Fernando Lopes da Silva


Exchange Program in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

The Neuroscience Program Fernando Lopes da Silva is a selective exchange Master thesis Program between Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and the University Medical Center of Utrecht for students of academic excellence.

The Program was initiated in honor of Professor Fernando Lopes da Silva, his outstanding accomplishments and his dedication to the academic community in the fields of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Students enrolled in the second year of the Master in Biomedical Engineering (IST) and Neuroscience and Cognition (University of Utrecht).
Exchange program between the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) Brain Center and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).
7-9 month exchange program.

Applications OPEN.
Two research topics are elected per year and the results are presentend at the Annual Meeting of Biomedical Engineering in Lisbon.
Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva
“Through science we may reach real friendship"

Fernando Lopes da Silva (1935–2019) was one of the most influential neuroscientists of our time. For half a century he enriched the neuroscience community with his research on the mechanisms generating electrophysiological brain activity. He was born in Lisbon and graduated in medicine from the University of Lisbon in 1959. In 1965 he moved to the Netherlands and received his PhD degree in 1970 from the University of Utrecht.

In 2005 was appointed Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico with the task of coordinating teaching and research in Biomedical Engineering. He was an active researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) and the Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Lab (LaSEEB) and at Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. In the last decades he often returned to Portugal to teach and was (proudly) involved in the supervision of many MSc and PhD students in both Portugal and the Netherlands.

Research Topics 2022
Identification and classification of awake-sleep states in implanted Brain-Computer Interfaces

EEG-based motor Imagery Brain-Computer Interfaces with embodied feedback for stroke rehabilitation
Partner Institutions
This program is a collaborative partnership between:

University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) Brain Center,
University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST),
University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Are you interested?

Program Coordinators

Prof. João Sanches – IST

Dr. Mariana Branco – UMC Utrecht


Prof. João Sanches – IST

Prof. Patrícia Figueiredo – IST

Prof. Nick Ramsey – UMC Utrecht

Dr. Mariana Branco – UMC Utrecht