Brainstorm Workshop


The Workshop is FULL

and there is already a lot of people on the waiting list.

June 9-11, 2017

In Cambridge, England


François Tadel and Sylvain Baillet

(Montreal Neurological Institute / McGill University)
Brainstorm is a collaborative, open-source application dedicated to the analysis of brain recordings: MEG, EEG, fNIRS, ECoG, depth electrodes and animal electrophysiology. Our objective is to share a comprehensive set of user-friendly tools with the scientific community using MEG/EEG as an experimental technique. For physicians and researchers, the main advantage of Brainstorm is its rich and intuitive graphic interface, which does not require any programming knowledge. We are also putting the emphasis on practical aspects of data analysis (e.g., with scripting for batch analysis and intuitive design of analysis pipelines) to promote reproducibility and productivity in MEG/EEG research. Finally, although Brainstorm is developed with Matlab (and Java), it does not require users to own a Matlab license: an executable, platform-independent (Windows, MacOS, Linux) version is made available in the downloadable package. To get an overview of the interface, you can watch this introduction video.

Please note that places on this workshop are limited.
However, places on the workshopare still currently available.


General information:

Lecture theatre, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Friday June 9, 2017: 8:30-17:30
Saturday June 10, 2017: 9:00-17:30
Sunday June 11, 2017: 9:00-12:30
Francois Tadel, Sylvain Baillet (Montreal Neurological Institute / McGill University)
Tony Steffert (Open University, UK), David Mayor (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
With financial support for the event from an MRC Partnership Grant to the UK MEG Community

Users interested in analysing EEG/sEEG/MEG recordings using Brainstorm. Some experience with EEG/MEG is recommended. Teaching in English.

Number of participants: 40

£100 for two days, £120 for the whole course (includes lunches and refreshments on all 3 days)
Introduction | Source estimation| Time-frequency | Connectivity

The participants are required to bring a laptop (an external mouse will add to your comfort). In order to make the session as efficient as possible, we ask all the attendees to download, install and test the software and sample dataset on their laptops prior to the workshop.

Please read carefully the following instructions: How to prepare your laptop for the training



First day

8:30-9:00 Onsite assistance in installing the material for the training session
9:00-10:00 Lecture: Brainstorm overview (Tadel)
Software structure, typical data workflow
10:00-10:45 Practice
Database explorer
MRI volumes, surfaces and anatomical atlases
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Practice
Registration EEG/MRI
Review of continuous EEG recordings
Montages and management of event markers
Frequency filters
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Practice
Artifact detection
Artifact correction with ICA Averaging
14:30-15:00 Lecture: Source modelling (Baillet)
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:30 Practice
Head modelling, cortical source reconstruction
Regions of interest (ROIs)

Second day

9:00-9:30 Lecture: Time-frequency (Baillet)
9:30-10:15 Practice
Time-frequency decompositions
10:15-10:45 Lecture: Connectivity & resting-state (Baillet)
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Practice
Connectivity tools
Scripting (single subject)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-17:30 Analyse your own data
Participants work in small groups (2-4 people) to analyse their own recordings

Third day

A Brainstorm data clinic to study group data.
Organised by Tony Steffert and David Mayor and with mentoring by François Tadel and Sylvain Baillet.
9:00-10:30 Practice
Scripting (group datasets)
Comparing conditions (single subject)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Practice
Group analysis
  Lunch will be provided at the end of the course


Brainstorm Workshop Location:

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,
15 Chaucer Rd,
CB2 7EF,

The Unit is located 15 Chaucer Road, at the end of a quiet residential street off Trumpington Road (A1134), one of the main roads in and out of Cambridge. We are only 1 mile from Cambridge city centre, Cambridge train station and the University. Addenbrookes hospital is 2 miles away.

We will be in the Lecture theatre.

The workshop is being held in the lecture theatre at the Unit, but you will need to register your arrival at the Reception desk beforehand. If you are likely to be late, or if you need to contact the organisers urgently, please phone Tony Steffert on 07966 484 289 (rather than phoning the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit).

Getting there:


Walking to the Unit is easy as it is only about 1 mile from Cambridge city centre, train station and main central bus pick up/drop off locations. It will take about 20 minutes on average to the Unit and there are a variety of urban and scenic routes. Addenbrookes hospital is 2 miles from the Unit so if that is too far for you then we would recommend taking the bus, a taxi or cycling.

Below are some directions to help you get to the CBU along with a map created by the council of some walking routes around the city.

Directions from the train station

Directions from Cambridge city centre (main bus pick up/drop off locations nearby too)

Walking map


The Unit is well connected by cycle paths with easy access to the City centre, train station, University and Addenbrookes hospital. Cycling is the most popular way to get around Cambridge and is the best way to see the city.

Below you can find useful local information for cycling in Cambridge and finding your way safely to the CBU.

Directions from Cambridge city centre


National Rail Cambridge

Cambridge station is located only 1 mile away from the Unit and can be walked to in around 20 minutes. There is also cycle hire at the station and a taxi rank. Cambridge is well connected to London’s Kings Cross and Liverpool St stations taking about an hour. There are also good connections from the Midlands, North and East with some needing a change at Ely.

Here is a link to the national rail site where you can find train times and information. There also a rail map to national routes

Bus information:

The closest bus stops to the Unit are the Nuffield hospital stops (Stop ID: CMBDGATP) going in and out of Cambridge on Trumpington Road. The stops are on the Trumpington Park and Ride bus route that goes to and from Downing Street (next to Parkers Piece in the centre). For Addenbrookes hospital the Uni 4 bus stops on Brooklands avenue opposite the exit of Chaucer Road.

For other local buses we recommend going to the train station or central bus stops and walking if possible. These are the closest stops for the guided busway. If you are travelling nationally then you will either be dropped off at the central bus station or the Trumpington Park and Ride where you can use one of the services mentioned earlier.

The main drop off and pick up points centrally in Cambridge, including the main bus station, are located on the following roads: Parkside, Drummer Street, Emmanuel Street and Regent Street. There are also many stops for local buses at the Train Station.

Links for local and national bus route providers are below.


Drummer Street Bus Station
Cambridge, CB1 1NQ

It takes around 24 minutes to walk from the bus station to the Unit.

Driving and Parking:

The Unit has a limited capacity for parking and we do not offer site parking unless it has been pre-arranged with a member of staff. If you need to park then there is a free carpark next to Lammas Land park in Newnham (opens at 10am) or use the Trumpington Park and Ride site off the M11 (Junction 11). By car the Park and Ride is the easiest way to get to us and avoid traffic. Please look at the links below for other parking options.

Below are some links to find alternative parking, information about the Park and Ride service.

Parking links

Traffic can be surprisingly bad for such a small town!

On Friday, parking will not be available at the Unit, but there should be plenty on the Saturday and Sunday.

Car parks nearby:

Queen Anne Terrace Car Park
Gonville Place, (A503)
Cambridge CB1 1ND
(570 spaces, 21 Blue Badge (disabled parking) bays)

Near the swimming pool on Parker's Piece. This is a 20 minute walk to the Unit.

Monday to Sunday, 24 hours,
Over 6 hours £13.30.


There is an NCP Car Park at the Train Station.
(372 spaces, 7 Disabled bays)

NCP Parking

Monday to Sunday, 24 hours.

Pay on the day: £10.00

This is a 18 minute walk to the Unit.


Park & Ride

There are 5 Park & Ride locations for Cambridge. The most convenient is the Trumpington Park & Ride, just off the M11. The nearest bus stop to the Unit is the "Nuffield Hospital" stop on Trumpington Road, around 7 minutes walk from the Unit.

Parking currently £4 a day (£3 for the bus and £1 for the parking)




There are two taxi ranks, one at the train station and one on Regent Street. For car hire there is a Hertz and National car hire located near the train station and more on Newmarket Road.


From the Airport (Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick)

If you have travelled by plane to one of the London airports then getting to Cambridge and the CBU is quite quick and easy. Stansted is the nearest airport to the CBU being only around 30mins to Cambridge by car and train. If you are getting the train from any of the airports Cambridge station is only 1 mile from the Unit. Buses arriving in Cambridge from these airports will typically go to either the central bus station or the Park and Ride site in Trumpington. You can find information on how to get here from these drop off points in the other tabs. If you hire a car from Stansted or Gatwick then coming via the M11 using (Junction 11) is the quickest route. For Heathrow we recommend using the A1, A505 and A10.

Local information:

For some information about places to eat, drink, stay, along with local entertainment and events in Cambridge, please visit




You are advised to book your accommodation early, as Cambridge in the Summer is a busy tourist destination.
The following websites may be useful:
•For Hotels and Bed and Breakfast:
•For single rooms or small group apartments:
•For rooms in Cambridge colleges:

Please do not make any payment until you have received confirmation of a place and a booking reference number.

Please do not book any travel tickets or accommodation until we have confirmed your place on the workshop.

To Make a Payment, please fill in the online Booking form and make a Bank transfer to one of the three accounts:

English Sterling Euro account US Dollar account
Or to pay by Cheque please fill in the online Booking form and send your Cheque to: See below:

To pay by Credit Card, fill in the online Booking form for the course

Then just email Tony Steffert

and you will be sent a 'PayPal' Payment request. (You do NOT need a 'PayPal' account yourself.) This is a very quick and easy payment method.






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