Frequently asked questions

Brain Innovation days event (12-13 October 2021) – General information

The Brain Innovation Days are the perfect opportunity to meet and network with the wider brain community. Though the community at large has improved in collaboration, it is oft still fragmented and siloed; the Brain Innovation Days want to help change this and reshape the brain ecosystem to one that supports its members, pushes for knowledge exchange for the greater good, stimulates investment and convinces key stakeholders that the future is in brain innovation.

Don’t miss the opportunity to match with researchers, innovators, investors, patients and patient representatives, policymakers, clinicians and more!

The Brain Innovation Days launch  took place online on 13 October 2020. This two-hour interactive session  fell under the overarching theme, “Disrupt and rewire: how brain innovation is changing Europe”. Find more information about the digital launch here

Three virtual events have taken place between October 2020 and April 2021. The first virtual event was held on 13 October 2020, the second on 26 January 2021 and the third on 27 April 2021. The following one will take place in September 2021. The digital journey will culminate in a physical event in Brussels  on 12-13 October 2021.

The next Brain Innovation Days will take place on 12-13 October 2021 in Brussels, Belgium, at the venue AREA 42.

A pre-event virtual session will take place in September 2021—stay tuned for further details.

The venue, Area 42,  is conveniently located 600 meters from the Brussels North Station and various public transport stops.

If you are traveling from the airport, the Brussels North Station is the first stop when entering Brussels city. 

Trams 25, 92, 93 stop 180 meters (Lefrancq) from the venue.

Taxis and Ubers are also easily available to reach the venue.


Yes, the Brain Innovation Days organisers have an agreement with NHOW Brussels BLOOM Hotel.

The hotel is located at Rue Royale 250, 1210 Bruxelles – a 7 minute (600m) walk from the event venue, Area 42.

The rates are as follows:

Price per room/night:
11.10.2021          -> 135,00 € Standard Single Room incl Breakfast
12.10.2021          -> 140,00 € Standard Single Room incl Breakfast
13.10.2021          -> 140,00 € Standard Single Room incl Breakfast
Surcharge to book a double use room :  Standard Double Room incl. Breakfast : + 19,90€ 
(City tax is excluded from the room rate.)

To take advantage of these rates, please contact the hotel directly at or +32 22734179

and provide allotment reference: MB0002634015

Yes, the Brain Innovation Days organisers are working to ensure that all attendees are kept safe and that all COVID-19 safety procedures mandated by the Belgian government are strictly in place. 

In order to allow everyone to enjoy the event in a secure manner, a COVID Safe Ticket (or your country’s equivalent) will be required by all participants to enter the venue, with a vaccination certificate (you’ve been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks), a recovery certificate for at least 6 months, a PCR-negative test (this result is valid for the day of testing + 48 hours) or an antigen test performed by medically schooled personnel and received a negative result (this result is valid for the day of testing + 24 hours).

Please see our Brain Innovation Days COVID-19 Safety Protocol for more details. Additionally, please see our COVID Safe Privacy Statement.

We welcome all start-ups to take part in our Start-up Corner, a designated area for start-ups to network with participants and showcase their work.

Paying attendees representing start-ups are welcome to bring their company roll-up and set it up in the Corner (with no additional fee).


Registration is now open for the 12-13 October event and available through the Brain Innovation Days homepage or directly here

Please note that it is not possible to register via e-mail or telephone. Subscribe to the newsletter and follow us on our social media channels on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay updated about the registration opening dates for future events.

The registration fees for the 12-13 October 2021 physical event in Brussels are as follows:

  • 175 EUR for a one-day pass (either 12th or 13th October)
  • 250 EUR for both days

The registration for digital sessions is free. 

Yes. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact the Brain Innovation Days team at

We do offer waived registration fees to patients/patient representatives interested in attending the 12-13 October event. Others may be offered on an individual case-by-case basis. We encourage you to get in touch with us directly at

Registration for the digital events will always close the evening before the event. However, please note that the registration for the physical event, to be held in Brussels on 12-13 October 2021, will close one week before the event.

Yes, a confirmation email will be sent automatically.

Yes, please contact us at if you need a proof of your attendance.

Please keep an eye for an official email with connection details that will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event. If you haven’t received anything and you checked also your spam folder, please contact us at

Due to COVID Safe regulations, we are unable to allow the sharing of two-day passes by different people. In this regard, we kindly ask you to register with a one-day pass if you are only able to attend either on 12 October or 13 October and invite your colleague to do the same. 

Programme & SESSIONS

The programme(s) for the upcoming Brain Innovation Days is available here.

We are excited to host a packed, two-day agenda built by received applications reviewed by an independent Selection Committee made up of experts in various brain-related fields. Thank you to all who applied!

The European Brain Summit is a joint event organised by the European Brain Council and EBRAINS in conjunction to the Brain Innovation Days as well as the Human Brain Project Summit. This is a separate event, however, it will take place as part of the afternoon programme of the Brain Innovation Days but does not fall under the registration of the Brain Innovation Days. All interested attendees will have to register separately (free of charge).

For more information on the European Brain Summit and to register, please visit the official event page.

Programme Submissions were open from July-August but are now closed and the final programme has been announced.

There is still a chance to be part of the Exhibition Village – more information & exhibitor registration is available here.

Space is still available in the Exhibition Village – please register your interest here and we will get in touch with you.

Yes, the fee to be part of the Exhibition is 350 EUR. This includes:

  • 1 two-day ticket for the Brain Innovation Days
  • A table top in the allocated area with one table and chair
  • Logo exposure on website and programme booklet, mailings and additional exhibition showcase coverage

As a researcher you have the opportunity to present your work in the poster corner which will be situated in the ‘startup corner’. Make sure to highlight the innovative part of your brain research on the poster.

You don’t need to submit a poster abstract beforehand but if you’d like the abstract to be published on the website, please send it to You can just bring your poster with you to the conference and let us know at the registration desk that you want to present your work. You will be provided more info about the details there.

Note that it will be an informal poster session with the aim of facilitating networking with the various stakeholders attending.

If you are attending and will present a poster, you can benefit from a discounted rate – please contact the team to find out where to register to avail of this (

Pitching Competition

A pitching competition is a competition where contestants have a limited time to present their business idea in front of an audience and a jury. The audience and jury will have a chance to evaluate the pitches, provide feedback and eventually select a winner for “Best Pitch”.

This competition is open to everyone – student, entrepreneur, startup – as long as the project is feasible and in the brain innovation area. This is a unique opportunity to gain new financial & strategic opportunities and to provide outstanding visibility to your project.

Each participant is invited to send a video of maximum 2 minutes. In this video, you present your company’s Business Model as well as the project/innovation you have developed. Check here for details and announcements.

A jury consisting of representatives form European Brain Council (EBC), and external brain experts will select the most innovative project. Due to the variety of stakeholders attending the event (policymakers, investors/funders, clinicians, researchers, industry representatives, patients and more), the winner of the pitch competition will be exposed to an exciting, wide range of opportunities.

The results will be announced and award ceremony will take place in January 2021 digital event. Stay tuned for thefinal event date.


Click here to view the various sponsorship packages. Contact us at to declare your interest in sponsoring the Days and find out more. 

Please contact the Brain Innovation Days team via the email address: 

All Sponsors and Knowledge Partners are listed on the homepage of the Brain Innovation Days website.

We are excited to welcome the following sponsors and partners on board:

Platinum Sponsors
Cannabinoid Education 360

Silver Sponsors
The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute

Knowledge Partners
Broadreach Global
BlueHealth Innovation Centre

EBC Member Organisations
European Federation of Neurological Associations
European Academy of Neurology
European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology 
European Psychiatric Association
European Paediatric Neurology Society
Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
Pan European Regional Committee (PERC) of the International Brain Research Organization

The upcoming Brain Innovation Days event on 12-13 October 2021 has a heavy focus on networking activities, with the two day programme containing plenty of networking opportunities including receptions, extended breaks, panel discussions with investors and industry representatives and more. The programme has been designed with maximum engagement in mind.

Yes. If you require an invoice to be issued to the sponsoring company, please send an email to the Brain Innovation Days, specifying the services requested and full address of the sponsoring company.