Neuroscience Day

Montenegrin Open Science Days 2014

Visit Open Science Days and meet young scientists and experts from the field of Neuroscience from five different countries.

Last year OMSA engaged successfully in the Open Science Days (OSD'13), the main Science promotion festival in Montenegro, by making an active use of our network and organizing the first Space Day. This year we continue the initiative and crate another event during the OSD'14 in an equally fascinating field of Neuroscience, the scientific study of the nervous systems.

Year 2014 is declared to be the European Year of Brain Studies, and we join in the celebration of the impressive results achieved in this area of scientific inquiry over the course of last decade. The work is expanding and is creating a global industry in terms of applications derived from the studies. Neuroscience is not only reshaping Medicine, but also the Pharmaceutical Industry, Business and Management studies, Marketing, Design, Architecture, Entertainment and Telecommunications. Unfortunately, the discipline remains unaddressed in Montenegro and thus, we see a great opportunity in engaging the OSD festival audience into a series of talks by a group of young emerging experts in the field. The series of talks includes presentations by the emerging experts in the fields of Neurophisiology, Neuroinformatics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional and Structural Representations of the Nervous System and in the domain of Human-Machine Inteface Design and Development. We wish to offer a broad understanding of Neuroscience as a dynamic and global scientific field of inquiry. Our speakers come from different countries and their talks will also include subjective reflections on the field's future development directions and the industrial applications. Finally, by organizing this event, we hope to inspire Montenegrin youth to pursue scientific research.

25. September 2014 at 18:30h in Atlas Capital Center in Podgorica 

The speakers

Nuno Loureiro

Country: Portugal

Theme: Brain-computer interface


Nuno Loureiro, Portugal

Nuno is currently a PhD Student at International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme at Champalimaud Foundation & École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He has worked at the European Space Agency (ESA) for almost 2 years, and in the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP). Before that he did his thesis in at EADS Astrium. He is also alumni of International Space University (ISU) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Learn to Fly: controlling a plane with your brain

The brain has a remarkable ability to learn complex rules by changing its neural activity. With the use of a Brain Machine Interface (BMI) system we study how brain signals change when a person is learning to perform a new task. In our protocol, we measure the subject's brain activity in real time and use it to update the behaviour of an external device. Our working hypothesis is that with training the subject is able to consolidate learning and control an external device. I will also present some application and show that it has a great potential to change the way we currently interact with the world.

Merina Su

Country: Great Britain

Theme: Neurophysiology


Merina Su, Great Britain

I did my BA in University College Utrecht in the Netherlands, where I specialized in linguistics and cognitive neuroscience with a minor in psychopathology. Then I moved to London to do a MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition at UCL. Currently, I am finishing up my PhD at the UCL Institute of Child Health on the brain basis of reading and dyslexia using multi-modal imaging methods and network analysis.

How to study the human mind? A guided tour from blobs to networks

How does the human mind work? This question was studied for centuries, going as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Fast forward to the 21st century and we are still struggling to find the answers. This talk discusses the wonderful workings of the human brain and why we have been asking the wrong questions to find out how it actually works.

Elena Sügis

Country: Estonia

Theme: Neuroinformatics


Elena Sügis, Estonia

Elena is currently doing her PhD in bioinformatics at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu and works as a researcher in bioinformatics department at Quretec Ltd., Estonia. Her research examines the integration of data mining, network modelling and systems biology approach to various range of biological questions. She is especially interested in human stem cell differentiation and ageing. Currently she is also enrolled in the AgedBrainSysBio, a european collaborative research project that aims to address the basis of brain ageing and associated neurodegenerative disorders. Elena strongly believes in science and the future of regenerative medicine.

What mom never told you about the brain

To the date large amount of studies address the basis of brain ageing by studying the mechanisms involved in this process, and by identifying the molecular interactions through which the ageing phenotype develops in normal and disease conditions. These studies have depicted strong association of various genes and proteins with the potential cause of the neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. However, underlying mechanisms of such diseases are poorly understood. In order to make progress in this field we need to understand development and regulation of neuronal cells. We concentrate our work on neural progenitor cells. These are multipotent cells that are capable of differentiating into the main phenotypes of the nervous system, giving rise to the diversity of neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Given their ability to differentiate into various types of neuronal lineages these cells are central for cell therapy and modelisation of neurodegenerative and age related mental diseases. In this talk I’ll show complex regulatory mechanisms involved in neuronal differentiation and neurodegenerative diseases associated with ageing.

Anne Urai

Country: The Netherlands

Theme: Neurovisualisation, Cognitive neuroscience 


Anne Urai, The Netherlands

Anne studied at University College London and École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and is now a PhD researcher at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She is interested in how our brains transform sensory information into useful decisions, and how such decision-making can be optimised. Her research tries to answer such questions using behavioural training, electrophysiological brain imaging and neuropharmacology.

Think before you choose: how your brain makes the best decisions

Our brains constantly process information from the outside world, and transform this information into useful decisions. Such decisions can be remarkably good, even when based on low-quality ‘noisy information’. For example, even when it’s foggy outside, you can still make out how fast an approaching car is driving and decide whether it’s safe to cross the street. How does your brain accomplish such decisions, and lets you make the best choice between alternative options? In this talk, I will give an overview of the psychology and neuroscience of decision-making, and discuss my own PhD research that investigates how we can improve our decisions through training.

Nikola Vuković

Country: Montenegro

Theme: Cognitive neurosience


Nikola Vuković, Montenegro

Nikola is a third year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His work is concerned with establishing the involvement and role of functionally differentiated brain areas in processing and representing language. Particularly, he is looking at how the automatic activation of sensory-motor representations during semantic access can shed light on the way bilinguals structure their lexicon. To this purpose he uses a range of behavioral measures such as reaction time (RT), eye tracking, and semantic judgement tasks, as well as functional measures of brain activity such as electroencephalography (EEG).

Language and the brain: What do we know and why does it matter?

The ability to learn and use language is perhaps the most distinctive hallmark of being human. Yet processing language is the ultimate workout for the brain, and an activity as complicated as it is fascinating. Using recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences we are now able to observe the mechanisms through which the brain is able to learn, understand, and remember in normal circumstances. At the same time, we have learned a lot through observing what happens when things go wrong or there is an impairment of linguistic function, such as in dyslexia, anomia, aphasia, and brain injury. Using findings from both my own work, and work for other labs, I will show what insights we can gain, as well as how this knowledge can inform our language teaching and learning practices.

Call for partners

Partnership proposal


Ministry of Science Montnegro



Project Coordinator (OMSA)

Project coordinator from TEDx


Sanja Šćepanović

Radica Stojanović 


OMSA BoT, and PoC for Baltic region and Finland

TEDx Podgorica



Program host


         Sara Backović

OSD Commercial 



Sanja Šćepanović

(MNE) +382 67 553 751

(FIN) +358 45 167 8338


Radica Stojanović

(MNE) +382 68 133 569


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