Organized by:

Bharat Biswal
New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ


University of Vienna, lower level, B.I.G. lecture hall


The detailed program can be found here.


This two-day course aims to provide the background to state of the art resting state research. The format has been successfully developed as an educational workshop for researchers in conjunction with the Fifth Biennial Conference on Resting State / Brain Connectivity and for the second time we now offer this intensive pre-conference workshop for those aiming to maximize their individual outcome for the main conference.

Course participants will learn about the history and the most important critical limitations as well as current issues under debate, such as treatment of physiological and other nuisance signals. Next to practical training on how to perform functional connectivity or e.g. complex network analyses, we will focus on differentiating the pros and cons of individual analysis strategies and provide examples for their applications in clinical samples and in healthy populations. Given the special importance for current resting state investigations, we will deepen your understanding of networks and information obtained using multimodal neuroimaging approaches including MRS, EEG, DTI, fNIRS, and ECog.

The familial atmosphere, guaranteed by a restricted number of attendees of this educational workshop encourages participants to interact with leading experts to discuss general or specific problems they may have encountered in their own work.

Target Audience

The intended audience should be familiar with the basic concepts of functional MRI studies, including standard analysis strategies for task-based approaches. The course therefore is also suitable for PhD students and post-doctoral scientists in psychology, neuroscience or MR physics. A basic understanding of BOLD physiology, MR physics, and brain anatomy is expected. The course may also serve as preparation for in-depth discussions during the main conference.

Cost and Registration

Workshop fee is 450€ and includes lunch, coffee breaks and a social event on Monday evening.  You can register for the workshop at the conference registration page.