Introducing SCONe

In summer 2021, Paul Sauseng (LMU, Munich, Germany), Satu Palva (University of Glasgow, Scotland, University of Helsinki, Finland), Anne Keitel (University of Dundee, Scotland) and Christian Keitel (University of Stirling, Scotland) successfully applied for a Saltire Network Facilitation Award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to start the Scottish-EU Critical Oscillations Network.

The Network officially started on 1 Jan 2022 with 20 members from labs and workgroups in nine different European countries and has since grown steadily. We all share a strong interest in
rhythmic brain processes and how they influence perception, cognition, and behaviour.

Research into brain rhythms has already fundamentally extended our knowledge of normal brain function, and how disturbances of rhythmic activity relate to known brain dysfunctions. Further advances in our understanding, and more importantly, our ability to interact with brain rhythms to promote a healthier society will require the concerted international efforts of leading research groups.

SCONe will deliver the groundwork and allow researchers to go beyond their usual reach and seek out expertise in a pan-European network of experts on brain rhythms. We will establish an infrastructure for putting together high-impact collaborative research grants, creating knowledge exchange opportunities and multi-centre data management know-how.

So far, we have started work on our first position paper, and held online gatherings to discuss additional SCONe-related projects. We are now looking forward to meeting in-person at a satellite event at the ICON 2022 in Helsinki.

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