Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. OHBM Communications Committee chair.
With the annual meeting coming up, it’s getting very busy around OHBM. If you’re wondering what some of our committees and special interest groups (SIGs) have been and are up to, read on!
Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIC)
By: Rosanna Olsen
The DIC is preparing a triptych of events for June:
By: Alex Fornito
The Education Committee received a total of 14 submissions for Educational Workshops at the 2022 Annual Meeting. From these submissions, 4 full-day and 8 half-day submissions were selected.
The final Educational Program covers a diverse range of topics that will be of general interest to the community. The speakers in each session are leaders in their respective fields and come from diverse demographic and geographic backgrounds.
Full-day workshops will cover fundamentals of network neuroscience, generative modelling of brain dynamics, brain parcellation, and the analysis of large neuroimaging datasets.
Half-day workshops will cover topics related to anatomy, function, and open science. Anatomy courses cover the use of quantitative MRI for non-invasive histology, using diffusion tractometry to understand white matter, and the impact of neuroanatomy on structural and functional neuroimaging. Courses related to function will cover time-varying connectivity, physiologic fMRI signals, and optical methods for human brain mapping. Finally, open science courses will cover how to write re-executable publications and how to cultivate open science in research and culture.
Due to budgetary and technical constraints, Educational Courses will not be live-streamed at the 2022 Meeting and will instead be run live for in-person attendees only. However, all sessions will be recorded and posted on OHBM OnDemand after the Meeting.
By: Zoltan Nagy
Greetings from the BrainArt SIG,
With the OHBM conference approaching, allow us serve you with a few a quick reminders!
As every year since 2010, we will hold a Brain Art Exhibition at the OHBM conference (both online and on-site in Glasgow). For this year’s theme, The Connected Brain, we invited an international group of artists to explore the idea of connectedness not only within but also among us - a significant aspect of our recent lives with COVID.
Soon we will be announcing the Brain Art Competition as well, over our twitter/instagram/website (see below) - where we hope to see many of your artworks.
Artworks from previous years’ events are compiled on our YouTube channel.
For those of you that would like to keep up with us more regularly, you can:
Student-Postdoc (SP) SIG
By: Elisa Guma and Anne Bilot
The Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group (SP SIG) provides a network for trainees by promoting opportunities for professional development across different training stages. In addition, we represent the needs of trainees to the wider OHBM community, including the council and other special interest groups.
We have worked hard to organize virtual and in person career development and mentoring events for the OHBM 2022 annual meeting.
Last but not least, we are excited to host a career development workshop in Mandarin that will also take place virtually on May 27th (Beijing time 20:00, CEST 14:00, EST 08:00). Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter to get all the information about these events!
Sustainability and Environment Action (SEA) SIG
By: Charlotte Rae
The Sustainability and Environment Action (SEA) SIG are looking forward to their second annual meeting, with activities both online and in person. Before we get to Glasgow, SEA-SIG will be working with the Executive Office to provide lots of information on how to make your 2022 OHBM experience as sustainable as possible, from train travel to hotels. At the meeting, we are excited to host our second symposium, co-organised by SEA-SIG Chair and Chair-Elect, Charlotte Rae and Winson Yang. We’ll show our recent analyses on the carbon footprint of past OHBMs, outline a vision for more sustainable meeting formats, discuss how we can minimise the footprint of big data analyses, and showcase how you can incorporate environmentally-related questions into your neuroimaging research.
There will be lots of other opportunities to talk about sustainability throughout the meeting, including a plant-based picnic in the park, for anyone who would like to chat about the climate crisis and ecological emergency. This is not just for SEA-SIG members—everyone is welcome, and there will be free vegan food! We are also organising an online social together with our sister SIGs, because SEA-SIG feels strongly that colleagues attending the annual meeting online should be able to access all aspects of the meeting experience. We also plan to facilitate ‘networking-on-the-train’ travel parties. Stay tuned for a longer blog post with SEA-SIG updates soon! You can also join our Mattermost group for SEA-SIG updates and to get involved with any of our activities, including helping us plan for Glasgow2022.
Communications Committee (ComCom)
By: Ilona Lipp
The pre-meeting period is always ComCom’s busiest time. As with every year, we're keeping you up to date with what will happen at the Annual Meeting, such as the planned events, virtual platforms, and also interviewing the keynote speakers. This year, we're also hosting a ComCom session in Glasgow in the form of a live Neurosalience podcast hosted by Peter Bandettini. Also watch out for our upcoming Community survey, which we will use to help shape future ComCom activities. We’re looking forward to your input!
We wish all our members a great experience at the annual meeting 2022.