NETSCI 2018 SATELLITE (11 June 2018, Paris, France)



Uncovering and understanding the relationship between elements in complex networks has helped propel Network Science in various fields, including neuroscience. The brain is inherently multiscale and multivariate in nature, and understanding each part of the hierarchy and their interconnectedness is vital to understanding brain structure, function and cognition. Genes and proteins interact on the subcellular level. Subsequent populations of cells connect - and integrate within different brain regions - to support and propagate coordinated excitations of neural signals. As dynamic patterns emerge within network circuitry, these signalling patterns integrate to ultimately self-organise the whole organ - itself a cohabitant within the body - which seeks to interact with its external environment and social systems. Studying the brain at these various levels has led to the emergence of Network Neuroscience: a Network Science affiliated field within the brain-based scientific frontier.

Network Science provides a new and natural mathematical framework for investigating functional and anatomical neuroimaging data, and represents a conceptual revolution that goes beyond standard approaches. Network based methods not only refine the outcomes of existing techniques, but also typify a paradigm shift for representing brain structure and dynamics. Equally importantly, the questions posed by neuroscience have the potential to inspire the development of new tools and areas within the broader field of Network Science itself.

The themes of this Satellite include, but are not limited to: (i) Interactome networks; (ii) Transcriptional and gene regulation networks; (iii) Structural brain networks (imaging); (iv) Functional brain networks (imaging); (v) Brain networks - theory, modeling and analysis; (vi) Signal processing and information flow; (vii) Circuit dynamics; (viii) Brain-behaviour interactions; (ix) Systems neuroscience. All themes apply to any species.

As many of you will know, this increasingly popular and vibrant satellite has been running for 3 years now, under the title of Brain Networks in 2015 and 2016 , and evolving to envelop the full scope of the emerging field of Network Neuroscience in 2017 .

To further enrich the event, this year we are also sponsoring a Network Neuroscience-related hackaton directly preceding the satellite. Check here for more details about the event!


Demian Battaglia


Edward Bullmore

University of

Linda Douw

VU University MC
The Netherlands

Henry Kennedy

Université De

Vito Latora

Queen Mary, University
of London

Amina Qutub

Rice University

Emma Towlson

Northeastern University

Mark Woolrich

University of

Contributions & Registration

Submissions and Registration

We have scheduled a number of poster and oral presentations . If you would like to present your work, please, follow this link to Easychair, select the type of contribution and submit your abstract by March 23rd . Abstracts should be in pdf format and no longer than 1 page (500 words). Please note that we have only a limited number of slots available for oral presentations, and encourage you to consider submitting your work as a poster. We will be holding a dedicated session for the posters, details to come soon.

We welcome submissions from all areas of Network Neuroscience, to include (but not limited to): (i) Interactome networks; (ii) Transcriptional and gene regulation networks; (iii) Structural brain networks (imaging); (iv) Functional brain networks (imaging); (v) Brain networks - theory, modeling and analysis; (vi) Signal processing and information flow; (vii) Circuit dynamics; (viii) Brain-behaviour interactions; (ix) Systems neuroscience.

Please note that as per the rules of NetSci 2018, you may not deliver the same oral presentation in this satellite as at the main conference. Posters, however, may be hung at the satellite and at the main conference if appropriate. Communication of accepted submissions will be by April 6th.


Participants need to register for the NetSci2018 main conference. Please consider that early registration to the conference ends on April 10th. We also require that you register for Network Neuroscience on our eventbrite page . There will be limited seating capacity, arrive early to avoid disappointment!


Registration: 08:30 - 09:00


Session I: Micro-, meso-, and macroscales

Chair: Petra Vértes

09:00 Introduction and Opening Remarks

09:10 Rodent primate differences in cortical networks (H. Kennedy)

09:35 Living Neural Networks: from Cells to Systems (A. Qutub)

10:00 Comparison of MRI tractography and anatomical tract-tracing of cortico-cortical connectivity in the ferret (C. Delettre)

10:15 Functional connectivity: can we find a common ground? (A. Alinska)

Coffee 10:30 - 11:00

Session II: Computational Approaches

Chair: Daniele Marinazzo

11:00 Opening Remarks

11:10 The structure and dynamics of networks with many layers (V. Latora)

11:35 Dynamic information routing in networks of oscillating neuronal populations (D. Battaglia)

12:00 Towards a mathematical theory of communication in the human connectome (J. Goñi)

12:15 The effect of Network Structure in Neural Computing (P. Vilimelis-Aceituno)

Lunch 12:30 - 14:00


Session III: Function and Dysfunction in the Human Brain

Chair: Robin Wilkins

14:00 Opening Remarks

14:10 TBA (E. Bullmore)

14:35 Zooming in, zooming out: linking microscopic brain properties to large-scale network topology(L. Douw)

15:00 Multimodal core-periphery structure as a possible biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease (J. Guillon)

15:15 Glioma occurs more often in non-hub brain regions (T. Numan)

Coffee 15:30 - 16:00

Session IV: Dynamics and Control

Chair: Tommaso Gili

16:00 Opening Remarks

16:10 Transient dynamic brain networks in MEG and fMRI (M. Woolrich)

16:35 Control principles in the Caenorhabditis elegans nervous system (E. Towlson)

17:00 Temporal metrics for exponential random graph models of dynamic brain networks (C. Obando)

Session V: Closing Session

Chairs: Qawi Telesford and Fabrizio De Vico Fallani

17:15 Lightning talks

17:50 Concluding remarks

Session VI: Posters

18:00 Contributed Posters

18:45 End

Organizing Committee

Fabrizio De Vico Fallani (chair) (Inria & Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France)
Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Javier. M. Buldú (URJC & Center for Biomedical Technology, Madrid, Spain)
Raffaella Burioni (Università di Parma, Italy)
Guido Caldarelli (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy)
Andrea Gabrielli (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC) - CNR, Rome, Italy)
Tommaso Gili (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy)
Joaquín Goñi (Purdue University, USA)
Daniele Marinazzo (UGhent, Belgium)
Johann. H. Martínez (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France)
David Papo (Université de Lille 3, France)
Olaf Sporns (Indiana University, USA)
Qawi K. Telesford (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Emma Towlson (Northeastern University, USA)
Martijn van den Heuvel (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Petra Vértes (University of Cambridge, UK)
Robin W. Wilkins (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA)


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The Network Neuroscience satellite will be located at L’école de Musique - Chateuform’ République, 8 bis rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011 Paris.