CANCELED – Workshop “Introduction to experimental neuroscience”

July 21 to August 1 (2020)

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to discover neuroscience research with hands-on experiments and practical sessions. Participants from various fields of study will follow case-based teaching, focused on basic neuroscience concepts and methods. They will also take part in a series of miniprojects under the supervision of experienced doctoral students and international experts in neuroscience.

Driven by case-based teaching, this workshop focuses on basic neuroscience concepts and methods. Short lectures and two series of 10 mini-projects complement the training, which is based on experiments in groups of maximum three students, followed by oral presentations of each project. Hands-on experiments through mini-projects covering questions and techniques used in modern neuroscience research laboratories will take place throughout the two week session. Topics covered will include:
– Cell biology and imaging (confocal, super-resolution microscopy)
– Molecular and cellular biology, transcriptomics
– In vivo surgery, gene transfer
– Anatomy, brain clearing, connectomics and electron microscopy
– In vitro electrophysiology and optogenetics
– In vivo electrophysiology and imaging › Behavior (rodents, etc.)
– Human neuroscience
– Neurocomputation

The summer school also benefits from a varied social program, including a Gala dinner allowing participants to meet and network with internationally renowned speakers and other cohort members.

Completing this project-based course will allow participants to better understand and practice basic experimental approaches within neuroscience or related scientific fields. A certificate of participation will be awarded to students upon completion of the course.

N° participants: 25
Languages: classes are conducted in English or French, depending on the public.
Location: lectures and practical sessions take place at the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, on the Carreire campus of the University of Bordeaux.
Participant profile: the course is designed for master and doctoral students from various disciplines: biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, etc.
Applications: to be completed online via our website: A CV and cover letter will be necessary. Deadline: April 10, 2020.
Participation fee: free of charge for University of Bordeaux participants; 1,000€ per external participant without lodging; 1,700€ lodging included, incl. VAT. Partial boarding and social program costs will be covered for all participants. Travelling fees remain at the participants’ expense.
Grants: a limited number of grants will be awarded to participants upon request. To apply for an exemption, participants must send a cover letter along with their application, detailing why they would like to participate and justifying their request.

A panel of experts

International experts from different areas of neuroscience supervise the program organization.

Each mini-project is supervised by experienced doctoral students from the University of Bordeaux and our partners the Hotchkiss Brain Institute – University of Calgary and Université Laval (Canada), as well as the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health of Melbourne (Australia).

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