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 - Mezzana station, 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.

Artificial IntelligenceIn-vitro Networks
Bio-inspired Computer VisionInformation Theory
Bio-inspired Computer VisionInformational Dynamics
Biomedical Signal ProcessingMultisensory Integration
Brain ConnectivityNatural Language Processing
Brain Network DynamicsNeural Circuits Synchronization
Brain-Computer InterfacesNetwork Physiology
Chaos-based Optical CommunicationsNeurocognitive Informatics
Computational NeuroscienceNeuroethics
ConsciousnessNeuromorphic Engineering
Cortical Information ProcessingNeuromorphic Photonics
Deep LearningNeuronal Networks with Synaptic Plasticity
Financial ComplexityNeuroprosthetics
Functional NeuroimagingNonlinear Dynamics
Granger CausalitySmall World and Scale-free Networks
Graph TheorySocial Dynamics
Human Brain DisordersTime Series Analysis
Confirmed Lecturers

Angelo Bifone, University of Turin and Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Roger Dangel
, IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland
Mukesh Dhamala, Georgia State University, USA
Lucilla De Arcangelis, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
Athena Demertzi, University of Liège, Belgium
Wlodzislaw Duch, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Luca Faes, University of Palermo, Italy
Alessandro Gozzi, Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto, Italy
Sergio Martinoia, University of Genova, Italy
Ludovico Minati, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Claudio R. Mirasso, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Thomas Nowotny, University of Sussex, UK
David C. O'Carroll, Lund University, Sweden
Stefano Panzeri, Italian Istitute of Technology, Rovereto, Italy
Lorenzo Pavesi, University of Trento, Italy
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
  • Sunday 23rd, 20:00 Welcome dinner
  • Wednesday 26th, afternoon: Excursion, evening: Social dinner
  • Friday 28th, 13:00 Farewell lunch
  • School is limited to 50 participants
  • Application deadline 29. March 2019, 12:00 noon local time, online form via the link below
  • Registration fee (including 5 days of lectures, accomodation Sunday to Friday, all meals from Sunday dinner to Friday lunch, Social event) € 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, to be requested via email to together with a short CV.

Abstract template (DOCX | 19 KB )

Apply here