Some initial notes from lessons learned during FreeSurfer course in São Paulo, Brazil 11 & 12 March, 2009

This is a work in progress. I expect to remove the "Work in progress" until March, 23th

We had a wonderful FreeSurfer course in HCFMUSP in São Paulo, Brazil in March, 2009. In order to save you some time if you are thinking about organizing a Freesurfer course, I've put some of my personal notes in this page. I think this is a compilation of what we have learned from my mistakes and some of our successes.

I'm not sure that the people from the FreeSurfer development team can make more than few courses per year specially if they are outside the US. So try to book your course with enough time, check with your sponsor is fine with the idea and your institution has scientific skills to have at least 20-30 people who make research in neuroscience or intend to use this tool.


Measure Twice, Cut Once


Keep in mind that you should provide one computer per pair of atendees. It's strongly advisable to test all computers before the course.

Ideal configuration

Min configuration

Laptop notes Laptops can be handy if you have limited space, however it's advisible to provide a proper mouse and to check the video board of the Notebook. Intel Video boards sometimes can create trouble.

Virtual Machine All FreeSurfer GUI tools runs fine in VirtualBox. If people want to try it in their own computers probably it's a good idea to give them a DVD with a VDI image that runs inside Windows.

* If there is interest I can provide a VDI distribution.

Travel Arrangements


Course Room



Murphy's law


Power supply

Special needs



Putting people to work

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