Conferences and symposiums StratNeuro Retreat 2024 - Exclusive day for PhD students

03-06-2024 8:30 am - 9:00 pm Add to iCal
Other Djurönäset, Seregårdsvägen 1, 139 73 Djurhamn

The StratNeuro Retreat 2024 will organise an exclusive day for a limited number of PhD students on 3 June 2024, at Djurönäset in the Stockholm Archipelago.

Registration and abstract submission

Neuroscience PhD student retreat in collaboration with INCF (3–5 June 2024)

Admission to the PhD retreat will be reserved for up to 50 PhD students from the StratNeuro Network (KI, KTH, Umeå University). A very limited number of additional places will be open to PhD students from our NeurotechEU partner institutions.

To be eligible to participate in the PhD student retreat, it is mandatory to

  • Be formally registered for doctoral education.
  • Submit an abstract for poster presentation.
  • Also attend the retreat program on 4 and 5 June 2024 and present your work at the poster session.

Eligible students will then be selected by the program committee based on the scientific quality of the abstract submitted and how well their research is aligned with the workshop theme selected.

Choose workshops

The theme of the PhD student retreat will be Introduction to Brain Data Science.

Up to three parallel workshops will be offered, and you must select which is best suited to your research interests.
A general introduction to the concepts of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) neuroscience and resources & services available through INCF and EBRAINS that facilitate FAIR data management, sharing, and integration will be provided to all participants regardless of the specific tutorial that they select to attend.

Tutorial options:

  1. Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) tutorial. BIDS is a standard prescribing a formal way to name and organize MRI data and metadata in a file system that simplifies communication and collaboration between users and enables easier data validation and software development through using consistent paths and naming for data files. This tutorial is intended for those working in neuroimaging who would like to:
    • Share data publicly. Using BIDS speeds up the curation process; and databases such as EBRAINS,, LORIS, and XNAT will accept and export datasets organized according to BIDS
    • Facilitate reuse of your data within the lab or with collaborators by simply referring them to the BIDS documentation for an explanation of the organization of your files and their format
    • Validate your data. Validation tools are available that enable you to check the integrity of your dataset and easily spot missing values
    • Analyze your data using data analysis software packages that understand data according to BIDS
  2. EBRAINS Digital Brain Atlasing tutorial. EBRAINS offers detailed atlases for the human, macaque monkey, rat, and mouse brain. These atlases provide comprehensive maps of brain regions defined based on structure, function and neural connections. As spatial reference systems for neuroscience, they are essential for understanding the complexity of the healthy brain, studying brain disorders and seeking to develop new treatments. This tutorial is recommended for those interested in learning how digital brain atlases can be used for data integration and analysis.
  3. Neurodata without Borders (NWB) for neurophysiology data tutorial. NWB is a data standard for neurophysiology, providing neuroscientists with a common standard to share, archive, use, and build analysis tools for neurophysiology data. NWB is designed to store a variety of neurophysiology data, including data from intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology experiments, data from optical physiology experiments, and tracking and stimulus data. NWB exists in an ecosystem, which includes data management, analysis, visualization, and archive tools. Thus, the NWB data language enables reproduction, interchange, and reuse of diverse neurophysiology data. This tutorial is intended for those working in neurophysiology who would like to share, archive, user and build common analysis tools for:
    • Extracellular electrophysiology data
    • Intracellular electrophysiology data
    • Optical physiology data (e.g. calcium and voltage imaging)
    • Behavior tracking data
    • Sensory stimuli and neuromodulatory stimuli data

Programme and registration details will be announced at the beginning of 2024.

Organising committee

  • Matthew Abrams, Director Science and Training, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF)
  • Konstantinos Meletis, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience
  • Vasco Sousa, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience

If you are curious about our PhD retreat event, please check out what we did in our 2022 retreat


Questions about the retreat or the registration system?


Questions or issues with the abstract submission/registration system?


Programme outline


Vasco Sousa Senior Research Infrastructure Specialist