2016 HBP Summit Open Day




First HBP Open Day, 12 October 2016, Florence, Italy.

For the first time, the HBP Summit kicked off with a public Open Day. The day's activities, talks and demonstrations took place in the Palazzo Affari building in the Firenze Fiera Conference and Exhibition Centre

Recorded Live streaming

Morning Sessions


Afternoon Sessions


The programme included an interactive Science Market, with booths showcasing the work carried out throughout the HBP Consortium. The booths featured scientists and engineers presenting their work, carrying out live demonstrations, and offering hands-on opportunities to test tools. In parallel, plenary talks focused on general project presentations, and provided an in-depth picture of the work undertaken by the HBP's Italian Partners.

The Open Day put the spotlight on young researchers, with the "Being Young and Smart" plenary talk, the announcement of the Writing Competition winners, and opportunities for young researchers to find out about career prospects in the world of neuroscience.

All participants were invited to attend an art and music performance at the end of the day.





Opening of Morning Session Francesco Pavone - LENS  


Welcome Speech Municipality/Rector of University  


The HBP Explained- Download Presentation

Katrin Amunts - JUELICH
Chair: Daniela Corda - CNR


The Numbersense- Download Presentation David Burr - UNIFI
Chair: Daniela Corda - CNR


The Cognitive Computing and The LENS/IBM Cliconlab Experience - Download Presentation

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Pietro Leo - Executive Architect at IBM Italy
Chair: Daniela Corda - CNR

Science Market: Open 

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Being Young and Smart- Download Presentation Alois Saria - MUI
Chair: Daniela Corda - CNR




Afternoon Session Video

00:00 - 42:00

How Italy Can Benefit from HBP Chair: Francesco Pavone - LENS Science Market: Guided Tours and Career Talks
The Italian Neuroscience Community and HBP 

Fiorenzo Conti - President of the Italian Society for Neuroscience

The Italian Flagship Nanomax

Gimmi Ratto - NEST

42:28 - 1:52:00

HBP in Italy I

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Chair: Francesco Pavone - LENS
Consciouness and Brain Complexity: from the Macro to the Microscale - Download Presentation Marcello Massimini - UNIMI
HBP, Neurons and Microcircuit Modelling Egidio D'Angelo - UNIPV
From Gene Sequences to Antibodies: the Potential of the IACT Platform for the Human Brain Project - Download Presentation Antonino Cattaneo - SNS
Neuroscience and Robotics: the HBP Neurorobotics Platform - Download Presentation Cecilia Laschi - SSSA
CINECA and the HBP High-Performance Analytics and Computing Platform - Download Presentation Giovanni Erbacci - CINECA

1:52:30 - 

HBP in Italy II Chair: Egidio D'Angelo - UNIPV
Exploring Synaptic Function with Intrabodies against Gephyrin and Neuroligins - Download Presentation Enrico Cherubini - EBRI
From single neuron to whole brain morpho-functionality: optical measurements and platforms involvement - Download Presentation Francesco Pavone - LENS
Simulation of Cortical Activity on Thousands of Standard and Special Processors - Download Presentation Pier Stanislao Paolucci - INFN
What can a Sleeping Brain Tell us about its Functions? - Download Presentation Maurizio Mattia - ISS
The Brain Simulation Platform: How it can be Used to Advance our Knowledge of the Brain - Download Presentation Michele Migliore - CNR


HBP Scientists who attended the Open Day

  Marc Oliver Gewaltig

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig co-directs the Neurorobotics Subproject and leads the Neurorobotics Section of the Blue Brain Project at EPFL in Lausanne. In his research, Dr. Gewaltig investigates the computational properties of the neocortical column in closed action-perception loops. He also has a strong interest in the computer science for large-scale neural simulations and is co-author of the neural simulation tool NEST (www.nest-initiative.org). Before joining EPFL in 2011, Marc-Oliver Gewaltig was Principal Scientist (2003-2011) and Project Leader (1998-2002) at the Honda Research Institute Europe in Offenbach, Germany, where he worked on detailed columnar models of information processing in the primate visual cortex and on learning and plasticity.

  Javier DeFelipe

Javier DeFelipe is a research professor specialised in correlating morphological electron microscopy data with data on synaptic connectivity generated through the use of functional markers, or by intracellular labelling. He was the Spanish project leader for the NASA Neurolab project and is the Director of the Cajal Blue Brain Project. A former associate editor of Brain Research and the chief editor of Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, he serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, Experimental Neurology and Cerebral Cortex. A highly cited author, Professor DeFelipe has given more than 270 international lectures. He is the recipient of the Cortical Discoverer Award from the Cajal Club. His work in neuroscience is summarised in a recent article in Science entitled "From the connectome to the synaptome: an epic love history". DeFelipe co-directs HBP research in multi-level structural organisation of the mouse brain.

  Thomas Lippert

Thomas Lippert, the head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, is also the Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), the managing director of the John von Neumann-Institut für Computing and director of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, section JARA-HPC. Prof. Lippert holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, Germany. Moreover he is chairman of the board of directors of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing e.V., and the coordinator of the EU-funded PRACE implementation projects 1-5 IP. Prof. Lippert is Leader of the HBP's High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform.

  Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts is Managing Director of the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the University of Dusseldorf and Director of the Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine 1 (Structural and Functional Organisation of the Brain) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Since 2012 Dr. Amunts has been a member of the German Ethics Council. She is spokesperson for the Helmholtz Association programme, Decoding the Human Brain and a member of the editorial board of the journal Brain Structure and Function. In her scientific work, Dr. Amunts addresses the in-depth structural and functional organisation of the brain. She works on the development of a multimodal brain model using modern ICT. Together with her group she has generated JuBrain, a cytoarchitectonic brain atlas with probabilistic brain maps that are free to access for the scientific community.

  Steve Furber

Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. After completing a BA in mathematics and a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Cambridge, UK, he spent the 1980s at Acorn Computers, where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Over 75 billion variants of the ARM processor have since been manufactured, powering much of the world's mobile and embedded computing. He moved to the ICL Chair at Manchester in 1990 where he leads research into asynchronous and low-power systems and, more recently, neural systems engineering, where the SpiNNaker project is delivering a computer incorporating a million ARM processors optimised for brain modelling applications.

  Kathinka Evers

Kathinka Evers is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Sweden, Honorary Professor at the Central University of Chile, Chile, and has been Invited professor at Collège de France, Paris. She is Director of the Ethics & Society SP12 in the European Human Brain Project, leading the research in philosophy and neuroethics. Formerly the Executive Director for the Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science (SCRES) of the International Council for Science (ICSU), her main research interests are in neuroethics and philosophy, with special focus on analyses of consciousness and brain simulation.

  Andreas Grübl

Andreas Grübl received a Ph.D. in Physics from Heidelberg University, Germany in 2007. He is now leader of the Electronics department of the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Heidelberg University and a senior researcher at the Electronic Vision(s) research group of Karlheinz Meier. There he gained 9 years of post-doctoral experience in designing and building complex microelectronics systems for brain-inspired information processing. His research focus is on new methods for the implementation of large mixed-signal SoCs (system on a chip) with the main focus on wafer-scale integration of hardware neural networks.

  Jean-Pierre G. Changeux

Jean-Pierre G. Changeux is an honorary professor at the Pasteur Institute and at the Collège de France in Paris. He received his doctorate in natural sciences from Institut Pasteur in 1964 under the supervision of Jacques Monod and completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then returned to the Pasteur Institute, where he was director of the Unit of Molecular Neurobiology from 1972 to 2006. From 1992-1998 Changeux was chairman of the French National Bioethics Committee (1992-1998). He has written or co-written several books on neuroscience for general audiences, including Neuronal Man; Conversations on Mind Matter and Mathematics; What Makes Us Think: A Neuroscientist and a Philosopher Argue About Ethics Human Nature and the Brain;" and The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge. He is a member of the US National Academy of Science and has received many awards for his work including the Canada-Gairdner foundation award, the Richard Lounsbery Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Balzan Prize, the National Academy of Science's Award in Neuroscience and the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He is Grand Croix of the Légion d'Honneur."

  Viktor Jirsa

Viktor Jirsa is Director of Research at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Marseille, France. He is also Director of the Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes at Aix-Marseille University. Since the late 90s Dr. Jirsa has made major contributions to the understanding of how network connectivity constrains brain function using methods from computational neuroscience. He has developed personalized brain network models finding applications in Epilepsy and aging. Dr. Jirsa is the project leader of the neuroinformatics platform The Virtual Brain (www.thevirtualbrain.org), which is part of the Brain Network Recovery Group (Brain NRG led by Randy McIntosh), an international consortium of 15 laboratories. Dr. Jirsa is also deputy-lead of SP4 Theoretical Neuroscience of the Human Brain Project. He has been awarded several international and national awards for his research including the Prime of Scientific Excellence (CNRS, 2011), the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award by NASPSPA in 2004 and the Francois Erbsmann Prize in 2001. He is invited regularly to major international conferences and has given more than 150 invited lectures, including various keynote addresses and plenary lectures. Dr. Jirsa is Editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal (EPJ) Nonlinear Biomedical Physics, serves on various Editorial and Scientific Advisory Boards and has published more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as co-edited several books including the Handbook of Brain Connectivity.

  Francesco Pavone

Francesco Pavone obtained his laurea in physics from the University of Florence and a Ph.D. in optics from the Italian National Institute for Optics. He was successively maître de conférences associé at the Collège de France, a collaborator at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris under Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, associate professor of physics in the Department of Physics of the University of Perugia (Italy), and Scientific Director of the Section of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence. Today he is a full professor at the University of Florence Department of Physics and Director of LENS. He has published more than 110 articles on peer-reviewed international journals, 12 chapters on books and has edited 3 monographies. He has given more than 75 invited talks in national and international conferences and has contributed to 150 proceedings. In the last 5 years the Team has got 1 international grant, Human Frontier Science Programme, 7 European and 6 national research grants. Furthermore, in 2016 Pavone has got the ERC Advanced Grant. In the Human Brain Project Pavone lead. Francesco Pavone in HBP will lead the imaging team, which will produce 3D maps of mouse, on both whole-brain and meso-scale levels, with structural and functional imaging on human and mouse brain samples. "

  Alain Destexhe

Alain Destexhe is a physicist and Research Director (DR1) at the CNRS, in the Unité de Neurosciences, Information & Complexité (UNIC) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, CNRS. At UNIC he leads the computational neuroscience group comprising three permanent researchers, postdocs and PhD students. He is Editor in Chief of The Journal of Computational Neuroscience, and in the board of five other journals including Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Neural Engineering. He has been involved in European projects (such as FACETS and BrainScaleS, where he was WP leader), and numerous grant review committees. He is author of two monographs, three edited books, and about 200 publications, including more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2014, Alain Destexhe initiated the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN) in Paris, which he now leads as co-Director of SP4, in the framework of HBP.

  Ferath Kherif

Ferath Kherif is a senior lecturer at CHUV/UNIL and a Principal Investigator at the Laboratoire de recherche en neuroimagerie (LREN) conducting multi-disciplinary research in two key domains: mathematical/statistical modelling and psychology of language and memory. He is a co-author of the Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software, a leading software for brain imaging analysis worldwide. He has developed innovative methods for multivariate fMRI analysis (Kherif et al. 2002) with successful implementation in cognitive domains (Simon et al. 2004) and clinical domains (Kawasaki et al. 2007). Before joining the LREN he carried out research on motor speech theory in Cambridge at the Cognition and Brain Sciences unit and at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.