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. 

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.

Applicants selected for participation will be informed within three weeks after the submission of their application.

Application from 1 August - 10 September: 450 €
Application after 10 September: 500 €

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


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 (

Download the application guidelines for schools.



Scientific programme Scientific programme

Download the call for applications for the HBP School "The Brain Simulation Platform of the Human Brain Project".


Confirmed speakers, lectures and hands-on courses


Monday 17 September 2018

Welcome and introduction to the HBP School (30 min)
Michele Migliore, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

First steps into the Brain Simulation Platform (BSP) (60 min)
Luca Leonardo Bologna, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

The Collaboratory (60 min)
Annapaola Santarsiero, EPFL, Switzerland

Hands-on session: Electrophysiological features extraction (theory and practice) (180 min)
Luca Leonardo Bologna, Rosanna Migliore, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy



Tuesday 18 September 2018

Scientific drive: Single cell modelling (90 min)
Michele Migliore, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Single cell model optimisation: Algorithms and methods (60 min)
Carmen Alina Lupascu, Stefano Masoli, Italian National Research Council (CNR)/University of Pavia, Italy

Hands-on session: Build your own cell model (theory and practice) (120 min)
Carmen Alina Lupascu, Rosanna Migliore, Stefano Masoli, Italian National Research Council (CNR)/University of Pavia, Italy

ELSEVIER - Journal of Neuroscience Methods Workshop: How to get a paper published, read & cited (60 min)
Giuseppe Di Giovanni, ELSEVIER




 19 September 2018

Scientific drive: Circuit models - the Hippocampus and the Cerebellum (90 min)
Armando Romani, Egidio D'Angelo, EPFLSwitzerland/University of Pavia, Italy

Circuit modelling pipeline (60 min)
Jean-Denis Courcol, EPFLSwitzerland

Hands-on session; Circuit analysis (theory and practice) (120 min)
Armando Romani, Jean-Denis Courcol, Claudia Casellato, EPFLSwitzerland/University of Pavia, Italy

ELSEVIER - Journal of Neuroscience Methods Workshop: How to get a paper published, read & cited (60 min)
Giuseppe Di GiovanniELSEVIER



Thursday 20 September 2018

Technical drive: The architecture of the BSP (90 min)
Felix Schürmann, EPFLSwitzerland

Technical drive: Using NEURON+Python for parallel simulations (60 min)
Michael Hines, Yale School of Medicine, USA

Hands-on session: Implement and run NEURON on the Collaboratory (150 min)
Carmen Alina Lupascu, Michael Hines
Italian National Research Council (CNR), ItalyYale School of Medicine, USA

The science behind the Human Brain Project (60 min)
Felix Schürmann, EPFLSwitzerland



Friday 21 September 2018

Technical drive: Interacting with High Performance Computing (HPC) systems (90 min)
Carmen Alina Lupascu, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

How to write an HPC proposal: Success stories (60 min)
Michele Migliore, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Student presentations  (120 min)

General discussion and conclusions 
(60 min)