The High School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow is our guest this year at the BISS, so that's why both institutions will be offering the following conferences in the context of some of our BISS courses. However, all of them are open for all BISS students. Please, find below the content and schedules for each conference:

Prof. Kiriya's guest lecture at the BISS course "Brexit, EU and Global World: Current Challenges in European Politics and Society"

Date: TBC

Topic: Fake news in digital age: the problem of populism and complexification of politics.

Professor Kiriya will contribute to the Brexit course with media framework of such complexification. In his opinion the raise of populism as well as radicalization of political camps is closely related with new mass-self communication and digital personal media which contribute to create micro-political identities. So, he would like to propose Barcelona’s students the media-centered vision of the current changes in politics.


Prof. Shilova's guest lecture at the BISS  course "Time: Human Views on the Progress of Existence"

Date:  July 23 16.00 Moscow time

Topic: How economists think people think regarding time

  1. economics is about decisions people make. These decisions are called choices. The word “choice” presupposes that it’s done consciously, on a reason and at the presence of several alternatives.
  2. But: (1) choices are not always done consciously - some of the reactions are automatic; (2) even if they are being done consciously, evaluation of alternative are shifted from rational ones by imprinted mechanisms of time perception
  3. How do people feel time passing? We all know very well the feeling of 40-min endless school lesson or 40-min flying by with incredible speed when we are at a party. What else do we know about time perceptions?
  4. choices that are made automatically are called heuristics (A heuristic technique, or a heuristic, is any approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method that is not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect, or rational, but is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an immediate, short-term goal or approximation).



Prof. A. Noferini will give a lecture at  the HSE Summer School course "Fake news, post-truth and digital media: Inquiry in relationship between media and politics"

Date: June 29 15.00 Moscow time

Topic: Populism(s) in the EU: How are populism(s) affecting the process of European Integration?

- defining populism(s) in Europe

- the rising of populist parties in EU Member state: drivers and explanation 

- Populist parties and their role in the European Parliament (and EU decision making)

- Brexit in the context of raising populism in the EU: similarities and specific elements of Brexit

- Is the future of Europe challenged by populism(s)?



Prof. Jordi i Garcia-Ojalvo will give a lecture at the HSE Summer School course "Behavioral Economics"

DateAugust 6 12.00 Moscow time

Topic: Brain rhythms and human decision making

Decision making in humans is governed by the electrophysiological activity of the brain. This activity is strongly time-dependent, dominated by oscillations in neural function (brain rhythms) at multiple frequencies. These oscillations are routinely detected with a variety of brain monitoring tools, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Rather than being perfectly periodic, brain rhythms are affected by substantial random variability, and recent experiments have shown that the interplay between oscillations and noise affect the ability of human brains to make decisions, leading to biases that can have perceptual and/or cognitive origins. In this lecture we will review the basic concepts of systems neuroscience that underlie human decisions, and use formal models of perceptual decision making that enable us to identify and distinguish the biological correlates of both perceptual and cognitive biases.