Summer school in 2013

INCF National Node of Finland

1st Baltic-Nordic Summer School on Neuroinformatics

(BNNI 2013)



Special theme:

Computations in the Brain and Translational Neuroscience



Vytautas Magnus University

Kaunas, Lithuania



May 29-31, 2013


Final Program






The Summer School is held under the European Commission initiative:

European Month of the Brain – May 2013.



Confirmed speakers of the summer school:


Michael Hasselmo, Boston University, USA

Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Bruce Graham, University of Stirling, UK

Arnd Roth, University College London, UK

Gediminas Lukšys, Basel University, Switzerland

Roma Šiugždaitė, Ghent University, Belgium



This year the Summer School is focused on theoretical, experimental and clinical studies of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory in the brain, both in health and disease. The course combines lectures and hands-on exercises for computational modelling and analysis of brain functions. Special focus of this Summer School is Translational Neuroscience. It emphasizes how findings of translational neuroscience while using neuroinformatics tools further could be explored for better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuro-related disorders.


The target audience is doctoral students and researchers from various fields of neuroscience interested on how brain computes information. 25 participants from more than 40 applicants were selected. The selected participants come from eight different countries (Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, USA, Brazil, and Argentina).





The course will be held in Kaunas, the second-largest city of Lithuania, located in the very heart of the country, on the confluence of two rivers Nemunas and Neris. Kaunas was first mentioned in written sources in 1361, has great Hanza Union traditions since 1445, and was the capital of Lithuania in 1920-1939. Nowadays Kaunas is a city of beautiful architecture, rich cultural, educational, scientific, and business life. The Summer school will be held at Vytautas Magnus University, established in 1922, one of the most modern universities in Lithuania, and situated in the very center of Kaunas, within walking distance to the downtown.





Marja-Leena Linne

    INCF National Node of Finland, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Ausra Saudargienė

    Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Arimantas Tamašauskas

    Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and Department of     

    Neurosurgery, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania

Rima Naginienė

    Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania

Osvaldas Rukšėnas

    Lithuanian Neuroscience Association, Lithuania


INCF National Node of Finland, established at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland in 2007, promotes neuroinformatics research and education in Finland and works in close co-operation with the International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility (INCF).


Vytautas Magnus University is known for its interdisciplinary studies and research in social, natural sciences and informatics.


The Neuroscience Institute and Department of Neurosurgery at LUHS (LUHS - Lithuanian University of Health Sciences) combine basic, clinical, and epidemiological research in various fields of neurosciences for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various brain disorders.


The Lithuanian Neuroscience Association unites researches working on different aspect of neurosciences from Vilnius and Kaunas universities.



Financial and other support:


Financial support is provided by Academy of Finland and Interlux Ltd. (Lithuania). The organizers are also grateful to the support and organizational help provided by Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Kaunas, Lithuania), as well as for Tampere University of Technology for organizational help.


Inquiries about the summer school can be sent to:



We are very much looking forward to welcome you at the

1st Baltic-Nordic Summer School on Neuroinformatics (BNNI 2013) on 29-31 May 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania!