Department of Physics 

1st Summer School of

Interdisciplinary Research on Brain Network Dynamics

June 24-28, 2019


The interest in neuronal networks is growing exponentially. Research turns out to be especially successful where borders between classical fields of sciences are crossed.
The BRANDY summer school is supposed to stimulate this multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together international students, young researchers, and experts with distinct scientific backgrounds, all sharing an interest in neuronal network dynamics.
To support an exchange between scientists with different backgrounds, tutorials will introduce the distinct scientific fields, models, and methods. Introductions will be complemented by reviews on the state-of-the-art in specific research topics and by reports on latest advances.

Addressed audience

Young international scientists (Master's students to Junior postdocs) from Neurosciences, Biology, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Physics, or related fields.

  • 5 days of Lectures, Poster sessions, Social events
  • reserved to 50 participants, working language will be English

BRANDY collaboration

  • Department of Physics, University of Trento
  • Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento
  • Department of Information Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of Trento
  • Centre for Integrative Biology, University of Trento
  • Neuroinformatics Laboratory, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento
  • Neural Computation Laboratory, Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto
  • Department of Energy, Information engineering and Mathematical models, University of Palermo
  • Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Complex Systems Theory Department, Institute of Nuclear Physics - Polish Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland

Organizing committee

  • Albrecht Haase, University of Trento
  • Jorge Jovicich, University of Trento
  • Ludovico Minati, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Polish Academy of Science & University of Trento
  • Lorenzo Pavesi, University of Trento



The summer school will be held at the Al Convento hotel in Terzolas, Val di Sole (TN).

Terzolas is a little village in a beautiful valley called Val di Sole, located at 755 meters on sea level, 60 km from Trento in the north of Italy. 

The hotel is an old monastery, it offers single, double, and triple rooms. Besides the meeting room it has a library and a large garden. Meals will be served in the old refectory.


How to get there:

Airports closest to Trento are Verona (1:30 h bus+train), Bologna (2:30 h bus+train), Venice (3:00 bus+train), Milano (3:30 bus+train).
In Trento you need to change train station walking north for 200m. From the Trento-Malè-Mezzanastation, you take a local train towards Malè/Mezzana getting off at Terzolas (1:30h, Attention, you have to push a button to request a stop, the station before is Caldes). For further information see the the train timetable.
The hotel is easy to reach, walking 800m from the train station (see map). A shuttle service from Terzolas can be arranged if required.


Fundamental Theory and Data Analysis Techniques

  • Information theory, Network theory, Predictive Coding
  • Neurophysics
  • Neural Computation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Reservoir computing
  • Time series analysis

Network properties and Fields of Application

  • Morphological and Functional Connectivity
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Neuromorphic hardware, Electronic/Photonic networks, Brain-Machine interfaces
  • Bio-inspired Computer vision

Experimental Methods and Technologies

  • Electro- and Magneto-Encephalography, Electrophysiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Optical neuroimaging
  • Optogenetics

confirmed so far (will be continuously updated)

Roger Dangel, IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland
Lucilla De Arcangelis, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Wlodzislaw Duch, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Luca Faes, University of Palermo, Italy
Ludovico Minati, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Thomas Nowotny, University of Sussex, UK
Concetto Spampinato, University of Catania, Italy
Greg Stephens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and OIST Graduate University, Netherlands, Japan
Natsue Yoshimura, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

  • a detailed schedule will follow
Social Events
  • Get together on Sunday evening
  • Excursion, Wednesday afternoon
  • Social dinner, Wednesday evening
  • School is limited to 50 participants
  • Application deadline 29. March 2019, 12:00 noon local time, online form via the link below
  • Registration fee (participation/lodging/full board) € 750
  • Participants are invited to present a poster, using the abstract submission within the application form
  • Limited financial support will be available for excellent students, preferably from countries with low research fundings. Application with a short CV to

Abstract template (DOCX | 19 KB )

Apply here