Samara Neuroweek

Around the BCI Samara conference, which has been held every year since 2015, more and more events are taking place each time.  In 2020 it was decided to combine them in the format of the Samara International Week of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology (Samara Neuroweek 2020), which will be held from October 7 to 11 and will include, in addition to the main conference :

• the exhibition of medical, rehabilitation, recreational equipment using modern neurotechnologies
• (*) the satellite conference Neuroscience for Cognitive Health and Healthy Longevity, organized jointly with the HealthNet Infrastructure Center 

• (*) the international hackathon BR41N.IO, organized with gtec
• (*) the final of the youth competition of neurotechnology projects NeurotechCup
• (*) the Students Olympiad in Neurophysiology, organized by Samara State Medical University
• (*) the festival of contemporary scientific cinema
• open lectures from famous neuroscientists

• and more.

This year, most of the events of BCI Samara and Samara NeuroWeek will be organized in online format.

ATTENTION! Information about registration to the events:

To participate in the BCI Samara conference and Samara NeuroWeek, you need to register on our website. After clicking on the Register button, a window will open where you can choose the type of participation, enter your data and make a payment.

💡 Registered participants have the opportunity to:

        ✅ interactively participate in all BCI Samara and Samara NeuroWeek events using the Zoom application, ask questions to speakers, communicate in a chat;

        ✅download presentations provided by speakers;

        ✅communicate with speakers and colleagues in the online NeuroBar.

Unregistered participants can watch the broadcast of BCI Samara conference and Samara NeuroWeek events on our Youtube channel (in Russian) and Facebook page (in English). Viewers chats and comments on Youtube and Facebook will not be available during the broadcasts.

Unregistered participants will also be able to visit the virtual exhibition and poster sessions, watch presentations and videos there and speak with exhibitors and poster speakers via video chat.

The following are eligible for free registration at the BCI Samara conference:

  • healthcare practitioners, students and teachers of medical universities and colleges (when registering, you must provide a link to a supporting document – diploma, student card, etc.);
  • those invited by the organizing committee – speakers, directors of symposia and workshops, accredited journalists, participants in a virtual exhibition (registration will be made using the link sent by the organizing committee).

All other participants, including poster reporters and speakers at symposia (except those especially invited) must register in the general order.

Separate registration is required to participate in the Neuroscience for Cognitive Health and Healthy Longevity conference and BR41N.IO hackathon.

Public lectures will be available to conference participants in the Zoom application, as well as broadcast on Youtube and Facebook.

Information about participation in the Festival of Actual Scientific Cinema FANK and the student Olympiad in neurophysiology will be published later.












Since 2015 BCI: Science&Practice  (also known as BCI Samara), the only scientific conference in Russia specialized in the subject of brain-computer interfaces has been held annually by Samara State Medical University and IT Universe Ltd.

For 5 years BCI Samara has become a world-known effective communication and discussion platform for neuroscientists from all over the world to exchange information on the latest achievements  and prospects.

The conference is supported by the Department of Information Technologies and Communications of the Samara Region and the Neuronet Industry Union. The Organizing and Program Committees include leading scientists, representatives of government and innovation support agencies, high-tech companies.

The BCI Samara 2020 conference takes place on 7-9 October 2020  and is traditionally focused on brain-computer interfaces use in neuroscience, healthcare and rehabilitation.

The BCI Samara 2020 conference agenda  will include plenary talks by Alexander KaplanMikhail LebedevAlexei OssadtchiSergei Shishkin , Mark Schtark (Russia), Sliman BensmaiaPeter BrunnerLee Miller , Jonatahn Wolpaw (USA), Christoph Guger (Austria), Vadim Nikulin (Germany), Seong-Whan Lee (Korea ), Junichi Ushiba (Japan).  Poster sessions, symposia and many workshops, a hot panel discussion will be organized  as usual.

Every time more and more events take place around the conference, so in 2020 it was decided to combine them in the format of the Samara International Week of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology (Samara Neuroweek 2020). It will be held from October 7 to 11 and consists of events for participants of different ages, occupation and level of knowledge, united by a common interest in development of  neuroscience and neurotechnologies.

How the BCI Samara 2020 and Samara NeuroWeek will be organized?

💡 The plenary session, symposia and workshops, as well as panel discussion will take place in the Zoom application.
💡 The poster session – along with an exposition of neurotech companies – will be organized in a virtual application on this website.
💡 The bulk of the conference events will also be broadcast live in two languages ​​on our Youtube channel and on our Facebook page.
💡 But only registered users will be able to access Zoom to:
       ✅ ask questions to speakers
       ✅ chat during talks
       ✅ download slides
       ✅ participate in polls
       ✅ meet speakers and colleagues from different countries face-to-face in an online Neurobar🍺 

ATTENTION! The authors of abstracts  accepted for a poster session please uploadyour posters prepared using the provided template and in accordance with the requirements . The deadline was set to 10 September 2020.


Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss important and interesting information. Subscribe to the YouTube channel, where we publish recordings of talks, symposia, workshops and discussions. Watch this short video  about BCI Samara 2019 and the best photo moments from past events:


For media accreditation, exhibition booth reservation and any other requests please contact the Organizing Committee.

Upload your abstract and poster here


More than 1,000 people attended the events of the fifth BCI Samara conference on October 3-5, 2019. Unfortunately, due to the limited space capacity, we were forced to close the registration for scientific events ahead of schedule. For those who did not have time to register, an online broadcast of the conference was organized on our YouTube channel, which was watched by more than 2000 viewers. On the same channel, records of reports and symposia of the conference in Russian and in English are publicly available. On our Facebook page, you can see the best moments of the conference and the competition Neurotlon 2019.
In the conference agenda, special attention was paid to its special topic – “Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, neurophysiology and brain-computer interfaces”. The reports of the plenary session were made by the world’s leading experts in the field of BCI and AI:
Tonio Ball (University of Freiburg, Germany), Alexander Kaplan (Moscow State University, Russia), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA / HSE, Russia), Fabien Lotte (INRIA, France), Lee Miller (Northwestern University, USA), Vadim Nikulin (Max Planck Institute, Germany), Alexei Ossadtchi (HSE, Russia), Tomasz Rutkowski (RIKEN AIP / University of Tokyo, Japan), Surjo Soekadar (University of Tübingen / Charite – Medical University of Berlin, Germany), Thorsten Zander (Technical University of Berlin , Germany), Sergei Shishkin (NRU Kurchatov Institute, Russia).
The second and third days included a panel discussion, symposia, workshops, lectures and presentations. The program allocated time for three poster sessions and satellite events: the premiere screening of the documentary Brain Evolution with the participation of conference speakers, popular science lectures and competitions Neurothlon 2019.
For the first time, in parallel with the main event with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund, a specialized satellite conference Virtual Reality Technologies in Medical and Social Rehabilitation was held. The partner symposium of the NTI HealtsNet Infrastructure Center was also organized: “Artificial Intelligence in Health Care and the HealthNet Roadmap: What’s Next?” This cooperation will be expanded in 2020 – in the form of organizing the first Samara Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Week (Samara Neuroweek 2020).

The conference was included in the plan of the most significant events of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, its proceedings were published in eLIBRARY.RU and included in the Russian Science Citation Index.


2015 - 2018



The 2018 conference agenda  was further optimized to fit high international standards and enable more intensive communication. The two day scientific program (11 – 12 October)  included keynote and plenary lectures of leading scientists, panel talks and round tables, an extended poster session, innovative rehabilitation equipment demonstrations and excursions.

Watch this short video about BCI Samara 2018.

The conference proceedings were published in eLIBRARY.RU and cited in Russian Index of Scientific Citations.

The two special topics in 2018 were ARTIFICIAL VISION and MODERN MOTOR REHABILITATION. Other topics included the whole range of brain-computer and brain-machine interfacing, and related areas, such as virtual reality  and robotics in medicine, clinical trends in physiotherapy and many others.

BCI: Science and Practice. Samara 2018  plenary speakers were:

Xing Chen (Netherland Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam),  Doron Friedman (Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, Israel), Alexander Frolov (RAS Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Moscow), Alexander Kaplan (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA), Alexey Ossadtchi (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), Eugene Tunik (Northeastern University, Boston), Junichi Ushiba (Keio University, Yokohama).

The conference was organized by:

Members of organizing and program committees were leading scientists, representatives of government, public and non-commercial organizations, innovation companies.

The conference has been included into the event list of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation  and was supported by:

Satellite events on Saturday, 13th October  were organized by NeuroNet Industry Union  and Think, Samara! group and included Neurothlon competition and series of popular lectures from the world leading neuroscientists.

Moments of the conference

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More than 300 participants attended the conference in Samara State Medical University  12 and 13 October of 2017.

The agenda included leading Russian and foreign scientists and experts among reporters:

Sliman Bensmaia (University of Chicago, USA), Doron Friedman (Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, Israel), Alexander Frolov (Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of  Russian Academy of Science), Alexander Kaplan (Moscow State University, Russia), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA), Aleksei Ossadtchi (National research university HSE, Moscow, Russia), Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives and Melvin Slater (ICREA – University of Barcelona), Sergei Shishkin (NRC Kurchatov Institute, Russia), Surjo Soekadar (Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Germany) and others.

A number of poster reports were presented, discussion panels dedicated to  brain-machine interfaces practical application gained large interest form professional community.

The conference proceedings were published at eLIBRARY.RU  and cited in Russian Science Citation Index. The event attracted wide media attention.  The video record of plenary section available on BCI: Science and Practice video channel.

Traditional reception dinner with jazz piano accompaniment from conference participants Dmitry Makhlin and Sliman Bensmaia was even more joyful then last year.

The conference was organized by:

The organizing and program committees included leading scientists, representatives of state and non-commercial organizations, innovative companies.

The conference was included into the event list of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation  and supported by:

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Eventful conference took place at Samara State Medical University from 13 to 14 of October, 2016.

Conference included 20 reports and 2 discussion panels. The lecturers were famous scientists from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia and the USA.

The first day was crowned by the gala dinner remembered for improvised jazz jam between trio leaded by Nicolay Machkasov and Sliman Bensmaia, professor of the University of Chicago. It could be interesting to notice that at this particular moment US President Barack Obama was shaking a robotic hand  at the University of Pittsburgh. This hand was connected to a brain of a paralyzed person who could control it and had a tactile sense. Professor Bensmaia and his lab greatly contributed to this achievement.

The next day a sight-seeing tour around Samara was set up. After that the participants visited the Center for Advanced Studies and Technology Park of the Samara State Medical University.

The conference agenda  was of high intension. Fundamental neuroscience and brain-machine interface issues were discussed. Problems of biologic signals mathematical analysis, breakthrough achievements in medical and social rehabilitation of central neural system affliction, control of complex systems by “the power of thought” were also covered.

More than 300 participants represented:

  • Universities and Institutes, health facilities from different cities of Russia.
  • Rectorate, chairs and faculties of Samara State Medical University
  • NeuroNet Industrial Union
  • Skolkovo Foundation
  • Deaf-blind Support Fund So-Edinenie (Co-nnection)
  • Technology Opportunities Non-Commercial Organization
  • Defense industry medical product manufacturers association
  • Government of Samara region

Conference proceedings were published in “Science and innovations in medicine” magazine

The conference was organized by:

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The first international conference BCI: Science & Practice was held in Samara from 25 to 26 September of 2015. Despite narrow event focus the audience counted more than 120 individuals from different regions of Russia.

Talks on retrospective and prospective of brain-computer interfaces applications, actual problems of their development and use, social and medical aspects, mathematical and technological issues were included in the program. Audience – researchers, doctors, postgraduates, students, engineers, programmers  – reacted on the reports with live interest  and asked lots of questions.

 The scientific part included plenary meeting on the first day and sessions on the second day. 12 reports were made by experts from Austria, Russia and the USA. The informal discussion continued at the gala dinner.

On Saturday, September 26  guests visited the Center for Advanced Studies of Samara State Medical University, university clinics, city places of interest.

The conference was organized by:

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