Message from the Director
Greetings, INCF community members! Most of you know me already, but this is the first you hear from me in a director’s message - I’ve assumed the role as Acting Executive Director while Linda Lanyon is on parental leave.
The Secretariat has worked hard during the spring, focusing on developing the network and organization within the framework of the strategic plan. The development of TrainingSpace, the INCF hub linking neuroinformatics educational materials, is proceeding according to plans. We have a first set of Special Interest Groups, which are open to new members. The second round of INCF Seed Funding is currently under review, and a third round specifically aimed at projects developing training materials is open now - apply latest April 30. We have also formed strategic partnerships with several international organizations to coordinate neuroinformatics training activities and other initiatives, in order to fully utilize available resources. Don't forget that we also have publication services. We manage NPRC, and we have a community channel on F1000 - make sure to utilize them!
The Secretariat is, as always, here to support the INCF Network - don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the organization or our activities. We hope to see many of you this spring and summer - at the Nodes Workshop in Oslo in May, at OHBM and Nordic Neuroscience in June, CNS in July, and of course at Neuroinformatics 2017 in Kuala Lumpur in August. Abstract submission for Neuroinformatics 2017 is open, make sure to submit your work! If you want to catch INCF Secretariat staff at an event this year, take a look at the complete list of where to find us.
We wish you all a neuroinformagical spring and summer!
Hacking the brain at Open Data Day.
Blogpost about Brainhack Global by:
Anders Frick, analyst with focus on Open Data and Internet of Things
"A hackathon with focus on the human brain - that’s Sweden’s contribution for Open Data Day 2017. The hackathon was held at the Karolinska Institutet.
International Open Data Day is a grass-root initiative with different events on open data all around the world. This day is coordinated via e-mailing lists and has been arranged since 2010. This year, about 300 different events are being held and over 100 of them are on the map, created by Open Knowledge International.
One of the events is Brainhack Global, an international hackathon within the field of Neuroscience. At the Karolinska Institutet, brain experts with a data-interest and data experts with a brain-interest gather for two days full of presentations, cooperation and exchange of knowledge at a distance.
- We think that Brainhack is a good opportunity for the local Neuro-community in Stockholm to meet, see more of what other people are working on and initiate new collaborations. Those who develop software tools for research are often unsung heroes who work alone with limited resources, but they are vital to the advancement of research, says Malin Sandström, Community Engagement Officer at INCF."
Read the full blogpost about Brainhack Global
INCF Nodes Workshop, May 29-30 in Oslo, Norway
This year's Nodes Workshop has two themes: Tools for teaching & training in neuroinformatics and Integration of neuroscience data through digital brain atlasing. Speakers include: Gaute Einevoll, Arvind Kumar, G. Allan Johnson, Trygve Leergard, James Gee, Anna Kreshuk, Timo Dicksheid and Jan Bjaalie.
Register by May 15 to get free coffee and lunch.
On March 21, 2017, the Brain/MINDS Data Portal was opened to the public for serving the Brain/MINDS database. The project’s core institute is RIKEN, where the Neuroinformatics Japan Center (NJIC) is located. NIJC contributes to the technical development of the database construction and its management. The first release of the data portal provides representative content of the research themes being conducted in Brain/MINDS. The data portal will be developed further as more data is collected.
Submission for our new round of seed funding is open!
The INCF Training and Education Committee will award funding to facilitate the development of training materials that align with INCF’s mission and strategic objectives. Funding will drive forward the development of training materials, such as tutorials, demos, use of open data, and video recording of courses, and support the inclusion of neuroinformatics-related instruction in existing courses.
In this funding cycle, funds will be awarded in two main categories:
More about our seed funding scheme and how to apply
- Development of neuroinformatics curricula
- Course grants
Don't miss these INCF Node courses
Camp @ Bangalore Summer School 2017,
July 19 - August 3
16-day summer school on the theory and simulation of learning, memory and plasticity in the brain with the INCF India Node in Bangalore.
Apply by April 15
Berkeley summer course in mining and modelling neuroscience data, July 10-21
This course is for students and researchers with backgrounds in mathematics and computational sciences who are interested in applying their skills toward problems in neuroscience.The course is arranged by one of the INCF US Nodes; CRCNS.
Apply by April 30th
8th G-Node Short Course on Neural Data Analysis, July 31-August 4 in Munich
The G-Node Course on Neural Data Analysis offers hands-on experience in state-of-the-art methods for analyzing complex neural data to PhD students and postdocs. The course is arranged by the INCF German Node.
Apply by May 15
IBRO-APRC School on Neuroinformatics and Brain Network Analysis, August 2-16
The Malaysia Node is arranging a summer course, in Kuala Lumpur just before the Neuroinformatics 2017, sponsored by IBRO and co-sponsored by INCF
Neurostars is an online question & answer resource for the neuroinformatics community. Similar to StackOverflow, this site uses contributor 'reputation', commentor up-voting, and other UI enhancements to present a next-generation internet formus experience. Built using Discourse, it is managed by the INCF Secretariat and open to the entire neuroinformatics community.
STINT Initiation Grants
Deadline May 9th
Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships. Supports short stays abroad (outside EU) to start new collaborative research projects.
National Health and Medical Research Council Australia - Program Grants
Deadline May 17th
The aim of the Program Grants scheme is to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. 5-year funding programs for teams to perform multi-disciplinary, collaborative research in any field relevant for improving health.
CIFRA Azrieli Global Scholars Program (Canada)
Deadline May 23rd
Supports young investigators (5 years from PhD defence) with $100000 CDN for their research plus mentorship. Grant also includes a two-year appointment to a CIFAR research program and specialized leadership and communication skills training.
Fulbright Center Distinguished Chairs Finland
Deadline August 1st
The Fulbright Center awards grants to enable Finnish institutions of higher education to invite American scholars to hold temporary lecturing or lecturing/research positions. Neuroinformatics relevant for University of Eastern Finland, the University of Tampere and the Nokia Foundation.
Fulbright Traditional Scholars Program Norway
Deadline August 1st
The U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation offers eight to twelve awards for lecturing, lecturing/research, or research for US scholars who hold a Ph.D. coming to Norway. All topics are eligible.
Courses and Conferences
The Virtual Brain Node 5 Workshop
Simulated brains. Real memories. 2 day training workshop
Application deadline: April 20
New Directions in Motor Control Workshop
Registration deadline: May 4
Room reservations: April 25
INCF Nodes Workshop 2017
Registration deadline: May 15
The 3rd workshop on cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception
Abstract submission deadline: May 1st
Registration is free but required
International Conferenc on Mathematical Neuroscience 2017
May 30 - June 2
Eighth International Workshop
Statistical Analysis of Neuronal Data (SAND8)
May 31-June 2nd
Registration deadline: May 19
Hotel registration deadline: May 8
2017 NEURON Summer Course
Application deadline: May 15
2nd Nordic Neuroscience
Early registration deadline: April 28
Trieste Encounters on Cognitive Science:
Timing and temporal cognitation
Registration deadline: April 30
7th Neuron Technology Summer School
June 26-July 7
Application deadline: May 11
First international workshop on Symbolic-Neural learning
Early bird registration: June 9
Scientific computing with Python
Early bird registration: May 22
Berkeley summer course in mining and modeling of neuroscience data
Application deadline: April 30
26th annual computational neuroscience meeting
Early bird registration: May 8
ESI- Systems Neuroscience Conference 2017
Principles of structural and functional brain connectivity
Registration deadline: July 7
International conference on cognitive neuroscience
Early bird registration: May 15
Methods in Neuroscience at Dartmouth
Computational Summer School
Application deadline: April 15
The 18th international Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks
Paper submission deadline: April 20
Early bird registration: May 27
The 1st International Neural Dynamics Summer School 2017
Experience experimental & computational neuroscience research
August 30-September 1
Application deadline: May 15
ISN Workshop 2017
The second Integrated Systems Neuroscience Workshop
Abstract submission deadline: June 30
Registration deadline: August 11
European brain and behaviour society meeting
Abstract submission deadline: April 20
Early bird registration: July 31
The 19th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
Paper submission deadline: May 12