EBRAINS Brain Simulation School 2022

Training on Single Neuron Models, Brain Circuit Models, Cognition, Collaboratory, Synaptic Plasticity and Learning

 

30 May – 3 June 2022

Palermo, Italy


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Registration is closed.

 

 


FAQs and all you need to know
 

Registration for on-site participation

  • Admission to all the sessions of the Scientific Programme
  • Conference material
  • Lunch during the event
  • Coffee breaks during the event
  • Social Dinner

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and any other service not stated above.
 

Interested registrants will be put on a waiting-list and will be notified of any available tickets in case of cancellation.

No, the participation is only possible on-site.
 

The BrainSim school will start on Monday 30 May 2022 at 9:00 AM CET and will end in the afternoon of Friday 3 June 2022. The programme comprises keynote lectures, interactive sessions, student presentations, tutorials and hands-on sessions, as well as a social dinner.

Registration fee waivers are not available for the EBRAINS Brain Simulation School 2022.

The EBRAINS Brain Simulation School 2022 aims at introducing the participants to the latest achievements and innovations of the digital infrastructure for brain research EBRAINS, created by the Human Brain Project. The School will offer tutorials on EBRAINS Tools and eServices. The students will be presented with an overview of the EBRAINS research platform, discussed by the leaders of the Human Brain Project, and gain practical skills in using EBRAINS resources to implement cellular and network level computational models, to use EBRAINS Computing Services to configure and run simulations, and to visualise/analyse the results. Through tutorials, interactive sessions and hands-on activities, attendees will learn how to interact with EBRAINS to carry out their own research, to set up and manage a data-driven collaborative project, or to use the EBRAINS platform to interact with internal and external databases.

The target audience of this school are advanced master students, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in biomedical and technology sciences, from medicine, biology, psychology, to mathematics, informatics, information technology, physics, chemistry, who would like to get an introduction to the neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience tools available in the EBRAINS Infrastructure. The event is limited to 50 participants. Additional registrations will be placed on a waiting list.

 

Prior knowledge needed:

To have the most successful experience at the EBRAINS School on Brain Simulation the organizers recommend that attendees have: 

  • Expertise in python coding and
  • Knowledge of Neuron (beneficial)

 

 

Registration is closed.

 

 

Covid-19 information

Before registering to the event, participants should be aware of the COVID-19 prevention measures in place in Italy to enter the country and participate at the EBRAINS Brain Simulation School 2022.

For more information visit the Italian Public Health Website.

The organisers encourage participants to keep themselves informed about the regulations in place at the time of the event and plan accordingly.

 

Registration information
 

General Admission Ticket* €150.00


* Registration for on-site participation only



What is covered by the registration fee?
 

Registration for on-site participation

  • Admission to all the sessions of the Scientific Programme
  • Conference material
  • Lunch during the event
  • Coffee breaks during the event
  • Social Dinner

The fee does not include travel, accommodation or any other services not stated above.

 
Payment modalities

Payment of registration fees can be made in EURO in the form of

  • Credit or debit card
  • PayPal
  • Sofort
  • Sepa Direct Debit


Confirmation of registration

After the registration has been completed you will receive an automatically generated notification via email, including a confirmation of payment and an online ticket for the event. If you need an invoice, please contact training-support@humanbrainproject.eu 

 

Cancellations and refunds 

Notice of cancellation has to be made in writing via email to the HBP Education Programme Office to: training-support@humanbrainproject.eu. The policy for refunding registration fees is as follows: 

Written cancellation received: 
before 30 April 2022: 100% refund
after 1 May: no refund*.

*if you are unable to attend the School due to a Covid-19 infection, a refund of the registration fee can be issued until 20 May 2022. To receive the refund proof of a positive COVID-19 test (a rapid antigen test swab -valid for 48 hours -or molecular PCR test swab -valid for 72 hours) will have to be submitted to the organizers via email before 20 May 2022. Refund request due to COVID-19 infection after 20 May 2022 cannot be taken into account.

No refunds will be granted for unattended events or early termination of attendance, in case of cancellation of speakers, lack of space in the conference room, or any other incidents during the BrainSim School that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

 

Letter of invitation 

Letters of invitation cannot be issued for this event. 

 

Modification of the programme

The BrainSim School organisers reserve the right to modify the programme. No refunds can be granted in case of cancellation of speakers, lack of space in the conference room, or any other incidents during the School that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

 

Cancellation of the BrainSim School

In the event that the School cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the conference organisers (force majeure) or due to events that are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the conference organisers, the conference organisers cannot be held liable by delegates for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses, etc. 

 

Logistics
 

Accommodation

The School will be hosted at the Splendid Hotel La Torre. We have blocked for a limited time the best rooms at a reduced cost of 100EUR/night including breakfast for single occupancy (double occupancy 130€, 160€ for gulf view rooms), which will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are interested in reserving one of these rooms, please contact francesca.spataro@ibf.cnr.it specifying travel dates and type of room. To guarantee the reservation with your credit card and/or to pay for your stay you will be instructed to contact the hotel directly.

There are a few hotels and many B&Bs available in Mondello (PA), and participants can book through their preferred reservation system. Please note that no special discounts are available for these options.

Before finalising the booking, participants are highly encouraged to ask for the current Covid-19 prevention measures to enter the accommodation facility and inquire about the booking cancellation policy.

 

Travel information

Italian COVID-19 Entry Regulation: For all types of entry into the country, evidence of a vaccination, a current test, or recovery from Covid-19 is required. Please check before entry if your country is subject to further restrictions via the Italian Infocovid website.

 

How to get to Palermo

The best way to reach the BrainSim Summer school in Mondello is by plane arriving at the Palermo International Airport “Falcone-Borsellino”. Detailed information can be found on the airport website.

It is also possible to reach Palermo from the mainland via train, car, coach and ferries. More information can be found here.

 

How to get to Mondello (BrainSim School)        
 

Mondello is located 12km from the City of Palermo and can be reached via bus, car and taxi. From the Palermo International Airport “Falcone-Borsellino” Mondello (25KM from the airport) can be reached by taxi (for about 50€ per ride) or by booking a private transportation (40-50€ per ride). Please contact francesca.spataro@ibf.cnr.it if you are interested in this latter option.

 

Venue Address:

Splendid Hotel la Torre
11 Via Piano di Gallo
90151 Palermo
Italy

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Scientific Programme

This programme will be updated regularly and is subject to change. Times displayed are in CEST/GMT+2/UTC+2.

Programme at a glance

09:00 – 9:30
Welcome & Introduction to the School
Michele Migliore
| Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council
 
 


Session I: EBRAINS Infrastructure for Brain Research
Chair: Michele Migliore
| Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

09:30 – 10:30


The EBRAINS European Infrastructure in the European context
Paweł Świeboda
 | EBRAINS CEO and Director General of the Human Brain Project

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
 
11:00 – 11:45
The EBRAINS Research Platform
Jan Bjaalie 
| Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo
 
11:45 – 12:30



The role of EBRAINS in engaging society and communities in neuroscience
France Nivelle | EBRAINS
 

12:30 – 14:30


Lunch break
 

14:30 – 15:15
EBRAINS technology for developers
Marc Morgan
| EBRAINS
 
15:15 – 16:00
Workshop: The EBRAINS Collaboratory for users
Annapaola Santarsiero 
| EBRAINS
 
 
Tutorial I: Hands-on EBRAINS for electrophysiological feature extraction
 
16:00 – 17:30


Basic tools for electrophysiological features extraction (theory and practice)*
Luca L. Bologna & Rosanna Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

*Coffee available from 16:00 – 16:30

17:30 – 18:00
Interactive session
 

 

 


Session II: Student presentations

Chair: Paola Vitale | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

09:00 – 10:30
Student presentations I
 
10:30 – 11:00


Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30
Student presentations II
 
12:30 – 14:30
Lunch break
 
 


Session III: Synaptic Plasticity and Learning
Chair: Rosanna Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

14:30 – 15:15


Empiric models of synaptic plasticity
Michele Migliore
 | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

15:15 – 16:00
Detailed models of synaptic plasticity
Aušra Saudargienė
 | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
 
 
Tutorial II: Hands-on EBRAINS for modelling local field potentials
 
16:00 – 17:30


Modelling local field potentials (theory and practice)*
Gaute Einevoll
 | Norwegian University of Life Sciences

*Coffee available from 16:00 – 16:30

17:30 – 18:00
Interactive session
 
20:00 Social Dinner

 

 


Session IV: Single Neuron Models
Chair: Aušra Saudargienė | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences 

09:00 – 10:30


Scientific drive: single cell modelling
Michele Migliore
 | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
 
11:00 – 12:30
Single cell model optimisation: algorithms, methods, resources
Luca L. Bologna, Rosanna Migliore & Paola Vitale 
Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council
 
12:30 – 14:30


Lunch break
 

 
Tutorial III: Hands-on EBRAINS for single neuron modelling
 
14:30 – 17:30


Build your own cell model*
Luca L. Bologna & Rosanna Migliore 
| Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

*Coffee available from 16:00 – 16:30

17:30 – 18:00
Interactive session
 

 

 
Session V: Brain Circuit Models
Chair: Michele Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council
 
 


Success story: Detailed model of hippocampus CA1, Part I (science)
Chair: Michele Migliore
 | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

09:00 – 09:30


General introduction to data-driven brain tissue modelling
Felix Schürmann Blue Brain Project, EPFL

09:30 – 10:00
Reconstruction and simulation of a full-scale model of rat hippocampus CA1
Armando Romani 
Blue Brain Project, EPFL
 
10:00 – 10:30
Hippocampus Hub and MOOC
Jean-Denis Courcol 
Blue Brain Project, EPFL
 
10:30 – 11:00


Coffee break

 


Success story:  Detailed model of hippocampus CA1, Part II (hands-on)
Chair: Jean-Denis Courcol
| Blue Brain Project, EPFL

11:00 – 12:30
Hands-on Exercises on analysing the circuit and simulations and Hippocampus Hub
Armando Romani, Gianluca Ficarelli & Joni Herttuainen 
| Blue Brain Project, EPFL
 
12:30 – 14:30
Lunch break
 
 
Success story: Detailed model of cerebellum
Chair: Daniela Gandolfi 
| UNIMORE
 
14:30 – 15:15
Multiscale brain modeling
Egidio D'Angelo | University of Pavia
 
15:15 – 16:00
Modeling pipeline for the Cerebellum
Claudia Casellato | University of Pavia
 
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break (Coffee available from 16:00 – 16:30)
 
Tutorial IV: Hands-on, circuit modelling
 
16:15 – 17:15


Scientific drive: modelling the mouse, and human Hippocampus with spiking neurons*
Daniela Gandolfi | UNIMORE

17:15 – 18:00
The Brain Scaffold Builder
Claudia Casellato & Robin De Schepper | University of Pavia
 

 

 


Session VI: Cognition
Chair:
Egidio D‘Angelo | University of Pavia

   09:00 – 10:30    


Scientific drive: Modelling cognitive functions
Michele Migliore
 | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
 
11:00 – 12:00
Using NEURON+python, from laptops to supercomputer systems
Michael Hines Yale University
 
12:00 – 12:30
Tech drive: NetPyNE, a tool for multiscale modeling of brain circuits
Salvador Dura-Bernal SUNY
 
12:30 – 14:30


Lunch break
 

 
Tutorial V: Hands-on EBRAINS for building networks
 
14:30 – 15:00
Tech drive: interacting with HPC systems
Luca L. Bologna 
| Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council
 
15:00 – 16:00


Hands-on session: using NetPyNE on EBRAINS to build networks
Salvador Dura-Bernal SUNY
Adam Ponzi | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council

16:00 – 17:30


Interactive session and conclusions*

*Coffee available from 16:00 – 16:30

 

 

Confirmed Speakers


Jan Bjaalie | University of Oslo
Luca L. Bologna |  Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Claudia Casellato | University of Pavia, Italy
Egidio D'Angelo | University of Pavia, Italy
Jean-Denis Courcol | Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Salvador Dura-Bernal | SUNY, USA
Gaute Einevoll | Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Gianluca Ficarelli | Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Daniela Gandolfi | UNIMORE, Italy
Joni Herttuainen | Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Michael Hines | Yale University, USA
Michele Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Rosanna Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Marc Morgan | EBRAINS, Brussels
France Nivelle | EBRAINS, Brussels 
Adam Ponzi | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Anna Paola Santarsiero | EBRAINS, Brussels 
Armando Romani | Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Aušra Saudargienė | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
Felix Schürmann | Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Paweł Świeboda | EBRAINS, Brussels 
Paola Vitale | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy

SCIENTIFIC CHAIRS & ORGANISERS
 

Michele Migliore | Italian National Research Council
Aušra Saudargienė | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Francesca Spataro | Italian National Research Council
Alessia Bonafede | Italian National Research Council

 


 

 

VENUE

Splendid Hotel la Torre
Via Piano di Gallo 11
90151 Palermo
Italy

 

CONTACT

training-support@humanbrainproject.eu