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April 2022
  • Sun 10

    Symposium "From Cortical Microcircuits to Consciousness" (CORTICON)

    The Symposium: From Cortical Microcircuits to Consciousness aims at bringing together the Human Brain Project’s neuroscientists and invited guests to present their latest achievements in understanding neurocircuit dynamics at microscales, meso- and macro-scales, including the emergence of consciousness. Theories of consciousness will be reviewed and challenged by new findings from brain circuits and behavior. The involvement of neuronal and neuroglial cells in brain functioning, memory, learning, cognition and consciousness in health and disease will be discussed from the experimental and theoretical perspective.

    The Symposium will offer a hands-on session on The Virtual Brain, the platform of EBRAINS for constructing and simulating personalised brain network models. EBRAINS is the European research infrastructure for gathering, processing and simulating brain data.

    Finally, the Symposium will address the recent advances in neuroethics and neurophilosophy in neuroscience research and society.


    Registration are OPEN as well as a call for POSTER ABSTRACT submission.

    Please note that only accepted forms of payment will be debit/credit card and CNRS internal purchase order.


    See latest updated program on the event page on the Human Brain Project website:


    Walter Senn
    | University of Bern (Human Brain Project)
    Aušra Saudargien | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (External partner)

    Alain Destexhe | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 
    Viktor Jirsa | Aix-Marseille University
    Michele Migliore | Italian National Research Council
    Marja-Leena Linne| Tampere University



    Katrin Amunts | Human Brain Project Scientific Research Director
    Melanie Boly | University of Wisconsin, USA
    Stanislas Dehaene | Collège de France
    Alain Destexhe | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France 
    Kathinka Evers | Uppsala University, Sweden
    Wulfram Gerstner | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski | KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
    Viktor Jirsa | Aix-Marseille University, France
    Christof Koch | Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, USA
    Matthew Larkum | Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
    Marja-Leena Linne | Tampere University of Technology, Finland
    Marcello Massimini | University of Milan, Italy
    Lucia Melloni | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Germany
    Michele Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
    Lars Muckli | University of Glasgow, UK
    Theofanis Panagiotaropoulos | Inserm, NeuroSpin, France
    Cyriel Pennartz | University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Panayiota Poirazi | IMBB-FORTH, Greece
    Petra Ritter | Berlin Institute of Health, Germany
    Pieter Roelfsema | Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Netherlands
    Ausra Saudargiene | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
    Walter Senn | University of Bern, Switzerland
    Johan Storm | Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
    Chris Summerfield | University of Oxford, UK
    Marmaduke Woodman | Aix-Marseille University, France

  • Mon 18

    Workshop & Public lecture on "Brain, AI, and Society"

    Workshop & public lecture on "AI, the Brain and Society".

    EITN is co-organizing a workshop and public lecture on "Brain, AI, and Society".

    Organizers: Boris Gutkin, Adrienne Fairhall, and Alain Destexhe.

    The workshop is set to take place as an internal community event from 19 to 20 April 2022 at IEA, 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris.

    The corresponding public lecture will be open to everyone upon registration, and will take place on 19 April 2022 at a location to be announced.




    A two day workshop on AI, the Brain and Society at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (Quai d’Anjou, Ile St Louis) on April 19 and 20 will bring together scientists, engineers, philosophers and ethicists to discuss how brain science is impacting the development of AI, what AI has to tell us about the brain, and how AI advances will influence society, our interactions with one another and with our devices.  The workshop will include around 70 people, including researchers, technologists and students from the Paris area as well as international invited speakers. The meeting will focus primarily on open discussion in panels.  

    We hope that the meeting will result in a novel Perspectives style piece that we can work on collectively.


    Current speakers include:

    • Yoshua Bengio, MILA, Montreal
      • One of the founders of Deep Learning, author of the Montreal Declaration on AI.
    • Yann LeCun, Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research, Paris and NYU
      • One of the founders of Deep Learning, lead researcher at Facebook.
    • Blaise Aguera y Arcas, VP Fellow, Google Research, Seattle.
      • Leads development team on privacy-preserving AI and federated learning
    • Kathinka Evers, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University
      • Professor of philosophy. Neuroethics lead in the Human Brain Project
    • Golnoosh Farnadi, HEC Montreal
      • Professor of machine learning with a focus on AI ethics and fair decision making
    • Catherine Tallon-Baudry, ENS Paris
      • Neuroscientist, specialist in brain-visceral coupling in humans and their contribution to the biological basis of consciousness
    • Antonio Damasio, USC. 
      • Renowned neuroscientist with a focus on emotion and decision making, author of “Descartes’ Error”
    • Ida Mommenajad, Microsoft Research, Montreal. 
      • Researcher of cognitive models of reinforcement learning
    • Laurence Devillers, LIMSI-CNRS, DATAIA Institute, Paris
      • Professor of artificial intelligence and AI ethics
    • Elizabeth Buffalo, University of Washington
      • Neuroscientist, representations of memory and cognition in primates
    • Gloria Origgi, ENS, Paris
      • Philosopher of mind, researcher into trust in the internet age, author of the recent book “Reputation”   
    • Stefano Palminteri, ENS, Paris
      • Cognitive scientist, models of reinforcement learning and human behavior

    Public lecture


    Connected with the meeting, we plan a public event on the evening of 20th April with industry and academic leaders in AI, Yoshua Bengio (MILA Montreal), Yann LeCun (Facebook AI Research) and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Google Research) to discuss the state and trajectory of artificial intelligence, and how we can manage the ethical and societal consequences of these developments.

    Artificial intelligence technologies are becoming increasingly powerful and pervasive. How can we ensure that these developments move us in a direction that is positive for humanity? This panel event is an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to technologists in leadership roles at Google, Facebook and at the academic/industry interface. Moderated by Kathinka Evers, lead neuroethicist at the Human Brain Project, the goal is to generate a dialogue between the public and leaders in the AI community.

    A conversation with:

    • Yann LeCun (Facebook),
    • Yoshua Bengio (Mila Quebec)
    • Blaise Agüera y Arcas (Google Research)

    Discussion moderated by neuroethicist and philosopher of mind Kathinka Evers (Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, at Uppsala University).

    Free but registration is mandatory.

    Register here:

    With the support of :

    • NSF ACCELNET International Network for Bio-Inspired Computing (IN-BIC)
    • UW Computational Neuroscience Center (UW-CNC).
    • European Institute for Theroretical Neuroscience (EITN)
    • The Human Brain Project
    • Université Paris-Saclay
    • Group for Neural Theory from the Département d'Etudes Cognitives (NT-DEC) of ENS
    • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Institut des Etudes Avancées (IEA)

May 2022
  • Sun 01

    Workshop: "Virtual Brains & Digital Twins: A Tentative Roadmap - Neuroethical perspectives"

    Workshop on "Virtual Brains & Digital Twins", co-organised by Kathinka Evers, Viktor Jirsa and Alain Destexhe.

    This workshop is free but registration is mandatory.

    Register here.



    13:00 – 13:15  | Welcome & short introduction - Kathinka Evers & Maxime Guye

    13:15 – 14:15  | Theme 1. Virtual Brains & Digital Twins in Neuroethics & Science

    Moderator: Maxime Guye

    13:15 – 13:30  | Kathinka Evers: Epistemic and Neuroethical Challenges of Virtual Brains & Digital Twins: Why Concepts Matter

    13:30  – 13:45  | Viktor Jirsa: On the nature of a digital brain twin: how real is it?

    13:45 – 14:15  | Panel discussion

    Panel members: Jean-Pierre Changeux, Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski, Viktor Jirsa, Kathinka Evers


    14:15 – 15:15  | Theme 2. Neuroethics & Responsible Innovation: Mapping the Issues

    Moderator: Kathinka Evers

    14:15 – 14:30  | Arleen Salles: Some ethical issues related to virtual brains and digital twins

    14:30 – 14:45  | Manuel Guerrero: Mapping the Neuroethical Issues on Digital Twins in Alzheimer research and treatment

    14:45 – 15:15  | Panel discussion

    Panel members: Pawel Swieboda, Florent Gaillard, Manuel Guerrero, Arleen Salles


    15:15 – 15:45  | Coffee break


    15:45 – 16:45  | Theme 3.  Early career researchers' perspectives on questioning modelling practices: individual and structural perspectives

    15:45 – 16:00  | Three short introductions

    • Mallory Carlu: Why do we build models (and why we should (always) ask this question)?
    • Damien Depannemaecker: How we build and validate models: on the loss of reality and its propagation
    • Lionel Kusch: How do we use models, and who are "we"? Standardisation and popularity of models

    16:00 – 16:40  | Questions to the audience :
    An interactive session during which randomly chosen attendees will address one of the proposed questions about their relationship with modelling.

    16:40 – 16:45  | Synthesis


    16:45 – 17:00  | Thanks & wrapping up 

    17:00 –18:00  |  Apéritif

  • Mon 02

    WP1 Meeting

    This is an internal Human Brain Project WP1 meeting.

    If you are working within HBP WP1 and would like more info, please contact EITN at

July 2022
  • Thu 07

    FENS Satellite Workshop : "EU infracture empowering brain research "

    EBRAINS FENS Satellite event 'EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Symposium: addressing grand challenges in brain research', will be taking place 08 July 2022 in Paris. In between sessions, it will be possible to visit the EBRAINS showroom with hands-on demonstrations of the platform co-organized by EITN.


    The EBRAINS FENS satellite event, 'EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Symposium: addressing grand challenges in brain research', aims to bring together experimental, clinical and computational neuroscientists. The programme is structured to highlight the bridges between basic and clinical neuroscience and computational neuroscience. It will be structured therefore around four sessions on why, what, how and where to integrate multi-resolution and multi-scale data for neuroscience research.


    Registration is free but mandatory to attend, see information and registration on the webpage of the event:

September 2022
  • Tue 20

    EITN Fall School 2022

    EITN School in Computational Neuroscience, 2022 session

    The EITN Spring School in Computational Neuroscience consists of a 10-day course in theoretical and computational neuroscience, from cellular to whole-brain levels. The course is structured in thematic days with lectures, tutorials, and project work.

    The course is typically aimed for PhD students, young postdocs, or master students interested to learn more about techniques of computational neuroscience, and the use of various simulation environments for model building. The students will form thematic groups to work on predefined subjects, with the help of tutors.

    The course will cover cellular models, models of brain signals, circuit models and networks, mean-field models, and whole-brain models. There will be lectures and tutorials associated to these topics.


    Sacha Van Albada (Julich)
    Albert Gidon (U Berlin)
    Hermann Cuntz (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Ernst Strüngmann Institute)
    Alain Destexhe (CNRS)
    Matteo di Volo (University Lyon 1)
    Spase Petkoski (Aix-Marseille Univ.)
    Gorka Zamora-Lopez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

    To be completed.


    Who is this training for?

    • Neuroscience (and related fields) students and related
    • Post-doctoral/early-career researchers

    Why join?

    • 10 days of intensive training in computational neuroscience provided by researchers from all over Europe
    • Small scale event: get to connect!
    • A complete program:
      • Cellular models, and models of brain signals
      • Circuit models and networks
      • Mean-field models
      • Whole-brain models
    • Hands-on learning schedule based on:
      • Morning classes and tutorials
      • Group projects in the afternoon
      • Free time in the evenings to visit Paris

    How to apply?

    This training has a limited capacity of 20 students, therefor a selection will be performed by a scientific organizing committee. Applications are open until 30 June 2022.

    Send your application by email at You will receive a confirmation your application has be received within 5 working days (or on the day application period closes (whichever comes the soonest). If not, please consider a technical issue and submit your application again. Contact for any question or assistance.

    Selection criteria include:

    • Working or studying in neuroscience or related
    • Experience in python programming would help
    • Priority is given to PhD students as the primary target of this training, although Master students and post-docs are welcome to apply

    Practical information:

    • If selected, registration fee to attend the training is 400€.
    • If selected, you will need to bring your own laptop with a few pre-installed programs.
    • The tuition fee includes lunch, coffee, access to conference facilities and internet connection during the course days (Sunday not included).

    Location Institut Supérieur Clorivière, 119 Bd Diderot, 75012 Paris

    This training is design to be attended in-person in Paris. It will not be recorded nor accessible remotely.


    Nicolas Brunel
    Hermann Cuntz
    Gustavo Deco
    Alain Destexhe
    Matteo di Volo
    Albert Gidon
    Jennifer Goldman
    Moritz Helias
    Borana Dollomaja
    Maurizio Mattia
    Spase Petkoski
    Bartosz Telenczuk
    Sacha Van Albada
    Gorka Zamora-Lopez
    Damien Depannemaecker
    Domenico Guarino
    Marcel Stimberg
    Jorge Mejias
    Kirsten Fischer
    Michael Dick
    Renan Shimoura
    András Ecker
    Athanasia Papoutsi
    Marja-Leena Linne
    Gaute Einevoll
    Agnes Korcsak-Gorzo
    Barna Zajzon
    Jan Fousek

October 2022
  • Mon 10

    Horizontal Connectivity Think-Tank Workshop

    Horizontal Connectivity Think-Tank Workshop

     Oct 10-11, 2022.

    Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (NeuroPSI), Saclay



    Organized by Fred Chavane (CNRS, Marseille), Diego Contreras (U Penn, Philadelphia), Alain Destexhe (CNRS, Paris-Saclay), Yves Fregnac (CNRS, Paris-Saclay), and the European Institute of Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN). 

    Attendance is free but registration is mandadory due to limited seats.

    This workshop will be in a "think-tank" mode, with each speaker  showing 3 slides maximum, and a large time devoted to discussions. We will examine the impact of horizontal connectivity in different brain areas such as visual cortex, somatosensory cortex and other brain regions.  What is the role of horizontal connections ?  How they mediate measurable phenomena like propagating waves ?  What is their impact on establishing the selectivity of neurons and on sensory processing in general ?  What is their role in neuronal computations ? 

    The discussion will be based on back-and-forth interactions between experiments and theoretical models, mostly centered on four thematic sessions, as outlined in the program below.


    DAY 1: Monday Oct. 10

    SESSION 1 - 10:am - 1:00pm (CHAIR: Yves Fregnac)
    -  Horizontal vs Laminar vs WhiteMatter interactions

    Speakers: Alain Destexhe, Diego Contreras, Frédéric Chavane, Timo van Kerkoerle, Cyril Monier


    1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch


    SESSION 2 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm (CHAIR: Diego Contreras)
    - Functional implications

    Speakers: Timo van Kerkoerle, Frédéric Chavane, Valerie Ego-Stengel, Laura Dugué, Jan Antolik, Anna Letizia Allegra Mascaro.


    DAY 2 - Tuesday Oct 11


    SESSION 3 - 9:30am - 12:30am (CHAIR: Frédéric Chavane)
    - Computational approaches

    Speakers: Laura Dugué, Laurent Perrinet (remote), Jan Antolik, Yves Fregnac, Alain Destexhe


    Lunch: 12:30am - 1:30pm


    SESSION 4 - 1:30am - 4:30 (CHAIR: Alain Destexhe)
    - Future experiments

    Speakers: Ben Scholl (remote), Anton Dogadov, Diego Contreras, Frédéric Chavane, Anna Letizia Allegra Mascaro


    4h30pm: EBRAINS IMPLEMENTATION, models with horizontal connections, propagating waves in the visual cortex.  by Arnau Manasanch (remote)