Centre for Sensory Neuroscience and Computation



SNAC is a University Research Centre at Sussex, UK. Distributed across the Schools of Life Sciences, Psychology and Informatics we are united in our research interest in the senses and their computational underpinnings.


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Our RESEARCHWho are we?

Latest SNAC News

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New Wellcome Programme Grant

Congratulations to Leon Lagnado for renewing is Wellcome Investigator Award in Science for another £2.8m over the coming 5 years to investigate synaptic processing in visual and lateral line systems of zebrafish.

New Doctoral Training Centre

We are delighted that the Leverhulme DTP “be.AI: Biomimetic, Embodied Artificial Intelligence”, championed by SNAC members Thomas Nowotny, Paul Graham and Andy Philippides has been funded.

Starting in August 2021, the programme will bring three cohorts of 6 PhD students each to Sussex over the coming 5 years

New ERC Grant!

Jenny Bosten’s ERC Starting Grant “The Mind’s Eye: Decoding Colour Experience” was funded at €1.5m from 2020 to 2025.

Who is SNAC?

We span systems neuroscience, sensory ecology, psychophysics, computation and robotics.

Executive Committee

To synergise across our highly interdisciplinary research interests, SNAC is led by representatives from diverse fields, from sensory ecology to computational neuroscience

Affiliated Labs

Supported by a grand total of over £26m in research grants, SNAC comprises some of the most prolific research teams at Sussex and beyond.

Recent Highlights

Successful Grant

Jenny Bosten’s ERC Starting Grant “The Mind’s Eye: Decoding Colour Experience” was funded at €1.5m from 2020 to 2025.

Cortical basis of sequence learning

Bale MR, Bitzidou M, Giusto E, Kinghorn P, Maravall M (2020). Sequence Learning  Induces Selectivity to multiple Task Parameters in Mouse Somatosensory Cortex. Current Biology  10.1016/j.cub.2020.10.059.

Successful Grant

Tom Baden’s Investigator Award in Science titled “How to connect an eye to a brain” was funded at £2.3m for the coming 5 years

Watching synaptic vesicles in vivo

James B, Darnet L, Moya-Diaz J, Seibel S-H, & Lagnado L. (2019). An amplitude code transmits information at a visual synapse. Nature Neuroscience, 22(7):1140-1147.

What we do

Our Remit

Scientific Excellence

We research the fundamental principles by which animals sense their environments, ranging from molecular mechanisms vis circuits to whole-brain computations.

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Seminars and Communication

We bring together leading experts in sensory neuroscience and comptation as well as students and the general public through conferences, symposia, one-site and online seminars as well as diverse outreach activities across the UK and beyond

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Technology and INNOVATION

Our state of the art facilities span an advanced microscopy suite, high-throughput physiology set-ups, VR arenas and powerful computational clusters.

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Training the next generation

We provide a wide range of training opportunities, from  dedicated undergraduate courses centered on “The Senses” to Master’s and PhD level seminars and opportunities for lifelong learning.

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What Drives Us

Our Mission

To truly understand function and computation in the brain remains one of the biggest challenges of our time. At SNAC, we leverage our study of “the senses” as a powerful window into the fundamental working of the mind.

Some Recent News..

SNAC stories

New Lab: Sylvia SchrÖder

We are excited to welcome Dr. Sylvia SchrÖder at Sussex and SNAC. Supported by a prestigious Wellcome Henry Dale Fellowship, Sylvia will investigate the links between vision and action in mice.

New BBSRC grant: Kevin Staras

Congratulations to Kevin Staras to being awarded support from the BBSRC on “Maximizing survival when hungry: neural mechanisms for computing behavioural priorities”

Webinar Series: Sussex Visions

Since early 2020, we have been running a biweekly webinar series on vision science in collaboration with Worlwideneuro.com. Our 17 hour-long talks have attracted more than 10,000 views.


SNAC and Sussex University

SNAC and Sussex Neuroscience

SNAC is the “sensory/computational” sub-grouping of the Sussex Neuroscience (SN) community, which is one of four Strategic Research Programmes at Sussex University. All SNAC members are SN members, but not vice versa.

SNAC and Sussex Departments

SNAC brings together sensory and computational neuroscientists from Psychology, Informatics and Engineering, Neuroscience, Evolution, Behaviour and Environment.