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Thursday 19 – Saturday 21, June, 2024


Hybrid: Shanghai/Online


Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-inspired Intelligence (ISTBI), Fudan University


The Brain Connectivity Workshop (BCW) began officially in 2002 in Dusseldorf, organized by Rolf Kotter and Karl Friston. The aim was to establish a dialogue between researchers in computational neuroscience, neuroscience methodology and experimental neuroscience about the emerging field of brain connectivity. Since then, 21 meetings have followed, all focused on particular themes in brain connectivity from the best methods to measure connectivity, to comparing modelling approaches that reflect brain dynamics, to connectivity changes in healthy and damaged brains.

BCW has always had a unique format, inspired by what most consider the "primordial" BCW in Toronto, 2001 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11707079). That meeting, themed "What does the brain think of the mind", emphasized extensive discussion rather than long presentations. Speakers were give a pen and easel and asked to convey their idea in 15 mins, with 45 mins of open discussion to follow. This format was adopted for BCW, featuring only short presentations (15 minutes, 3 slides), followed by 45 minutes of intense discussion.

This year’s main topics will be Brain Connectome, Brain Model, and Brain Disorders. We look forward to having you join us for this exciting, inspiring and inclusive event.

Here is a list of speakers and topics from the Brain Connectivity Workshops over the years.

  A History of Brain Connectivity Workshops.pdf