8th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School and Workshop



The 8th Science Factory has been postponed until 2021.

We will update the info on this page soon.



The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University School of Science will organize the 8th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School and Workshop, on May 15–20, 2020. The event will take place at Aalto University campus and on workshop premises in Hotelli Nuuksio. You will learn the basics and more in-depth aspects of TMS–EEG methodology. You will also have a great possibility for sharing your ideas and results with fellow researchers. The last day of the Science Factory will be part of the BrainSTIM 2020 conference, and you can attend also the second day of the conference free of charge.

The participation fee includes accommodation for 5 nights (Fri–Wed), meals during the course, bus transportation to Nuuksio and back, and the first day of the BrainSTIM conference. The participation fee is €850 with early-bird registration (deadline January 31, 2020, the sooner the better since the number of students is limited to 40!), or €880 otherwise (deadline February 27, 2020). The optional second day of the BrainSTIM conference is free of charge. Note that you need to arrange the accommodation for the Wednesday night (May 20-21) yourself. The students will be accommodated in double rooms. We recommend that the participants will be granted 3 ECTS credits for the work done during the course and during preparation for the course and presentations there.


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

How to apply?

  • Fill in the application form here.
  • Add a short motivation letter (max. one page, in PDF form), describing why you want to participate in the course.
  • You can also submit an abstract to the BrainSTIM conference through the same form. If your abstract is accepted for the BrainSTIM conference, you need to attend for the second day of the conference as well.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Sara Liljander (sara.liljander(at)

Outline of the workshop

Different kinds of formats of teaching will be used in addition to lectures. The students will work in small groups, each team with its own senior coach. The group members work together on tasks related to the lectures of the other teachers, while the coach works as a mentor. The students are expected to participate actively in the various sessions and events. TMS–EEG devices will be available for demonstrations and hands-on practice.

Each coach will conduct a teaching session on his/her own research area in an interactive manner. During each session, one team and its coach will act as designated opponents, while the remaining students are also expected to participate in the discussion.

The 8th Science Factory will include:

  • TMS–EEG hands-on session and data analysis workshop on Friday, May 15, 2020 (Aalto University Campus, Espoo and Meilahti Hospital, Helsinki)
  • Core part of the workshop Saturday 16 – Tuesday 19 May 2020 (Nuuksio, Espoo)
    • Introductory lectures on TMS basics and TMS–EEG methodology
    • Teaching sessions where leading researchers will present their work and understanding, discuss the topics, and coach the students
    • Demonstrations with TMS–EEG devices
    • Students’ poster presentations on their work and ideas, receiving feedback from top researchers of the field
    • Networking with the fellow researchers in the TMS–EEG field
    • Various possibilities to enjoy the beautiful nature around the venue, the lake, sauna, music, sports and other refreshing activities
  • One day in the BrainSTIM conference at Aalto University campus on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The second day of the BrainSTIM conference (Thursday, May 21, 2020) is optional but we recommend everyone to stay also for that part of the conference.


The students are expected to prepare in advance a microposter (the template will be provided later) about their background and interests for the microposter session on Saturday, May 16. The microposter is not a scientific poster, but rather a concise description of you as a scientist.

In addition, the students will present their research work in poster presentations during the course. If you submit an abstract to the BrainSTIM conference, you may use the same poster in the Science Factory and in the conference. The students are also expected to read some preparatory material prior to the course (to be provided later).


Confirmed teachers

Prof. Silvia Casarotto, University of Milan

Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi, Aalto University

Prof. Stephanie Jones, Brown University

Prof. Michel van Putten, University of Twente

Prof. Tommi Raij, Northwestern University

Prof. Mario Rosanova, University of Milan

Prof. Hartwig Siebner, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre

Prof. Nicole Wenderoth, ETH Zürich

Prof. Ulf Ziemann, University of Tübingen

Dr. Marta Bortoletto, IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli

Dr. Matteo Fecchio, University of Milan

Dr. Tuomas Mutanen, Aalto University

Dr. Jaakko Nieminen, Aalto University

Dr. Henry Railo, University of Turku

Dr. Matti Stenroos, Aalto University


Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi, Aalto University (main organizer)

Prof. Marcello Massimini, University of Milan (main organizer)

Sara Liljander, M.Sc., Aalto University (coordinator)

Aino Tervo, M.Sc., Aalto University (coordinator)


Aalto Brain Centre (ABC), Aalto University School of Science, Finland

Aalto TMS, Aalto Neuroimaging (ANI), Aalto University School of Science, Finland

BioMag Laboratory, HUS Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences “Luigi Sacco”, University of Milan, Italy

Cancellation policy

Cancellations should be communicated by email to sara.liljander(at) For cancellations made until April 15, 100% of the fee will be refunded. For cancellations made after April 15, 50% of the fee will be refunded.

The Science Factory organizer cannot be held liable by delegates for any damages, costs or losses (e.g. travel and accommodation costs or any other financial losses) incurred in the event that the Science Factory is cancelled or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the Science Factory organizer (force majeure) or due to events, which are not caused wilfully or by gross negligence of the Science Factory organizer. Force majeure means an event, which prevents organizing the Science Factory at the time specified or renders it unreasonably difficult. Such events include (but are not limited to) war, insurrection, natural disaster, epidemics, interruption in the general energy supply, fire, strike, embargo, material restriction imposed by the State or other equally significant and uncommon reason beyond the Science Factory organizer’s control.

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