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First Brainhack Zurich
Open tools for reproducible neuroscience
March 2 & 3, 2017

We are happy to announce the first Brainhack in Zurich. It will be held on March 2 & 3 2017 as part of Brainhack Global.

Brainhack workshops offer an open platform for brain-imaging-scientists of all levels of experience to meet and discuss new ideas. In the beginning of March, over 40 sites across the globe will simultaneously hold Brainhack events.

The Zurich Brainhack will focus on introductory hands-on tutorials on tools for (neuroimaging) data analysis to promote reproducible science. Furthermore, the event aims to connect the Swiss neuroscience community by providing a space for open discussion.

If you like to learn more about the concept of Brainhack see the paper by Cameron Craddock and others.

Talk and tutorial material

For a detailed description of the talks and tutorial please take a look at the Abstract Book.

Links to slides and other material can be found here. This list will be updated throughout the event.


When Who What
March 2    
9:30 - 10:15   Meet-and-greet and introduction to Brainhack
10:15 - 12:00 Riccardo Murri Tutorial: An Introduction to Python for Scientific Programming
12:00 - 12:30 Riccardo Murri, Tyanko Aleksiev Talk: Science Cloud Introduction
13:30 - 14:30 Jessica Oschwald, Franz Liem Talk: Software virtualization:
Part 1: NeuroDebian
Part 2: BIDS Apps and BIDS Apps on the Science Cloud
15:00 - 17:00 Nicolas Langer, Andreas Pedroni Tutorial: Automagic EEG toolbox
March 3    
10:00-10:30 Ronald Sladky, Franz Liem Talk: Visualization
Part 1: sweetView: a simple, quick, and powerful viewer for MRI images and SPM results
Part 2: Plotting brain images with nilearn
10:30-11:00 Claudio Tessone Ignite talk: Another perspective to hierarchical networks: Social systems
11:00-12:00   Community hour/unconference session: talks and discussions featuring you
    Lunch at Tibits
13:00-15:00 Michael Notter Tutorial: Nipype Tutorial – How to analyze your MRI data in an easy and flexible way
15:30-17:30 Anjali Tarun, Younes Farouj, Thomas Bolton Tutorial: Dynamic functional connectivity for dummies
17:30   Feedback/closing session


The admission is free but registration until February 24 is required (here).

The event will be held at the University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging at UZH, Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich, 4th floor.

If you have questions please contact us at

We hope to see you soon,

Amelie Haugg, Franz Liem, Jessica Oschwald, Frank Scharnowski, Ronald Sladky, Vivian Steiger

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