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Benoit Scholtes

PhD Student


Bernstein Center Freiburg
Hansastr. 9a
D-79104 Freiburg

Tel. +49 (0)761 203 9555


Research Topics

  • The connection between network structure, plasticity mechanisms, and neural manifolds; low-dimensional manifolds in firing rate space on which most of neural dynamics is confined.
  • In particular, what plasticity mechanisms and architectural signatures are responsible for the stability and adaptability of these manifolds?
  • Also, what changes in the connectivity are required for a production of novel activity outside the manifold compared to inside the manifold? 


  • Analytical methods relating network connectivity and plasticity to dynamics
  • Modelling of network architecture for the production of neural manifolds
  • Simulations of neural networks in NEST combining different plasticity rules and network architectures 

Academic Background

  • Since 10/2020: PhD student at the Bernstein Center Freiburg, in the group of Prof. Stefan Rotter
  • 2017 -- 2020: M.Sc. in Physics. University of Bonn
  • 2012 -- 2015: B.Sc. in Physics and B.Sc. in Philosophy. University of Queensland, Australia