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 confernce 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 for on-site and virtual attendance will open in September 2021.

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
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