Message from the Director
Welcome everyone to the end of year edition of the INCF newsletter! 2016 has been a productive year that saw the beginning of INCF’s third, more community-directed phase - including a new member-driven Council for Training, Science and Infrastructure, and our first ever round of seed funding for collaborative projects. We have unveiled a completely new website (as well as new websites for the NPRC and Neuroinformatics Congress), launched a pilot version of our CollaborationSpace on the AAAS-developed Trellis platform, presented a beta version of KnowledgeSpace community encyclopedia to the scientific community and began development of the TrainingSpace, a hub linking neuroinformatics educational materials. Many exciting developments are lined up for 2017!
This third phase of INCF began at a time where the field of neuroinformatics has emerged as a major and necessary enabler in modern data-intensive neuroscience. This is an exciting time of opportunity for the field and for our organisation. The recent INCF booth at SfN attracted more than 300 visitors and an INCF-linked social welcomed over 1000 people. The INCF Secretariat handles over 12 thousand incoming emails per month. We look forward to continuing to work with the community to develop and expand our activities further during 2017.
During spring 2017, I will take parental leave to produce the newest member of the INCF team. While I will retain overall responsibility and strategic direction, two of our experienced Secretariat team members will handle day-to-day operations during this time: Helena Ledmyr will be Acting Executive Director managing the Secretariat, development of the INCF network and communications, Node and Congress events, and Mathew Abrams will be Acting Deputy Director with focus on science, training and infrastructure matters. Helena and Mathew will be pleased to help you during this time.
We wish you a happy and peaceful festive season and much success in the coming new year.
We thank you all for an intense and fruitful 2016!
Season's greetings from the INCF Secretariat
INCF's 10th SfN exhibit in San Diego
INCF participated as an exhibitor at the the SfN meeting in San Diego in November, for the tenth year in a row. As usual, community demos were held in our booth during the three first exhibit days. We also co-hosted a very popular INCF US Node social with a reproducibility theme, together with NIF, SciCrunch, and GigaScience.
Booth visitors were asked to write down something they felt the field needs. We were encouraged to see that many want better reproducibility, more open data, and increased collaboration!
A summary of all our SfN booth activities can be found here: storify.com/INCForg/incf-at-sfn-2016
KnowledgeSpace pilot community release
The 2016 SfN also marked the pilot release of KnowledgeSpace, a community encyclopedia developed by INCF, NIF, BBP and HBP.
Call for Special Interest Group meetings at NI2017
INCF is calling for community proposals for Special Interest Group meetings to be held in Kuala Lumpur on August 22, the day after the 2017 Neuroinformatics Congress.
Please submit your proposals for themes and topics to Mathew Abrams, email@example.com no later than February 15. Note that the submitter is assumed to also be the meeting leader, unless otherwise stated.
Save the date:
Community meeting in Oslo May 29-30
The INCF Secretariat and the INCF Node of Norway are pleased to invite you to the 2017 INCF Spring Nodes Workshop, which will be held in Oslo at the UiO campus on May 29-30.
The meeting is open to the community. All registered attendees are welcome to present a poster or demo. Registration will open in early January.
See the meeting website
for more information.
Node event: BrainModes 2016
On December 1-2, the tenth edition of BrainModes took place in Brussels, in the beautiful and prestigious venue of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The BrainModes meetings explore innovative means of understanding complex brain activity and multimodal neuroscience data sets, with the objective to foster informal discussion of brain modelling and multivariate data analysis (EEG, MEG, fMRI, etc). The central motif is that of "modes" – that is, understanding how complex brain activity is organized around low dimensional manifolds.
Computational and modelling approaches to study the brain were discussed together with applications and new perspectives. The format promoted discussions with and among high-profile invited speakers, but gave also the opportunity to everyone to present their work during the poster reception and walking dinner.
The main conference was preceded by a workshop in Ghent, in which methodological aspects were discussed, and some tools were presented, such as Neuropower, meant to calculate the optimal sample size in experiments, PRoNTo, for pattern recognition in fMRI and The Virtual Brain, a neuroinformatics platform for large-scale personalized brain modelling.
The event was co-funded by INCF.
Contributed by Daniele Marinazzo, INCF Belgian Node
Courses and Conferences
1st HBP Student Conference
Transdisciplinary research linking neuroscience, brain medicine and computer science.
February 8-10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 23
Computation Neurology 2017
Bridging computer science, neuroscience, imaging, modelling and neurology.
February 20-21, 2017
Registration deadline: February 5
5th Neuro Inspired Computational Elements Workshop (NICE 2017)
March 6-8, 2017
San Jose, USA
Abstract submission deadline: December 16
The Cognitive Neurosciense Society annual meeting
San Fransisco, USA
Early bird registration: January 5
Registration deadline: March 3
The 32nd ACM SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing
April 3-7, 2017
Early bird registration: February 3
Spring Brain Conference 2017
Learning, memory and synaptic plasticity
April 23-26, 2017
Early bird registration: January 23
Registration deadline: February 14
April 26-28, 2017
Early bird registration: February 17
European neuroscience conference for doctoral students
May 4-6, 2017
Registration deadline: February 15
The international joint conference on Neural Networks
May 14-19, 2017
Early bird registration deadline: March 20
2nd Nordic Neuroscience
June 7-9. 2017
Abstract submission: April 1st
Early bird registration: February 15
June 11-14, 2017
Paper submission deadline: February 19
Early registration deadline: April 28
FENS Summer School 2017
Chemical neuromodulation: neurobiological, neurocomputational, behavioural and clinical aspects
June 18-24, 2017
Registration deadline: February 13
Workshop on Brain Dynamics on Multiple Scales - Paradigms, their Relations, and Integrated Approaches
June 19-23, 2017
Application deadline: February 28, 2017
14th International symposium on Neural Networks
Paper submission deadline: January 1
Registration opening soon
First international workshop on Symbolic-Neural learning
July 7-8, 2017
Paper submission deadline: March 15
Early bird registration: June 9
26th annual computational neuroscience meeting
July 15-20, 2017
Registration opens January 11
Abstract submission opens January 12
18th EPIA conference on Artificial Intelligence
Paper submission deadline: April 1