The Virtual Brain

For over 20 years, bright minds and ambitious projects have attempted to emulate the human brain across various scales of organization. Despite impressive efforts to bring in the latest and greatest computing power of massively parallel hardware, success hasn’t yielded practical applications yet.

To get practicality sooner, The Virtual Brain takes a network approach on the largest scale: By manipulating network parameters, in particular the brain’s connectivity, The Virtual Brain simulates its behavior as it is commonly observed in clinical scanners (e.g. EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Though The Virtual Brain incorporates the complex world of neuro-chemistry only to a small degree, it gains a lot by not becoming as complex as the brain itself.

Instead, The Virtual Brain embraces and extends novel concepts from computational, cognitive and clinical neuroscience in order to drastically reduce the model's complexity while still keeping it sufficiently realistic – and delivering the same output as clinical brain-scanners.

Past events

New developments

  • Register for our Online Course running from Dec 2020 to Feb 2021 - “Personalized Multi-scale Brain Simulation”

    November 20

    For registration to this course please contact petra.ritter at

    Course Content

    This course provides basic knowledge on personalized brain network modeling and will include both lectures and tutorials. The course will include 120 hours of work, including both contact hours and individual study. Required interdisciplinary methods will be introduced. A focus will be se

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    European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Projects EXPO

    November 16

    Visit The Virtual Brain Cloud Booth at the EOSC Projects EXPO from November 16 to 19. Members of our consortium will be available live throughout the event.

    Realizing the European Open Science Cloud Towards a FAIR research data landscape for the social sciences, humanities and beyond.

  • Lia Domide - Spotlight

    TVB Team Member Spotlight | LIA DOMIDE

    October 7

    Lia Domide TVB Technical Lead and Software Architect, Codemart Read more...

  • GDPR Impact Conference

    August 31

    Join us September 18th for a free online conference on the impact of GDPR on digitization of biomedical research and clinical applications, including those using AI. VirtualBrainCloud will act as a case study, providing insight into the challenges and practical solutions of working with patient data. The talks will focus on data use, including privacy, security, and AI use, as well as the pra

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    TVB EBRAINS at FENS 2020

    August 3

    In July 2020, Human Brain Project presented the new Research Infrastructure EBRAINS at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. You can find recordings of the sessions here.

    Check out our session on The Virtual Brain infrastructure on EBRAINS:

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    GSOC 2020

    July 1

    We got accepted in the Google Summer of Code program again!

    This time with 3 slots related to TVB.

    Big thanks to the INCF organization again!

    Danielle Marinazzo, Paula Popa and Lia Domide will be mentors in these interesting projects :