One year ago, the Scottish-EU Critical Oscillations Network was launched to connect researchers across Europe who are interested in brain rhythms. In 2022, SCONe saw amazing progress, hosting for the first time of an in-person meeting in Helsinki, Finland, as a satellite of the International Conference of Neuroscience! This meeting brought members together to discuss the next stages of our collaboration. We focused on shaping a position paper, a first joint publication that we progressed further through several online meetings over the course of the year. The paper is nearing completion and we aim for a publication in the second half of 2023.
2023 will bring some changes. Previously hosted at the University of Stirling, the network admin will be based at the University of Dundee, Scotland, from May 2023 on.
We will also be moving social media platforms in 2023. Our Twitter account will still exist, but our most active platform will be on Mastodon, where the SCONe account is currently hosted at: https://sciences.social/@SCONe
SCONe would like to thank you for your strong and continuous support, and we look forward to many more interesting events and accomplishments in 2023!
SCONe needed a logo – as aspiring networks do. So we asked our members to enter their ideas into a logo competition, and vote for their favourites. After a nerve-wracking tie between two of the contenders in the online voting, it came down to a deciding face-off during our March meeting.
The winning entry came from Malte Wöstmann, with the addition of a hand-drawn brain from Karin Bakardjian. Also thanks to the graphics department of the Max-Planck institute for Empirical Aesthetics and Johanna Rimmele for the close runner-up design.
The runner-up design
Congratulations to the winner and huge thanks to everyone who took part in the competition!
SCONe members rounded off an exciting ICON 2022 with the first in-person meeting of the newly founded network ever.
In a cosy meeting space at the University of Helsinki we discussed future endeavours of SCONe, and in particular, an upcoming publication. This massive effort, the details of which will be shared at a later date, will involve all members. To celebrate the occasion, we finished our meeting with some fine Finnish seafood.
Thanks to everyone who attended online and in-person! With this much engagement and enthusiasm, SCONe’s future is looking bright.
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.