4th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School


The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University School of Science will organize a learning event titled 4thScience Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School, on 6–11 June, 2016. With the 4th Science Factory we continue to enhance the interaction and discussion within the international TMS–EEG community. During the intensive week, the participants will share their ideas and results and the beginners will learn about the essential methodology from more experienced researchers. We will also organize a voluntary hands-on session on basics of TMS–EEG measurements on Sun 5th June for beginners.

This year the main venue is Solvalla, Espoo, Finland. It is located only 35 km from Helsinki, in a beautiful place by a lake, just next to the Nuuksio National Park.

The participation fee of the course includes accommodation for 4 nights (Mon–Fri) and meals (Mon lunch – Fri lunch) in Solvalla, where the core of the workshop is held, one night of accommodation in a hotel next to Aalto University campus (Fri-Sat), and a bus transportation to Solvalla and back. The participation fee is 850 euros with early-bird registration (deadline 31st March, the sooner the better), or 880 euros otherwise (deadline 15th April). Students will be accommodated in double rooms.


The course is targeted to students working with TMS, the emphasis being in TMS–EEG. The participants are chosen based on their applications and level of studies; primarily, master’s or doctoral students, and post-doctoral researchers are chosen.

Please send your applications including a short motivation letter (max. one page, in PDF form), describing why you want to participate in the course, to Niko Mäkelä (niko.makelaat.gifaalto.fi) by 31st March (or latest, 15th April), 2016 (download registration form).

Outline of the workshop

New formats of teaching will be used in addition to lectures. The students are divided into small groups, each group with its own senior coach. During the course, the group members work together on tasks related to the lectures of the other teachers, while the coach works as a mentor. Students are expected to participate actively in the various sessions and events. There will be a TMS–EEG device available for demonstrations and hands-on practice during the week. In addition, we will have sessions to brainstorm on topics selected by the participants.

Each coach will conduct a teaching session of 35 min on his/her own research and perception of the field in an interactive manner: during each lecture, 3–5 students and 1 senior scientist will act as designated opponents, while the remaining students are also expected to participate in the discussion.

The event will consist of:

  • Preparatory lectures of TMS basics and TMS–EEG methodology (Mon 6th June).
  • A 5-day intensive workshop (Mon–Fri, 6–10 June) where leading researchers of the field will present their work and understanding, discuss the topics, and coach the students.
  •  Students’ oral and poster presentations where the students can present their work and ideas, receiving feedback from top researchers of the field.
  •  Hands-on training (During the week! And a preparatory session for beginners Sun 5th June).
  •  A data analysis workshop (Sat 11th June).
  • For volunteered beginners: a preparatory hands-on session on basics of TMS–EEG measurements (Sun 5th June).
  • Last but not least, some brains-off-duty time, including various possibilities to enjoy the beautiful nature around us, the lake, sauna, live music, sports and other refreshing activities.

Before the course

Students will be expected to prepare in advance a mini poster (download mini poster) about their background and interests for the "handshake" session on Mon 6th June. The mini poster is not a scientific poster, but rather a concise description of you as a scientist.

In addition, students will present their research work either in an oral or a poster presentation during the course. Note that also old scientific posters are allowed in the poster presentation. Students are also expected to read some preparatory material prior to the course (see programme for the material).

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