5th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research

1–4 February 2021 | Virtual Conference

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The human brain is such a complex system that it can only be understood by combining knowledge and practices from multiple scientific fields. The 5th HBP Student Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of new ideas among early career researchers working across various sciences relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP). Attendees will be exposed to the data-driven brain research approach of the HBP and have the opportunity to use the EBRAINS platform. The conference offers a space for extensive scientific dialogue, both intra- and interdisciplinary, among peers and faculty through a variety of discussion sessions, lectures and social events. It will take place virtually, organised and supported by the HBP Education Programme.


The conference will take place virtually over four days, with a versatile online schedule from 1 to 4 February 2021.

Call for Submissions

We invite original high-quality submissions describing innovative research in all disciplines addressed in the HBP. These contributions can emphasise theoretical or empirical works relating to a wide spectrum of fields including but not limited to: neuroscience, computer science, robotics, medicine, psychology, cognitive science or philosophy. We particularly encourage submissions with a potential to inspire collaboration in the research community by introducing new and relevant problems, concepts, and ideas, even if the work is at an early stage of development.



Abstract submission deadline: 6 November 2020

Abstract Submission

Please note that registration for the conference is mandatory.



Abstract Submission Guidelines


Please accurately include all co-authors and their affiliations. If in doubt whether a person’s contributions should or should not be considered as authorship, please refer to http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf.



Abstracts must be in a Word document format. Please note that we highly recommend to follow the IMRad format as explained in our template

The abstract word and character limits are as follows:

  • Title: 500 characters
  • Text: 1,000 words
  • Figures: 2 
  • No supplementary material

Given the nature of an interdisciplinary conference, formatting of abstracts organised according to the IMRaD format [Introduction/Motivation, Methods, Results and Discussion], with several sentences addressing each of these elements, is highly recommended. Please find a template for your convenience.

References should be included at the end of the abstract. Please note that the word count includes captions but not references. It is allowed to add acknowledgements to the abstract.

Abstracts may be edited up to the deadline of 6 November 2020.

In general, submissions of completed research are encouraged. However, submissions may also contain research in progress and, in particular, abstracts that demonstrate research plans and proposals, i.e., the idea, aims, hypotheses and possible implications of the proposed research.


Would you like to be part of the scientific programme and show us your research?

Please submit an abstract and you will have the opportunity to present your work during the 5th HBP Student Conference. Your presentation can include a brief oral plus a poster presentation, or a poster presentation only. All submissions will be evaluated by the Scientific Programme Committee with regard to their relevance for the conference in terms of topics and areas of interest, their scientific merit, correctness, and the quality of presentation.


Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Mouse brain organisation

    • Brain transcriptomics and proteomics

    • Brain macrostructure, vasculature, cells and synapses

    • Data aggregation and analysis

  • Human brain organisation

    • Multi-level organisation of the brain

    • Data aggregation and analysis

  • Systems and cognitive neuroscience

    • Perception-action

    • Motivation, decision and reward

    • Networks underlying brain cognition and consciousness

    • Learning and memory

  • Theoretical neuroscience

    • Simplified neuron and neural circuit models and modelling brain signals at different scales

    • Synaptic plasticity, learning and memory

    • Large-scale models of human cognitive function

    • Principles of brain computation

  • Neuroinformatics

    • Tools for brain atlases

    • Tools for structural and functional data analysis

    • Predictive neuroinformatics

  • Brain simulation

    • Data-driven reconstruction of brain models

    • Molecular dynamics simulation

    • Multi-scale models of the brain

    • The brain multiscale connectome

    • Brain Simulators (Neuron, NEST, Arbor, TVB, etc.)

    • Virtual experiments on HPC

  • Neuromorphic computing

    • Neuromorphic computing with physical emulation and digital many-core implementation of brain models

    • Software tools for neuromorphic computing

    • Novel technologies for neuromorphic circuits

  • Neurorobotics

    • Design of brain-inspired controllers

    • Robot designer, brain interfaces & body integrator

    • Neurorobotic simulations of behaviours

    • Artificial Intelligence

  • Ethics and society

    • Industrial, economic and social consequences of the HBP

    • Conceptual and philosophical issues

    • Researcher awareness

  • Brain atlases

    • Multi-scale brain data

    • Brain imaging

    • Brain connectivity

  • Medical informatics and clinical neuroscience

    • Collection and management of federated clinical data (EEG, fMRI, etc.)

    • Data mining and machine learning approaches to clinical data analysis

    • Biological signatures of brain diseases

    • Models and simulations of brain pathologies

    • Neuroprostheses

  • Software tools for neuroscience research

    • Data curation and integration tools

    • Neural simulators: development, integration and interfaces

    • High-performance computing: mathematical methods, programming models and tools

    • Interactive visualisation, analysis and control



Virtual Poster guidelines:


  • The recommended poster size in Pixel: 1080 width x 1536 height – portrait orientation

  • Poster size in cm: 38,1 width x 54,2 height – portrait orientation

  • Font size: ≥16

  • Adding videos, audio tracks and/or hyperlinks to posters is allowed

  • All posters displaying results from HBP-funded research groups must contain the HBP logo and the European Union logo as well as EC funding acknowledgements.

  • The following information should be included on the poster: authors’ names, surnames, and affiliations.

  • Posters should be clear and easy to read. 



Abstract submission deadline: 6 November 2020


Participation information

Participation in the 5th HBP Student Conference is open to the entire student community and early career researchers, regardless of whether they are affiliated with the HBP or not. Participants are also welcomed without contributing to the scientific programme. We encourage young scientists to register and aim at an equal gender representation.


To register for the conference, an EBRAINS account is needed. Please create your account at https://ebrains.eu/register (free of charge) and register for the 5th HBP Student Conference (also free of charge).

Please check the FAQs below for further instructions.


Registration deadline: 14 January 2021

Please note that registration for the conference is mandatory.




Registration deadline: 14 January 2021


FAQs & all you need to know

Registration is mandatory and is open until 14 January 2021.
Attendance is open to anyone and free of charge.

A: I already have an EBRAINS account.

  1. Click on the “Register” Button
  2. Log in to your EBRAINS account
  3. Enter your availabilities and accept the GDPR Statement.
  4. Click on “Please provide additional info by filling out this form (person and meeting related questions)” and enter the requested details.
  5. Once you have completed all fields and clicked on “Update”, you will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail. (Please note that you will receive a confirmation e-mail only for the first time you have entered all details. In case you update your registration details, no additional e-mail will be sent).


B: I do not yet have an EBRAINS account.

  1. Please go to https://ebrains.eu/register and create your account free of charge. As the EBRAINS Access Policy requires that users identify themselves by means of an institutional email address, please make sure to register with your institutional e-mail address.
    • All new users with a personal institutional e-mail address from a pre-identified institution will be provided an expedited registration process.
    • If your institution is not yet on the list of pre-identified institutions, please contact the EBRAINS support team from your institutional e-mail address and it will be added promptly.
    • If you cannot register with an institutional e-mail address or experience any other problems, please contact us at education@humanbrainproject.eu.
  2. Once you have received your EBRAINS account please follow the steps from option A.

The conference starts on Monday 1 February and lasts until Thursday 4 February 2021. It will be a virtual conference and the programme will comprise keynote lectures, student sessions, poster sessions as well as social events.

A more detailed schedule will be published here on this webpage during autumn 2020.

Early career researchers, from within as well as outside the HBP, are welcome to submit an abstract for a short oral and poster presentation, or a poster presentation only. Please find all information under Abstract Submission on this webpage.

To make this virtual conference an interactive experience, it is important that you have access to a stable internet connection, good audio (with microphone) and ideally (not mandatory) a webcam for video communication.

If you have any questions about the abstract submission or the conference, please contact us at education@humanbrainproject.eu.


Alice Geminiani | University of Pavia
Ingrid Reiten | University of Oslo

Petruţ Bogdan | The University of Manchester 
Sandra Díaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jens Egholm Pedersen | Royal Institute of Technology
Carmen Lupascu | Italian National Research Council
Alper Yegenoglu | Forschungszentrum Jülich



HBP Education Programme | Medical University Innsbruck