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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 XII

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 (CEST)

HBP Tea & Slides Session XII - Announcement 1.4 MB

In the 12th HBP Tea & Slides session, Francesco Jamal Sheiban (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) will present "In-silico implementation of a reach-to-grasp behavioural task" and Juan Pablo Romero Bermudez (KTH, Sweden) will introduce "Real-Time Brain-Inspired Control of Collaborative Robots with Neuromorphic Hardware".

Host: Alice Geminiani (University of Pavia)

Francesco will talk about combining computational neuroscience tools with robotic devices (either real or simulated) which allow to reproduce and investigate the interactions between embodied functional brain models and sensory-rich environments, integrating neural activity and behavioural data. As these models seldom include validatable biological features, their development can be used to suggest and test hypotheses on neurophysiological or pathological mechanisms, replacing animal experiments wherever possible.

Juan will speak about how Robot control inspired by recent findings in neuroscience might be able to outperform conventional approaches in scenarios where dynamic (real-time) human-robot interaction is required.

Interested? Make sure to register and join the session on 10 June 2021 | 14:00 CEST!
Registration is free of charge but mandatory.


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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.

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 is hosted on the first Thursday of every month at 14:00 CET. 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 

In the 11th HBP Tea & Slides session Anna Lührs and Alper Yegenoglu from the Simlab Neuroscience, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, talked about the process of writing proposals for High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud and storage resources.

Anna gave a short introduction to the general principles and main steps of the application and allocation processes, with a particular focus on the Fenix infrastructure, which is available to HBP scientists through a dedicated call.

Alper recently applied for HBP/EBRAINS resources within the Fenix infrastructure. He shared his experiences on the application process. Both Anna and Alper went through the proposal and discussed important steps to consider when drafting it. Additionally, they described the general process when submitting it and how the evaluation process is performed from the applicant’s point of view, and from the perspective of the coordination office and allocation committee.

Further links:

Fenix Proposals should be sent to the ICEI Project Management Office (PMO): 



The 10th HBP Tea & Slides session featured talks by Roberta Maria Lorenzi (University of Pavia, Italy) and Simone Russo (University of Milan, Italy). Roberta talked about “Highway to a biologically-grounded model of the cerebellum: from the network design to the computational implementation” and Simone presented his research on “Cortical lesions induce local and distant electrophysiological sleep-like dynamics: an intracranial study in humans”.

Slides Talk 1 , Slides Talk 2


The 9th HBP Tea & Slides session was a special #HBPSC2021 feature with talks by the award winners of the 5th HBP Student Conference, Chiara De Luca (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) who talked about “Deep-sleep-inspired activity induces density-based-clustering on memories and entropic, energetic and classification gains” and Antoine Bellemare (Concordia University, Canada) who presented his research on “Probing the creative mind through pareidolia induced by fractal patterns”.

Slides Talk 1 ,   Slides Talk 2

The 8th HBP Tea & Slides session featured talks by Simone Coppolino (Institute of Biophysics National Research Council) who talked about his research on „Spiking neurons model, based on hippocampal circuitry, for robot navigation“ and Alberto Vergani (Aix-Marseille University) who presented his paper on “Hot coffee: associative memory with bump attractor cell assemblies of spiking neurons” .

Slides Talk 1 Slides Talk 2

In this session, Maria Del Vecchio (Italian National Research Council) and Christian Pehle (University of Heidelberg) presented their papers on "The neural correlates of tactile awareness", and "EventProp: Backpropagation for Exact Gradients in Spiking Neural Networks".

Slides Talk 1 , Slides Talk 2

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