HBP Student Ambassadors represent the student community of their WPs. They help to strengthen the student communityraise awareness for the HBP Education Programme and serve as a mouthpiece between students and Student Representative.

Student Ambassadors are a point of contact for Student Representatives, the Education Programme Office and the student community. They provide input from their WPs to ensure that the interests of all HBP students are equally represented in the HBP Education Programme.


Name: Ziv Ben-Zion

Social Media/Get in Touch: | | @ZivBenZion1 (Twitter) |

Role: PhD Student

Work package & Location: WP1 | Tel-Aviv University (Israel)

Research/Thesis Title: Neurocognitive Moderators of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Trajectories  

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: I'm currently serving both as a Student Ambassador for WP1 and as a representative of the HBP Student community in the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee. My HBP journey started in the HBP Open Day & Summit at Maastricht, Netherlands (October 2018), presenting a poster on novel classification of recent trauma survivors. In 2019, I've participated and presented my PhD results both in the 3rd HBP Student Conference in February 2019 (Ghent, Belgium), and in the HBP Workshop on Cognitive Systems in December 2019 (Glasgow, Scotland). Recently, I was lucky to give an oral presentation at the 4th HBP Student Conference (January 2020, Pisa, Italy). 



Name: Petruț Antoniu Bogdan (Peter) 

Social Media/Get in Touch: (Web Page) | | @pabmcr (Twitter) | in/petrutbogdan/ (LinkedIn) 

Role: Research Associate

Work package & Location: WP6 | University of Manchester (UK)

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: As a Student Ambassador I took part in organising the Young Researchers Event (YRE) in Geneva, Switzerland (September 2017), the 2nd HBP Student Conference: Transdisciplinary Research Linking Neuroscience, Brain Medicine and Computer Science in Ljubljana, Slovenia (February 2018) and  the 3rd HBP Student Conference: On interdisciplinary brain research in Ghent, Belgium (February 2019). I have also assisted in creating a "welcome package" for students and staff who are new to the HBP to familiarise them with common resources, events and contact persons.
I work on the SpiNNaker neuromorphic platform (we've written an open-access book about it!). My PhD was related to structural plasticity simulation, while my postdoc is concerned with large-scale simulations of cerebellum.


Name: Sandra Díaz Pier

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Role: PhD student

Work package & Location: WP 5 | Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

Research/Thesis Title: Structural plasticity

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: I was one of the Student Representatives in the HBP Education Programme for SGA2 where my role, among other things, was to be the voice of the HBP Student community in the HBP Education Programme committee. I have been involved in the organization of the last two Young Researchers Events and the last two HBP Student Conferences.
My focus in the activities with the Student Ambassadors is to work on boosting the involvement of students in collaborative HBP activities and making information about the Project more accessible to them. I also want to increase the awareness within the Student community about all the interesting and unique possibilities that the HBP offers for further development of research and social skills. I am also working on setting up a course to help students acquire new skills regarding grant proposal writing, which are essential for a successful career in academia and research. I am proud of being part of the HBP and being able to represent the students in the HBP Education Programme. I welcome any suggestions, comments and questions and will try to address them in the best way possible.


Name: Camilla Hagen Blixhavn

Social Media/Get in Touch: | @CBlixhavn (Twitter) | in/camilla-hagen-blixhavn/ (LinkedIn)

Role: Researcher 

Work package & Location: WP 4 | University of Oslo (Norway)

Research Title: “Data integration through digital brain atlasing”

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: When I joined the Young Researcher’s Event in Belgrade, July 2019, to hold a workshop, I gained more insight into the good work of the HBP Student Representatives and Ambassadors and decided to join the team. As I am involved in various communication and dissemination tasks in WP4, it fits quite well to collaborate on such matters across the Student community of the HBP. 


Name: Lionel Kusch

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Role: PhD Student

Work package & Location: WP 1 | Aix-Marseille University (France)

Research/Thesis Title: Spiking neuron network at rest and in disease 

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: I have joined the HBP Student Ambassadors because I am involved in the creation of the collaboration between the HBP and the PhD programme in neuroscience of my university. During the end of SGA2, I was involved to transfer information of the Education Programme to the young researchers in SP4. I will try to continue the role to be a link between young researchers and the HBP Education Programme in WP1 of SGA3. 


Name: Carmen Alina Lupascu

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Role: PostDoc Researcher

Work package & Location: WP 5 | CNR (Palermo, Italy)

Research Title: "Trans-synaptic signaling and receptor kinetics"

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: In 2017, I was involved in the organisation of the Young Researchers Event in Geneva  and in 2019/2020, I was a member of the Programme Committee of the 4th HBP Student Conference, which was an occasion for me to improve my communication and organization skills. As an HBP Student Ambassador I am part of the promotion group and I have the task to support the promotion of the HBP Education Programme on a project-wide basis.


Name: Jens Egholm Pedersen

Social Media/Get in Touch: | @jensegholm (Twitter) | in/jens-egholm-pedersen-69543117 (LinkedIn)

Role: PhD Student

Work package & Location: WP 3 | Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) (Sweden)

Research/Thesis Title: "Autonomous neuromorphic control systems"

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: As a young aspiring researcher, I was thrilled to participate in a number of HBP Education events, packed with knowledge and kindness. As a Student Ambassador, I am involved in the coordination of the HBP Tea & Slide events, and will continue to work on strengthening the scientific and cross-disciplinary foundations within the HBP Student community.


Name: Alper Yegenoglu 

Role: PhD student

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Work package & Location: WP5 | Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

Research/Thesis title: Meta-learning and hyper-parameter Optimization in Artificial and Biological Networks

Role and Activities amongst the Student Ambassadors: After participating the HBP Summit and the first HBP Student Conference in Vienna (Austria), I wanted to contribute to the HBP Student community. In 2018, I joined the HBP Education team as a Student Ambassador for SP7 (High Performance Computing), and now for WP5. In January 2019, I was part of the 4th HBP Student Conference Programme Committee. I like the familiar atmosphere of these student events, it gives a good insight on the ongoing and novel research inside the HBP. But it also creates opportunities to connect to new researches and to discuss lot’s of scientific topics. As a Student Ambassador my goal is not only to promote student activities but also to create connections and collaborations between young researchers in the community.