Course application Course application

Application is open to the entire student community and early career researchers, regardless of whether they are affiliated with the Human Brain Project or not. It is aimed to achieve equal representation of all sexes. 

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected by the Scientific Chair and the HBP Education Programme in a competitive selection process based on academic merit. Participants are required to submit an abstract on their current research, a CV and a motivation letter with their application.


Application is closed.


Participation fee: 250 €

The fee does not include travel and accommodation. Fees will be collected after participants have been selected.

Registration fee waivers were available for a maximum of three participants. Participants could apply for fee waivers prior to the first application deadline by sending an email to


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:

60 days before the event: 80% refund
59-30 days before the event: 50% refund
29-1 days before the event: no refund


No refunds will be granted for unattended events or early termination of attendance, in case of cancellation of speakers, or any other incidents during the event that are beyond the control of the organisers. 


If you expect that you might require a visa for your travel, we recommend applying as early as possible and/or contact the Education Programme Office (



Scientific programme Scientific programme

Download the call for applications for the HBP School "The Human Brain Atlas - Neuroscientific basis, tools and applications".


Confirmed speakers, lectures and hands-on courses


Monday 3 September 2018:
Neuroanatomy of functional systems, cytoarchitectonic mapping, receptor autoradiography and hands-on dissection courses

  • Welcome and introduction - Katrin Amunts (30 min)
    FZ Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Neuroanatomy and functional systems/Cytoarchitectonic mapping - Svenja Caspers (60 min/60 min)
    FZ Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Hands-on dissection and hands-on digital dissection - Svenja Caspers, Nicola Palomero-Gallagher, Christiane Jockwitz, Sabine Bradler (100 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Neurotransmitter systems in brain function - Nicola Palomero-Gallagher (60 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany


Tuesday 4 September 2018:
Ethics in neuroscience and EU funding opportunities for young researchers

  • Ethics in the neurosciences - Dieter Sturma and Bert Heinrichs (75 min/120 min)
    FZ Jülich, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Poster session (100 min)
  • EU research funding: Horizon 2020 political background, funding opportunities and how to set thematic priorities - Claudia Häfner (60 min/90 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany


Wednesday 5 September 2018:
Brain connectivity and introduction to the High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform

  • Fibre architecture of the human brain (3D polarized light imaging) - Markus Axer (60 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Lab visit – Brain slicing, light microscopy of brain slices and high throughput microscopy, polarized light imaging set-up - Markus Axer, Sabine Bradler/Sebastian Bludau, Sabrina Buller (120 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Variability of the cortical folding pattern and mapping of U-fiber bundles of white matter - Jean-Francois Mangin (60 min)
    Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, France
  • Diffusion-weighted MRI and aging (1000BRAINS) - Svenja Caspers (60 min)
    FZ Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Functional MRI and functional connectivity modelling - Simon Eickhoff (60 min)
    FZ Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Introduction to the High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform and visit of Jülich supercomputers - Anna Lührs (90 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany


Thursday 6 September 2018:
Ultra-high field human brain imaging

  • Resolving activity in cortical columns and cortical layers in the human brain with ultra-high field fMRI - Rainer Goebel (60 min)
    Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Multiscale imaging of the human brain with ultra-high field MRI and light sheet microscopy - Alard Roebroeck (60 min)
    Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Co-Design Project 4 – From cognitive neuroscience to robotic applications -  Mario Senden (60 min)
    Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • MRI scanner visit – 7 & 9.4 Tesla - Alard Roebroeck (90 min)
    Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Bridging the gap between mice and humans – Comparative research in the Human Brain Project - Wim Vanduffel (60 min)
    KU Leuven, Belgium


Friday, 7 September 2018:
Neuroinformatics and the HBP Human Brain Atlas

  • The Human Brain Atlas as a part of the Human Brain Project's Neuroinformatics Platform - Timo Dickscheid (60 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Hands-on: Browsing reference atlases online - Sebastian Bludau (90 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Tutorial: Bringing data to the HBP Atlas I – Metadata organisation and semantic data integration - Stefan Köhnen, Sara Zafarnia, Lyuba Zehl (60 min)
    FZ Jülich GmbH, Germany
  • Tutorial: Bringing data to the HBP Atlas II – Spatial anchoring of neuroscience data to atlases - Yann Leprince, Stefan Köhnen (60 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Big data analytics for cellular-level brain mapping - Timo Dickscheid (30 min)
    FZ Jülich, Germany
  • Tutorial: Using the Neuroinformatics Platform to analyse data – Feature extraction from images using interactive machine learning - Timo Dickscheid, Anna Kreshuk (60 min)
    FZ Jülich, University of Heidelberg, Germany