Brainhack events are collaborative workshops where participants determine the content and where time is provided during which different teams of participants intensively work on various projects. These events bring together brain enthusiasts with varying backgrounds and skills to build relationships, learn from one another and collaborate on projects related to neuroscience. There is no ideal background, skill set, or experience level required for Brainhack attendees. For more information, read the paper of Craddock et al. (2016, BioMed Central). Experts participating in this Brainhack include Russell Poldrack, Danilo Bzdok, Camille Maumet, Roberto Toro, Daniel Margulies, Ben Jeurissen and Dante Mantini.  For more information or general remarks, please mail to For registration, click here.


Participants are encouraged to create their own project, a set of ideas. At the beginning of the event, researchers pitch their projects, trying to recruit a team of co-workers. Participants can submit projects here. A slack channel has also been created in order to encourage interactions between brainhackers. Subscription to the slack channel can be done here.

Ignite talks

Similar to keynote lectures, ignite talks are given by luminaries in the field and handle the general subject of open brain science. At the brainhack in Ghent, our experts will give talks on reproducible neuroscience, machine learning, diffusion MRI etc.


Tutorials can be given in parallel, specifically for the participants with less experience in data analysis of (basic) software. They start with help considering the installation of the software ​and can cover a wide range of topics: GitHub, Python, meta-analysis, power calculations etc.


The main goal of the brainhack is each team tackling all problems their project of choice contains. The aim is to provide various solutions to many problems while building new collaborations.


Participants are encouraged to present their research or other topics they are interested in. They can add their name and topic on a sign-up sheet at the event. Unconferences take place in parallel to the hacking. Several experts from different domains will host sessions: Danilo Bzdok (RWTH Aachen University), Camille Maumet (University of Warwick), Roberto Toro (Institut Pasteur), Daniel Margulies (Max Planck Institute Leipzig), Ben Jeurissen (Antwerp Visionlab) and Dante Martini (KULeuven).


Project wrap-ups are a brief recap of what people have accomplished. It is important to note this is a progress report, not a pitch for a final product (which the vast majority of people will not achieve).

Figure from Craddock et al., 2016