Sep 21 – 23, 2021
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After a series of successful BigBrain workshops we are pleased to announce the 5th BigBrain Workshop, taking place as an international symposium on:

September 22-23, 2021 in virtual format

With a pre-workshop day on September 21 providing practical hands-on sessions on our data and tools.

We are proud to announce Martijn van den Heuvel as our keynote speaker, talking about 'The brain network - from cell to macroscale circuits to function'.

The full program will be released here soon. Stay tuned.


While it was originally planned to take place as a physical event in Zadar, Croatia, we were unfortunately compelled to move to an entirely virtual event again this year. We hope to be able to make up for this next year. 

We are delighted that the cooperation between McGill University in Montréal and Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of our longest and most successful partnerships, has now been formally organized as Helmholtz International Lab. This enables us to increase our efforts to build the next generation of multimodal human brain atlases around the successful BigBrain model. With HIBALL we develop highly detailed 3D brain models using novel AI methods and supercomputing architectures. These models will be exposed through a sustainable, transcontinental research platform for computation and data sharing, with high interoperability with the systems of large brain initiatives. With the upcoming BigBrain Workshop we aim to reach out to the international community of BigBrain users and to invite researchers from our global network (and beyond) to present their work and to discuss future prospects of the BigBrain data and tools.

The event is free of charge but prior registration is required.  Please register by September 20, 2021 at the latest

Call for Contribution

The workshop will be organized as a symposium, with both invited speakers and contributed talks as well as a poster and demo session. We welcome short abstracts of current work and/or short proposals for future initiatives related to the BigBrain. The topics to be considered will include:

  • Methods and algorithms to analyze the BigBrain, especially (but not necessarily) concerning
    • repair and preprocessing
    • registration
    • segmentation and mapping of cortical layers, areas, and subcortical structures
    • visualization and annotation tools
    • deep learning and machine learning approaches
    • modelling and simulation
  • HPC aspects of managing, storing and processing big data (high resolution and/or very large volume)
  • Studies and teaching activities around the BigBrain

All talks will be recorded and published on

Due dates

  • Abstract submission for talks: August 27, 2021
  • Abstract submission for posters: September 6, 2021
  • Upload of camera-ready posters: September 13, 2021
  • Registration deadline: September 20, 2021

Please contact the program committee if you have any questions.  We will continuously update the information on this page and also share information via Twitter (@BigBrainProject) and e-mail.