4th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research

21-23 January 2020 | Pisa, Italy


The human brain is such a complex system that it can only be understood by combining knowledge and practices from multiple scientific fields. The 4th HBP Student Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of new ideas among young researchers working across various aspects of science relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP). 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.


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.



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 4th HBP Student Conference. Your presentation will include either a poster presentation only or a brief oral and a poster presentation.

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.




Please note that registration for the conference is mandatory. Registration will open soon.



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
  • 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 
    • Brain simulation engines 
    • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • 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
  • Medical informatics
    • Tools for federated data management
    • Data mining and machine learning approaches to data analysis
    • Biological signatures of diseases
  • Neurorobotics
    • Design
    • HBP Neurorobotics Platform
    • Robot designer and brain interfaces & body integrator
  • High Performance Computing
    • Mathematical methods, programming models and tools 
    • Interactive visualisation, analysis and control
  • Ethics and society
    • Industrial, economic and social consequences of the HBP
    • Conceptual and philosophical issues
    • Researcher awareness



Submission guidelines:

  • Authorship:
    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.


  • Abstract body:
    The abstract body has a limit of one page, an extra page can be used for figures and bibliography. Given that it is 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.
    References should be included at the end of the abstract. A reasonable amount of illustrations, figures and tables may be included within the abstract body. It is allowed to add acknowledgements to the abstract.
    Abstracts may be edited up to the deadline of 30 September 2019.
    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.

  • Submitting your abstract:
    • Please submit your abstract online using the submission webpage
    • If you have no EasyChair account, please create an account
    • Follow the instructions on the webpage and enter authors, title, and keywords (min. 3)
    • Select topics relevant to your submission from the list
    • Indicate your preferred mode of presentation
    • Upload your abstract as a PDF version under "Uploads" (you can find an abstract template below)
    • Submit your abstract


Icon Abstract template (29.2 KB)


Abstracts can be edited up to the submission deadline.



Poster guidelines:

  • The recommended poster size is A0 (841 x 1189 mm, portrait format). The minimum poster size is A2 (420 x 594 mm).
  • 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. Type size should be sufficiently large to allow people to read from two meters away.
  • Posters should be printed by the authors prior to the start of the conference. There is no printing possibility on site. All other materials required for putting up the posters will be available at the conference.




Laura Saxer, Theresa Rass
HBP Education Programme Office | Medical University Innsbruck



Gabriel Urbain | Ghent University

Sandra Diaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich

Carmen Alina Lupascu | Italian National Research Council

Luca Peres | University of Manchester

Marta Turégano | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Alexander van Meegen | Forschungszentrum Jülich

Alper Yegenoglu | Forschungszentrum Jülich