Recurrence Quantification Analysis Workshop

Location: McGill University 

Date: May 1-3, 9am-5pm, 2019  

CREATE network mentors Dr. Paula Silva and Dr. Mike Riley from the Cognition, Action and Perception team (University of Cincinnati, US) will lead this 3-day workshop on Recurrence Quantification Analysis. Lunch will be provided.

Recurrence Quantification is a method of nonlinear data analysis for the investigation of dynamical systems that quantifies the number and duration of recurrences of a dynamical system in its phase space trajectory. RQA techniques can be applied within a system (auto-RQA) and across systems (cross-RQA; joint RQA). Trainees will learn specific applications and how to apply them to their own datasets. Computer workstations will be provided, and trainees can download the software to their laptops.

This introductory workshop counts as a technical workshop for CREATE-funded trainees in complex dynamics. Registration is first-come, first-served for all CREATE trainees; priority will be given to graduate and postdoc trainees. There are only 20 spots, so please register soon by replying to dynamics (dot) create at gmail (dot) com


Effective teams, product creation, and entrepreneurship

Topic:  Effective teams, product creation, and entrepreneurship
Friday February 15th, 9:30-11 AM
Led by Robert Mackalski, Director, Dobson Centre
Dobson Centre Showroom
3430 McTavish Avenue, McGill University

Description: This workshop will introduce entrepreneurship by tackling early stage product design. If you have an idea (for profit or not for profit), where do you start? How do you increase the likelihood of a success?

Required reading: a case study:  Embrace (A) from the McGill bookstore (can be picked up from Amena) for pre-reading, and Embrace (B), which will be a handout during the workshop.

Please register here.


Internship Partner Meet and Greet

November 28, 2018, 5pm-7pm 

McGill University                                                                                                                                                                            

Graduate trainees in the NSERC-Create Program in Complex Dynamics are invited to meet with our industry partners to discuss opportunities for funded internships. For more information on our internship program please visit:

Space is limited. Please complete the registration form here                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Basic and Brain Connectivity Workshop: Sept 24-25, 2018

CREATE is happy to partner with the MNI to fund trainees to attend the 2-way educational workshop on Brain Connectivity offered Sept 24-25 at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Montreal. Full details on the workshop are available at

Interested trainees should contact Amena Ahmad on or before Sept 11; confirmations will be sent on Sept 12 in order for trainees to meet the early bird registration deadline. 

Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics: August 13, 2018

Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics in Brain and Behaviour
August 13, 2018, 9:30am-5:30pm

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, McGill University 

A day of talks, Industry Internship panel, posters and wine/cheese reception

Guest speakers include: 

Dr. Jessica Grahn, Western University: Oscillatory entrainment increases with social context (abstract HERE)
Dr. Paul Francois, McGill University: Time, space, and criticality for embryonic development (abstract HERE)

Dr. Benoît Bardy, University of Montpellier: What your moves say about you: perception-action dynamics, synchronization, and mental health (abstract HERE)


Registration is free but required. Click HERE to register. 

Tentative Schedule: 

Morning session: Goodman Cancer Research Cntr, Room 501

Registration and welcome

Research presentations by 2017-18 NSERC-Create graduate awardees:

Rebecca Scheurich, Hector Orozco-Perez, Sarah Ferraro, Effie Pereira, Simon Dobri

Coffee break

Internship Panel

Lunch break

Afternoon session: Goodman Cancer Research Cntr, Room 501

Dr. Jessica Grahn, Western University; Dr. Paul Francois, McGill University; Dr. Benoit Bardy, Euromov, Univ of Montpellier

Poster session and wine & cheese reception: Bellini Building Atrium

The Virtual Brain Workshop (August 7-8, 2018)

The Virtual Brain Workshop

August 7-8, 2018
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 University St., Montreal, Quebec


Our internship partner The Virtual Brain (TVB) is holding a 2-day workshop in Montreal. TVB enables biologically realistic modeling of network dynamics using Connectome-based approaches across different brain scales.

Generate macroscopic neuroimaging signals including fMRI, intracranial and stereotactic EEG, surface EEG and MEG for single subjects. Personalized brain network models can be derived from an individual’s MRI data.

Researchers from different backgrounds can benefit from an integrative software platform including a supporting framework for data management (generation, organization, storage, integration and sharing) and a simulation core written in Python. Applications to use cases in the healthy and diseased brain are explicitly presented. 


First come, first served registration; priority will be given to graduate trainees who are eligible for CREATE internships. Applicants will be confirmed by the May 18 early-bird deadline (registration fee $140), and confirmed applicants will receive reimbursement from the NSERC training grant for their participation after the workshop.

To register, please email with your name, name of Create supervisor, and study level (graduate or postdoc).

For more information: 

Summer School in Nonlinear Dynamics, June 18-29

Summer School in Nonlinear Dynamics with Applications to Neuroscience and Psychology; June 18-29, 2018, McGill University

A two-week summer school in theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics in neuroscience and psychology is available to CREATE trainees. Registration is required and seats are limited; the program (below) includes tutorials by experts in nonlinear dynamics, computer lab applications, and trainee presentations. Travel funds are available for CREATE trainees; housing and food costs are included.

Summer school program











For more information see

Sponsors: CREATE; CAMBAM; Estes Fund (Psychonomic Society); Association for Psychological Science (US)