRS CerCo
Toulouse, France
CRCA - CNRS, Université Toulouse 3
Toulouse, France
GUYONNEAU Rudy 2006Responsable R&D -Spikenet Technology
Spikenet Technology
Toulouse, France
HALGAND Christophe 2011Post-Doc
INCIA, Université Segalen, Bordeaux 2
Bordeaux, France
JOUBERT Olivier 2008Business Unit Manager
Aldebaran Robotics
Boston, USA
JOUVE Bertrand 1999Professeur des Universités
Département Informatique et Statistique,
Université Lumière Lyon 2
Bron, France
LATINUS Marianne 2007Research Associate
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Grande Bretagne
MACE Marc 2006CR2 CNRS
IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier
Toulouse, France
MACE (BACON) Nadège 2006Ingénieur CDD IRIT
Toulouse, France
MARQUE Philippe1997PUPH UMRS 825
Imagerie cérébrale et handicaps neurologiques
Toulouse, France
Adaptive NeuroComputation Group,
University Pierre & Marie Curie
Paris, France
INCM UMR 6193, Université de la Méditerranée
Marseille, France
RATHELOT Jean-Alban 1997Research Associate
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, USA
ROUGER Julien2007Entrepreneur
Création d'une start-up de logiciels adaptés à la recherche
Maastricht, Pays Bas
ROUSSELET Guillaume 2003Lecturer
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Grande Bretagne
SEVERAC-CAUQUIL Alexandra1993Maître de conférence CerCo
Toulouse, France
URO-COSTES Emmanuelle 1997MCU-PH
Service d'anatomie pathologique et histologien,
Hôpital de Rangueil
Toulouse, France
Toulouse, France

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DEADLINE: MAY, 20th ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To organize the event in the best conditions, you must first register on the online form that you have received with your invitation email.
You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!



The conference will take place in the new building hosting the CerCo, the "Pavillon Baudot" located in Purpan Hospital (place du Docteur Baylac). The CerCo lab is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of this building. Conferences will be held in the main conference room on the 1st floor.

Plan du CHU Purpan

Public transport

A free shuttle travels throughout the site Purpan from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m..

Several bus lines Tisseo serve the site Purpan:

  • Bus N° 45, 46 and 64 have a stop in Grande-Bretagne Avenue
  • Bus N° 66 has a stop Casselardit Avenue

The tram line starting from the station Arena have three stops near the lab:

  • Purpan: front of the Children Hospital. Continue along the track until a roundabout. Pass the "Inserm" building and climb the small hill that lead near the building Baudot.
  • Arènes Romaines: Continue to the roundabout in the direction of the Arènes Romaines avenue. There is a small entrance to the hospital site on the left.

By car

Access to the site must be performed by Purpan Avenue of Great Britain or Casselardit Avenue - Boulevard Espagno. To park the car, the parking "Les Peupliers" is open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 22:00. Located at the rear of Children's Hospital, this car park is accessible via the Casselardit Avenue.
There is also a large parking at the shopping center "Carrefour" at a reasonable distance from the site. The pedestrian entrance is then located on the Arènes Romaines avenue.


Here is a list of hotels located in the center or near the CHU Purpan.

NomAdresseTypePrix miniClassement
En centre-ville
****Privilège Appart-Hôtel Clément Ader23 Rue Bayard, 31000 Toulouse appart 2 adultes128 euros 3e/139
***Hôtel St Claire29, Place Nicolas Bachelier, 31000 Toulousedouble96 euros 4e/139
***ibis Toulouse Centre2 Rue Claire Pauilhac, Toulouse, 31000 Francedouble89 euros 24e/139
***Hotel Albert 1er8 rue Rivals, 31000 Toulousedouble88 euros 7e/139
**Hotel du Taur2, Rue du Taur, 31000 Toulousedouble76 euros 34e/139
**Royal Wilson6 rue labéda, 31000 Toulousedouble70 euros 46e/139
Quartier Ct-Cyprien/Patte d'Oie/Arènes
**Hotel Gascogne25 All Charles De Fitte, 31300 Toulousedouble76 euros 19e/139
***Adagio Access Toulouse St Cyprien37ter. Avenue Etienne Billière, 31300 ToulouseStudio 2 adultes70 euros 40e/139
**Garden Hôtel81 Boulevard Gabriel Koenigs, 31300 Toulousedouble60 euros 65e/139
***Residhome Toulouse Occitania93 Avenue De Lombez, 31300 ToulouseStudio 2 adultes55 euros 26e/139
A proximité de Purpan
****Novotel Toulouse Aeroport23 Impasse de Maubec, 31300 Toulousedouble100 euros 14e/139
***Campanile Toulouse - PurpanEspace Pierre Gaubert 33 | Purpan, 31300 Toulousedouble78 euros 58e/139


For further information about the conference, feel free to contact
Michèle Fabre-Thorpe, the CerCo leader or Nadège Macé.