NETSCI 2017 SATELLITE (20 June 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)



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, a popular and successful Brain Networks satellite ran in 2015 and 2016 at NetSci. This years' satellite is a natural evolution, promising to expand to envelope the full scope of the emerging field of Network Neuroscience.


Danielle Bassett

University of

John Beggs

Indiana University

Willem de Haan

VU University
The Netherlands

Neda Jahanshad

Keck School of
Medicine USC

Stephen Larson


D. Marinazzo

Ghent University

Jonas Richiardi

University of Geneva

Nicholas Cain

Allen Institute
for Brain Science

C.C. Hilgetag

Boston Univ. &
Hamburg Univ.
USA / Germany

Contributions & Registration

Submit a Contribution!

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 19th (EXTENDED). 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.

Communication of accepted submissions will be by March 26.


Participants need to register for the NetSci2017 main conference. Please consider that early registration to the conference ends on May 4. Also note that one-day registration is possible in case of just attending to the Satellite.

Network Neuroscience Focus Feature

The new journal Network Neuroscience will publish a Focus Feature based on the meeting with primary research, review and perspective articles drawn from the participants. More information on this Focus Feature will follow soon.

Registration: 08:00 - 08:30


Session I: From Neurons to Anatomy

08:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks

08:35 Invited Talk (John Beggs)

08:55 Emergence of slow-switching assemblies in structured neuronal networks (Michael Schaub)

09:10 From Connectome to Behavior: An Integrated Neuromechanical Model of Forward Locomotion in C. elegans (Eduardo Izquierdo)

09:25 Model of brain activation predicts the neural collective influence map of the brain (Flaviano Morone)

09:40 Invited Talk (Claus Hilgetag)

Coffee 10:00 - 10:30

Session II: Computational Approaches

10:30 Opening Remarks

10:35 Data/tool Showcase (Nicholas Cain)

11:35 Invited Talk (Daniele Marinazzo)

11:55 Invited Talk (Stephen Larson)

12:15 NeuroCave: A Web-based Immersive Analytics Platform for Visualizing the Connectome (Alex Leow)

Lunch 12:30 - 14:00


Session III: Function and Dysfunction in the Human Brain

14:00 Opening Remarks

14:05 Invited Talk (Willem de Haan)

14:25 Electrical propagation on Cortical Connectome and Communicability (Masanori Shimono)

14:40 Global homological conservation versus local reorganization of the psychedelic brain (Esther Ibáñez)

14:55 Joint exploration and mining of memory-relevant brain anatomic and connectomic patterns via a three-way association model (Jingwen Yan)

15:10 Invited Talk (Danielle Bassett)

Coffee 15:30 - 16:00

Session IV: Genetics

16:00 Opening Remarks

16:05 Invited Talk (Neda Jahanshad)

16:25 Invited Talk (Jonas Richiardi)

16:45 Topological co-expression networks capture spatial and gene-gene interactions (Alice Patania)

Session V: The Future of Network Neuroscience

17:00 Network Neuroscience Journal (Olaf Sporns)

17:05 Panel Discussion

Session VI: Posters

18:00 Contributed Posters

19:30 End

Organizing Committees

Emma Towlson (chair) (Northeastern University, USA)
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)
Fabrizio De Vico Fallani (Inria & Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France)
Andrea Gabrielli (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC) - CNR, Rome, Italy)
Tommaso Gili (Enrico Fermi Center at Santa Lucia Fundation Hospital, Italy)
Joaquín Goñi (Purdue University, USA)
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)
Martijn van den Heuvel (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Petra Vertes (University of Cambridge, UK)
Robin W. Wilkins (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA)


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