Connecting European Neuroscience

Brain reading and writing: new perspectives of neurotechnology

2-8 June 2019 - Bertinoro, Italy

Recent advances in neuroscience and technology have made it possible to record from large assemblies of neurons and to decode their activity to extract information. At the same time, available methods to stimulate the brain and influence ongoing processing are also rapidly expanding. These developments pave the way for advanced neurotechnological applications applied to the human brain.

In this course, we will discuss the intracortical methods being developed for reading from, and writing to, the brain. A set of international lectures will provide an overview of the emerging therapeutic applications made possible with this technology. In addition to being exposed to new hardware, students will learn about, and apply new computational approaches to facilitate brain-device communication. We will discuss some of the interesting ethical ramifications of a neuro-technologically assisted future.

 © "Deciphering Spikes", Greg Dunn


  • Scientific chairs

Dr. Pieter Roelfsema,
Netherlands Institute
for Neuroscience,
The Netherlands
  Dr. Andrew B. Schwartz,
Department of Neurobiology,
School of Medicine,
University of Pittsburgh,

Faculty members

Matteo Carandini, Cortexlab, UCL, UK
Xinyan Tracy Cui, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Eduardo Fernandez, Institute of Bioengineering, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain
Tim Harris, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, USA
Karin Jongsma, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jason Kerr, Department of Behavior and Brain Organization, Research Center caesar, Bonn, Germany
Stephanie Lacour, Center for Neuroprosthetics, EPFL, Switzerland
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review, USA
José-Alain Sahel, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Eilon Vaadia, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Israel
Anna Wang Roe, Zhejiang University Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology (ZIINT), China
Byron Yu, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Registration and stipends

  • Fee: FENS Members: 495 EUR
             FENS Non-members: 575 EUR
  • Registration fee covers tuition, accommodation and meals.
  • FENS offers 4 stipends (covering the registration fee) available for candidates from disadvantaged countries. Any applicant in need of a grant should however first try to request it from the lab, institution or government if possible. You can apply for a stipend inside the application form. 
  • Please note that if you already benefited from a FENS grant in 2019, you are not eligible to receive a stipend.
  • Applications closed on 18 February 2019.

A feel of the Summer School


Bertinoro, Training Center of the University of Bologna, Italy









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