6th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research


22–25 February 2022
Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

Hybrid Event

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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 6th HBP Student Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of new ideas among early career researchers working across various scientific fields relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP). Attendees will be exposed to the data-driven and multidisciplinary brain research approach of the HBP and will have the opportunity to use the EBRAINS research infrastructure. The conference will provide space for extensive scientific dialogue (both intra- and interdisciplinary) amongst peers and faculty through a variety of discussion sessions, lectures, workshops & hands-on training sessions and social events. It will take place as a hybrid event, organised and supported by the HBP Education Programme.   


Call for Submissions

We invite original, high-quality submissions describing innovative research work in all disciplines addressed in the HBP. These contributions can emphasize theoretical or empirical works relating to a wide spectrum of fields including, but not limited to neuroscience, computer science, robotics, medicine, psychology, cognitive science and 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.

The 4-day conference will be held in a hybrid format from 22–25 February 2022 with most sessions being streamed online. 

Participation in the 6th 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 without contributions to the scientific programme are also welcome. We encourage all young scientists to register and aim for an equal representation of all genders.


Registration deadline: 7 February 2022


Registration information & fees 
  Registration for on-site participation Registration for virtual participation
Students* € 100.00  € 30.00
Regular participants € 150.00 € 30.00

* A proof of your student status (student ID) will be required on site, otherwise a surcharge (regular participant fee) has to be paid.

What is covered by the registration fee?

Registration for on-site participation

  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to all workshops
  • Conference material
  • Coffee & lunch breaks during the conference
  • Admission to social programm

The fee does not include travel and accommodation.

Registration for virtual participation

  • Admission to scientific sessions available for virtual participation
  • Admission to workshops available for virtual participation
  • Conference material

Please note: Registration for the conference is mandatory!

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. If you need an invoice, please contact education@humanbrainproject.eu

Cancellations and refunds

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

Written cancellation received:

before 15 December 2022: 80% refund
before 7 February 2022: 50% refund
from 8 February 2022: no refund.

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 conference that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

If the event due to changing Covid-19 restrictions has to be held fully virtual, participants who registered for on-site participation will receive a refund for the difference of the online participation fee.


Letter of invitation

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation from the conference organisers can request one by contacting the 6th HBP Student Conference organisers, by email to: education@humanbrainproject.eu. To receive a letter of invitation, delegates must register for the conference first and submit any necessary data, as stated in the online form. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the conference organisers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference, the registration, and the attendance are the sole responsibility of the delegate.


Modification of the programme

The conference 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 conference that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.


Cancellation of the conference

In the event that the conference 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.


Travel information

Innsbruck is easy to reach from all directions by car, train, coach or plane. Detailed information can be found on the “Innsbruck Info” website. Austrian 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 website of Austria’s digital government agency.

  1. Innsbruck by plane

    Innsbruck has a regional airport that connects the city to international destinations such as Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Manchester. The flight schedule can be found under this link: https://www.innsbruck-airport.com/en/passengers-visitors/flying/timetable/

    The closest international airport is Munich Airport. From Munich, Innsbruck can be reached by coach or train within two hours.

  2. Innsbruck by train

    The main train station in Innsbruck is just a short walk away from the city centre.

    SparSchiene tickets
    The ÖBBs SparSchiene tickets (prices starting from only € 9.90) provide great connections from various cities, e.g. from Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf or Zurich. Detailed information about offers and prices can be found on the ÖBB Austrian Federal Railways website: https://www.oebb.at/

  3. Innsbruck by coach

    FlixBus provides comfortable long-distance bus trips to Innsbruck from all over Europe. The buses operate several times a day and follow direct routes. FlixBus is ideal for getting from Munich Airport to Innsbruck. In Innsbruck, the bus stop is located at "Südbahnstraße" road. More information about FlixBus is available here: https://global.flixbus.com/

  4. Innsbruck by car

    Innsbruck is located along many major traffic routes, which makes the region easily accessible by car.
  • From Vienna: A12 motorway.
  • From Switzerland: A12 motorway. Through the Arlberg Road Tunnel or toll-free via the Arlberg region.
  • From Italy: A13 (Brenner motorway); tolls apply from the exit Innsbruck-Süd.

    Further information about traveling to Innsbruck and other useful information can be found on the “Innsbruck Info” website.

Innsbruck impressions

Venue Information

Medical University Innsbruck
Fritz-Pregl Straße 3
6020 Innsbruck

Covid-19 measures

In order to enter the venue, you will be required to show a COVID certificate (proof of vaccination or recovery or a valid negative PCR test not older than 72 hours). Any additional measures or changes in Covid-19 restrictions will be communicated to registered participants via email.

Applicable Covid-19 measures for Austria can also be found here: https://www.innsbruck.info/en/destinations/covid-19.html


Affordable lodging: https://www.hostelworld.com/s?q=Innsbruck,%20Austria&city=Innsbruck&country=Austria

Hotels and other accommodation: https://www.innsbruck.info/en/destinations/accommodation.html


Practical information


The official language spoken in Austria is German. Innsbruck is the capital of the federal state Tyrol. The most common foreign languages are English and Italian.

Currency, credit cards, banking

The official currency in Austria is the EURO (EUR, €). The most common international credit cards (such as Mastercard or Visa) as well as debit cards (Maestro) are generally accepted. ATMs are available throughout the city.

Tipping is common in restaurants. If you receive good service, you can leave a gratuity of around 5%, or round-up the bill – the same applies for bars and cafés. Give the tip as you are paying the bill. For instance, if the bill is 18.50, you can simply give the waiter/waitress 20 and say “danke” (thank you) or “Stimmt so” (roughly:”Keep the change”). However, don’t say “danke” if you want to receive your change! Also don’t leave the money sitting on the table.


Winter in Innsbruck is rather cold. The average temperature in February is between -4 and 6 °C. Snowfalls are quite frequent. On average, 110 cm (43.3 inches) of snow fall per year.

Innsbruck and the surrounding region are well-known winter sport destinations, so you will find it full of skiers and snowboarders during the long winter months.

Time zone

Innsbruck is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET = GMT+1).

Please note that the information provided on this site has been obtained from several different sources and therefore the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for errors therein.


Would you like to present your own work? Find further information on the abstract submission below.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline: 27 October 2021

If you want to use the opportunity to present your research during the 6th HBP Student Conference, please submit your abstract via easychair. Your presentation can either include a brief oral and a poster presentation, or a poster presentation only.
All submissions will be evaluated by the Programme Committee with regard to their relevance for the conference in terms of topic and area of interest, their scientific merit, correctness, and the quality of presentation. Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document format. Please note that abstracts have to adhere to the conference submission template and must be organised according to the IMRaD format.

Abstract Submission

Please note that registration for the conference is mandatory for abstract submission.


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
    • Learning and memory
    • Networks underlying brain cognition and consciousness
  • 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  
    • Data curation and integration tools
    • Interactive visualisation, analysis, and control
    • High-performance computing: mathematical methods, programming models and tools
  • Brain simulation
    • Data-driven reconstruction of brain models  
    • Molecular dynamics simulation
    • Multi-scale models of the brain
    • The brain multiscale connectome
    • Development and integration of 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 behaviors
    • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethics and society
    • Industrial, economical 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


Submission guidelines

Please include all co-authors and their correct affiliations in accordance with the conference submission template . If in doubt whether a person’s contributions should or should not be considered as authorship, please refer to the ICMJE recommendations.

Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document format. The abstracts are bound to the following word and character limitations:

  • Title: 500 characters
  • Text: 1,000 words
  • Number of Figures: 2
  • No Supplementary Material

Given the nature of an interdisciplinary conference, formatting of abstracts has to be organised according to the IMRaD format [Introduction/Motivation, Methods, Results and Discussion]. Abstracts must adhere to the template available on the conference website and on the submission platform.

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 acknowledgments to the abstract.

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

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 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 acknowledgments.
  • The following information should be included on the poster: Authors' names, surnames, and affiliations.
  • Posters should be clear and easy to read. 

Joana Covelo | August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute 
Sandra Diaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich
Alice Geminiani | University of Pavia
Carmen Lupascu | Italian National Research Council
Paschal Ochang | De Montfort University
Oluyinka Oyeniji | De Montfort University
Taylan Özden | Technical University Darmstadt
Jens Egholm Pedersen | KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ingrid Reiten | University of Oslo
Alper Yegenoglu | Forschungszentrum Jülich



HBP Education Programme | Medical University Innsbruck



FAQ's and all you need to know

Registration for on-site participation

  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to all workshops
  • Conference material
  • Coffee & lunch breaks during the conference
  • Admission to social programme

The fee does not include travel and accommodation.

Registration for virtual participation

  • Admission to scientific sessions available for virtual participation
  • Admission to workshops available for virtual participation
  • Conference material


The conference will start on Tuesday 22 February 2022 at 1:00 PM CET and will end in the afternoon of Friday 25 February 2022. The programme comprises keynote lectures, student sessions, poster sessions, workshops as well as social events.


Registration fee waivers are available for a limited number of participants who successfuly submit an abstract for presentation. Participants could apply for fee waivers until 15 November 2021.


The link to our virtual conference platform as well as the online credentials will be sent out to all registered participants a few days prior to the conference.


Yes, the virtual platform is accessible to all registered participants.


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.

Also, to have the full conference experience it is important that you have installed the Zoom Desktop Client application (v5.7.0 or higher) and that you access the conference platform via the latest version of Google Chrome