Generative Adversarial Collaborations

A part of the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience conference series!

About the CCN GAC Project:

What are the most exciting challenges and controversies in cognitive computational neuroscience right now? How can we form feasible plans to solve them collaboratively? As part of the 2021 CCN Program, the CCN Program Committee is organizing the second installment of our new, innovative event type: the Generative Adversarial Collaborations (GACs). The goal of a CCN GAC is to identify, debate, and make concrete plans to address the most challenging, controversial, and exciting theoretical and empirical debates in our field.

We highly encourage the CCN community to actively engage in the CCN GAC online discussions throughout summer 2021, the virtual GAC workshops as part of the (virtual) CCN annual meeting in September 2021, and the ensuing GAC publications and solicited commentaries coming in early 2022.

Selected CCN GAC proposals will participate in the following:

  1. Co-organize and attend an online kickoff CCN GAC 2021 workshop as part of the virtual 2021 annual meeting in September 2021.

  2. Write a collaborative paper based on the CCN GAC, to be submitted to a special issue of the Neurons, Behavior, Data, and Theory journal with target date early 2022. This position paper will identify the concrete goals (theoretical or experimental) of the GAC over the next several years, and will be accompanied by commentary pieces (especially from workshop audience members) submitted for peer review to the same journal, to be linked with the collaborative manuscript.

  3. Attend and present progress at the following CCN 2022.

CCN GAC 2021 proposal submission deadline: June 21, 2021

>> The 2020 GAC position papers are now being submitted to the Neurons, Behavior, Data analysis, and Theory special issue! <<


commentaries are individually-citable and get their own DOI!

CCN GACs are organized by the CCN Program Committee: Gunnar Blohm, Ralf Haefner, Jennifer Lieberman, Megan Peters, Leyla Isik, Ilenna Jones, Carlos Ponce, & Gemma Roig. Email questions to