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The HBP Student Representatives & Ambassadors, supported by the HBP Education Programme, invite you to a virtual coffee/tea break featuring talks by young researchers for young researchers. The two 10-minute talks are followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience.


Tea & Slides Session VII

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 14:00 – 14:30 (CET)

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The 7th HBP Tea & Slides session will feature talks by Maria Del Vecchio (Italian National Research Council) and Christian Pehle (University of Heidelberg)

Maria will present her paper on "The neural correlates of tactile awareness". Somatosensory tonic responses parallel the features of recurrent processing already proposed to play a crucial role in visual perception, thus suggesting an analogous link between tonic responses and recurrent processing within tactile perception. In this talk, Maria will discuss new insight into the link between somatosensory long-lasting responses and tactile awareness converging evidence from stereo-EEG recordings in drug resistant epileptic patients and neurophysiology.

Christian will talk about his paper on "EventProp: Backpropagation for Exact Gradients in Spiking Neural Networks" and will present a novel learning algorithm that computes exact gradients for spiking neural networks: EventProp. It is analogous to the backpropagation algorithm for artificial neural networks that has enabled the current success of Deep Learning. EventProp is an event-based algorithm and can be implemented on neuromorphic hardware such as SpiNNaker or BrainScaleS.

Interested? Make sure to register and join the session on 3 December 14:00 CET!


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Please note that registration is free of charge but mandatory.


Apply now to become a speaker in our next HBP Tea & Slides session!

Present your work and raise your profile within and outside the HBP. As it is a crucial skill for researchers to present their work, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and to receive valuable feedback from your peers. You can also request a certificate from the HBP Education Programme if you want to add this experience to your CV.

HBP Tea & Slides will be hosted on the first Thursday of every month at 14:00 CET, starting with 5 November. Submissions need to be handed in one week prior to the session.

In order to apply, please send an email to education@humanbrainproject.eu stating:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Field of study
  • Involvement in HBP (Work package)
  • Title of your talk + short description of the content (2–3 sentences)
  • Agree or disagree for your online presentation to be recorded (Check if you have the property rights of information on your slides!) 


Past sessions - recordings and materials 

The 6th HBP Tea & Slides session was very special as it featured non-scientific talks on Career Development presented by Karin Grasenick & Julia Trattnig (convelop, Austria) and Ziv Ben-Zion (Tel-Aviv University).

Karin, Julia and Ziv discussed factors for successful career development and gave tips on how to find a postdoc position.


Slides Talk 1, Slides Talk 2

Additional Material: The art of saying a positive no

The fifth Tea & Slides  session featured talks about "Quality of Life in NEURON: My expressive multiscale Python tools" introduced by Robin De Schepper (University of Pavia) and “Cellular-resolution two-photon microscopy uncovers the spatio-temporal organization of the cerebellar granular layer activity” presented by Marialuisa Tognolina (University of Pavia).


Slides talk 1, Slides talk 2


This time, Petruț Bogdan (The University of Manchester, HBP WP 6) presented "SpiNNaker: A Spiking Neural Network" and Jennifer Goldman (European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience, CNRS; HBP WP 2) talked about "A scale-integrated approach to understanding brain states; from single neuron biophysics to macroscopic neural dynamics" Talk 2 was not recorded because of unpublished material.



This session featured talks about “Techniques for the visualization and improvement of brain structure descriptions” presented by Juan José García Cantero (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain) and “Goal driven neural network models of biological movement control” introduced by Hari Teja Kalidindi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy).


Slides Talk 1Slides Talk 2



This time, Miriam Menzel (Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich) presented “Light Scattering Measurements Enable an Improved Reconstruction of Nerve Fiber Crossings” and Sandra Diaz (Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich) talked about structural plasticity in spiking neural networks and the implementation of a model to study this phenomenon using the NEST simulator.

Slides talk I


The first HBP Tea & Slides Session consisted of talks by Alice Geminiani (University of Pavia) and Jens E. Pedersen (KTH Stockholm). Alice introduced the world of the cerebellum, showing how data-driven models of the cerebellar circuit can elucidate the neural bases of motor learning and explain disease mechanisms. Jens presented how we can exploit the growing knowledge within both neuroscience and computer science to train brain-inspired control systems on neuromorphic hardware. The talks were followed by short Q&A sessions with participants.

Slides talk ISlides talk II


Ziv Ben-Zion | Tel Aviv University
Petruț Antoniu Bogdan | University of Manchester
Sandra Díaz Pier | Forschungszentrum Jülich
Alice Geminiani | University of Pavia
Carmen Alina Lupascu | Italian National Research Council
Jens Egholm Pedersen | KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ingrid Reiten | University of Oslo
Alper Yegenoglu  | Forschungszentrum Jülich

Judith Kathrein | Medical University Innsbruck
Johanna Fusseis | Medical University Innsbruck