NatMEG MEG driver's license

Learn the basics of doing a MEG experiment at the NatMEG facility.

To do MEG measurements on your own at the NatMEG facility, you need to take our driver's license training.  We arrange courses regularly, but also on request, if there are enough attendees interested.

The course is aimed at researchers at all stages who are interested in or plan to run a MEG study. It is mandatory for all who will use the NatMEG facility, including PIs, Ph.D. students, and assistants helping during data collection – as long as they will have to work in the lab. Researchers who are either attached to an ongoing project or starting a new project at NatMEG will be given priority when signing up.

The goal of the driver's license course

The driver's license course has three main components. The first is to get theoretical knowledge of MEG, and a basic understanding of what MEG is and what you can measure using MEG. The second part is hands-on training in the MEG lab that will get you acquainted with the MEG lab, and giving you the fundamentals in making your own MEG recordings at the NatMEG facility.

The course will not cover how to analyze MEG data, nor issues regarding specific research questions. The goal of the NatMEG Driver's License Course it to learn the basics of MEG instrumentation and the skills to do quality measurements at the NatMEG facility.

Future NatMEG driver's license dates

Planned meeting for 2019 (more will be announced after summer).

  • May 13th, 2019.

How to register?

If you are interested in taking the course, send an email to, including your name, email, mobile phone number, affiliation, and a short message about why you wish to take the course. The NatMEG driver's license course is free of charge.

There is a limited amount of seats available for the course. Researchers who are either attached to an ongoing project or starting up a new project at NatMEG will be given priority when signing up.

MEG driver's license overview

  • Part 1: Theoretical knowledge: Homework is done in advance by the attendee by listening to a set of video lectures covering MEG theory and MEG data pre-processing. In total, this amounts to about 1/2 - 1 day of work. The lectures must be completed before Part 2.  For details, see the program below.
  • Part 2: hands-on training at the NatMEG facility. Full day on-site course in the NatMEG lab.  These full-day trainings are scheduled about four times per year. For details on the program and a list of available dates, see below. This part is mandatory before beginning work in the lab.


Part 1.

Homework in preparation for the on-site course. No later than one day before the on-site training, you should go through the following video lectures. When you do this, please make notes, in particular about things appearing unclear to you. Expect a short test on-site during Part 2.

You  find the video lectures for the NatMEG Driver's License Corse here:

Please complete part 1 before you come to NatMEG for the driver's license course.

Part 2

A Whole day (9:30-16:30) course were we e train the workflow of running a typical MEG experiment, including preparations of equipment and participants. We go through all the steps following a research participant from 'hello' to 'goodbye' preparing and performing recordings in the lab.

The day is divided into two parts. In the morning we start with a brief overview of the MEG facility. Then we will learn to navigate in the lab and get an overview of equipment. After getting an overview, there will be a hands-on exercise in setting up and preparing for running an experiment: How to prepare the scanner and set up equipment, including testing the set-up works and doing recordings.

After the lunch break, we continue with the hands-on exercises. First how to prepare subjects with EOG, ECG and HPI coils before recording MEG and learn to assure adequate quality of preparation before recording begins. Then we will do one or two actual MEG experiment from start to end. Finally, we will demonstrate running MaxFilter and upload data to the server.

Slides from the driver's license part 2 can be found here.

NatMEG driver's license

Suggested reading material

There is no mandatory reading material for the driver's license course, but previous attendees have asked for suggested reading material to learn about doing MEG recordings. Below you will find a few recommendations to get started with learning about MEG and doing MEG measurements.

About MEG and good practice:

About MaxFilter:

Analysis toolboxes:

The driver's license course will not cover how to analyze MEG data (do, however, see upcoming events and workshops at NatMEG). We do recommend to get an understanding of analysis methods before getting started with your research. Below you will find links to suggested analysis toolboxes for analyzing MEG data. Most have well-documented tutorials to help getting started.

For more information and how to get started, see the web pages of the individual toolboxes:

See also our online lectures and MEG topics (Only a tiny part of this is covered in the driver's license course).

A general course on MEG methods and MEG data analysis is currently in the making, planned for spring 2018. Come back for more information.