NEST Conference 2024

June 17–18, 2024 | Online

Registration is now open!

NEST Initiative

The Neural Simulation Technology Initiative

The NEST Initiative has advanced computational neuroscience since 2001 by pushing the limits of large-scale simulations of biologically realistic neuronal networks. Since 2012, the NEST Initiative is incorporated as a non-profit member-based organization promoting scientfic collaboration in computational neuroscience.

The Board and Members govern the NEST Initiative in accordance to its Statutes.

What we do

As a community of developers:


How to join us

There are many ways to be a part of the NEST Community.

  • If you want to work with NEST you should definitely sign up for our NEST User and Announcement mailing lists and share your experiences with other NESTies.
  • If you want to work on NEST as a developer, stay abreast of the newest developments and contribute your own code to NEST, the NEST GitHub Repository is the place to go. Here, you will find current source code, our bug tracker, and developer discussions; plus, you can contribute your own code via pull requests.
  • As an active developer contributing code to NEST, you are welcome to join the NEST Initiative as an active member and shape the future developement of NEST. You will find more information on our Membership page.
  • If you just want to support the goals of the NEST Initiative without contributing code, you are welcome to join us as a community member, as described on our Membership page.

Welcome aboard!