4th HBP Student Conference - Hands-on Workshop Day

23 January 2020 | Pisa, Italy


The workshop day on 23 January was dedicated to hands-on project work on various tools and services developed in the HBP and included parallel sessions on the HBP Neurorobotics Platform, high-performance computing, SpiNNaker, NEST and data curation. There were also sessions offered on writing successful grant proposals, career development, diversity in research and dual use. Attendees of the Student Conference were invited to participate in the workshop day free of charge.

Registration for the 4th HBP Student Conference was mandatory to attend this workshop.



Registration is closed.



Registration fees in EUR

  Online registration until 8 January 2020 On-site registration
Students * 100.- 150.-
Regular participants 150.- 200.-
* A proof of your student status (student ID) will be required on site, otherwise a surcharge
(regular participant fee) has to be paid.


The registration fee includes admission to all scientific sessions, conference material and coffee breaks during the conference.
The fee does not include travel and accommodation. 

Registration fee waivers are available for a limited number of participants who successfuly submit an abstract for presentation. Participants can apply for fee waivers prior to the abstract submission deadline by sending an email to the organisers.

Confirmation of registration
You will receive an automatically generated notification via email after the registration has been completed. After your payment has been received, you will get a final confirmation.
After 8 January 2020, pre-registration will be closed, but you can also register on site at the venue.

Cancellations and refunds
Notice of cancellation has to be sent via email to the HBP Education Programme Office. The policy for refunding registration fees is as follows:

Written cancellation received:

before 30 September 2019: 80% refund
before 8 January 2020: 50% refund
from 8 January 2020: 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. 

Letter of invitation
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation from the conference organisers can request one by contacting the 4th HBP Student Conference organisers at 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.


Sandra Diaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich
Gabriel Urbain | Ghent University

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


Preliminary programme

Detailed tutorial descriptions


08:30 - 12:30 

Parallel Session I

Large-scale neural network simulations

Sandra Diaz, Alexander van Meegen, Alper Yegenoglu 
(Forschungszentrum Jülich)


Parallel Session II

Introduction to the Neurorobotics Platform

Stefano Nardo 
(Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna)
Gabriel Urbain
(Ghent University) 


Parallel Session III

How the EBRAINS data sharing service can be used to promote your science

Ingrid Reiten,
Ulrike Schlegel
(University of Oslo)


Parallel Session IV

Running spiking neural network simulations on SpiNNaker
Luca Peres, Andrew Rowley (University of Manchester) 

12:30 - 13:30






Lunch break





13:30 - 17:30

Parallel Session I

Towards responsible use of technologies: The role of researchers

Inga Ulnicane
(De Montfort University) 
Tara Mahfoud 
(King's College London)

Parallel Session II

Introduction to and applying for EBRAINS/FENIX compute resources

Sandra Diaz, Wouter Klijn (Forschungszentrum Jülich) 
Alex Upton (CSCS)



Parallel Session III

How the EBRAINS data sharing service can be used to promote your science

Ingrid Reiten,
Ulrike Schlegel
(University of Oslo)





Piazza martiri della libertà, 33
56127 Pisa PI





  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Conference material
  • Coffee breaks during the conference

The fee does not include travel and accommodation. 

Registration fee waivers were available for a limited number of participants who submitted an abstract for presentation. Participants could apply for fee waivers prior to the abstract submission deadline.

Pisa is easily accessible by air, train, bus or car. Detailed information can be found on the “Visit Pisa” website.

  1. Pisa by plane

Pisa has an airport: Aeroporto Internazionale Galileo Galilei Pisa or you can also fly to Florence: Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci. For further information, have a look at the Pisa Airport or Florence Airport website.

      2. Pisa by car

If you decide to come by car, you will find Pisa at the crossroads of two large motorways:

A12/E80 connecting Nice, Geneve, Bern, Barcelona

A11/E76 connecting Florence, Ljubljana, Vienna, Zagreb, Munich, Bratislava, Budapest

      3. Pisa by train

The main railway station in Pisa is:

  • Stazione Ferroviaria Pisa Centrale.

There is also a connection between Pisa airport and Pisa main railway station, the Pisa Mover.

If you are planning to travel by train frequently, the following tickets provide for a cheaper journey:

More information on train tickets can be found on the website of the Trenitalia or Italiarail.

For international connections by bus, train or air visit Omio.

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

In order to get to the venue you can take the bus No. 2 or 4 from the main station and get off at the station S.Lorenzo. From there it only takes you 2 minutes to the venue. 

Ho(s)tels or Youth hostel:

– You can visit the website of the City of Pisa to find a hotel: Visit Pisa

– Affordable lodging: www.hostelpisa.it or www.german.hostelworld.com/Jugendherbergen/Pisa/Italien

Bed & Breakfast:

– Visit the website of Bed & Breakfast possibilities: www.bed-and-breakfast.it/mobile/de/pisa or www.booking.com

In Italy there are a lot of Bed & Breakfast possibilities also with a very high and exclusive standard!

Hotels: (prices for single rooms)

Category 2*       Hotel Moderno from € 33

                        Hotel Milano from € 45

Category 3*       Hotel Minerva from € 60

                        Royal Victoria Hotel from € 56

Category 4*       NH Pisa from € 67

                        Grand Hotel Duomo from € 61

  • Language
    The official language spoken in Italy is Italian. Pisa is located in the province of Tuscany. The most common foreign languages in Italy are German and English.
  • Time zone
    Pisa is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET = GMT+1).
  • Currency, credit cards, banking
    The official currency in Italy is the EURO (EUR, €). The most common international credit cards (such as Mastercard or Visa) as well as debit cards (Maestro) are generally accepted in Pisa. ATMs are available throughout the city.
    Tipping is not common in Italy. Restaurant, taxi and hairdresser bills include the service charge. However, if you are very happy with the service you got, leaving a few Euros (or to round up your bill) as a tip is the way forward, but think of 10 % as the maximum to leave (i.e. when you receive exceptional service).
  • Climate
    In Italy the climate is mediterranean with its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The average temperature in January in Pisa is between 2 and 11 °C (35 and 52 °F). 
  • Electric current
    In Italy you find power plugs and sockets of type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Tap water
    Tap water should be safe to drink in Italy. 

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.




Egidio Falotico | Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Federica Radici | Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Theresa Rass | Medical University Innsbruck
Laura Saxer | Medical University Innsbruck