Workshop “Introduction to experimental neuroscience”

in partnership with the Bordeaux Neurocampus Graduate Program

July 19 to 31 (2021)

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to discover methods and concepts in neuroscience research through hands-on training within the premises of the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience. Participants from various fields of science follow case-based training by taking part in mini-projects supervised by experienced doctoral students and international experts in neuroscience.


This workshop focuses on basic neuroscience concepts and methods. It includes short lectures and hands-on experiments through mini-projects covering questions and techniques used in modern neuroscience research laboratories.

Topics covered will include:

  • Cell biology and imaging
  • 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
  • Human neuroscience
  • Neurocomputation

What will you gain from this experience?

This project-based training will allow participants to:

  • Better understand basic experimental approaches in neuroscience research
  • Directly perform the experiments
  • Strengthen their international scientific network


FENS and IBRO-PERC provide 4 stipends of 750 EUR for Master and/or PhD students interested in attending this course.Through these stipends FENS and IBRO-PERC aim to encourage and promote international experience of students; hence, students that are currently residing or studying in France are not eligible for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend for this course.

Participants: 25

Languages: English or French (depending on the public)

Location: Bordeaux School of Neuroscience

Student profile: Master and doctoral students from various disciplines (biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy…)

Participation fees for the students:

  • Free of charge for University of Bordeaux participants (lunch included)
  • 1700 € per external participant, all included (lodging + lunch) / 1000 € (without lodging)

Travelling fees remain at the participant’s charge.

Covid-19 measures : Participation fees will be reimbursed to participants unable to come to Bordeaux for Covid-19 restrictions.

For the instructors: Travels, lunch and lodging are offered by the Program.

Grants: A limited number of grants will be awarded to participants upon request (see application form).

For more information, please contact : [email protected]

A panel of experts

International experts from different areas of neuroscience will supervise the program organization:

  • Muriel Darnaudery: Rodent behavior
  • Xavier Fioramonti: Electrophysiology
  • Jean-Louis Guillou: Rodent behavior
  • Marc Landry: Microscopy
  • Arthur Leblois: Networks and neurocomputation
  • Christophe Mulle: Electrophysiology
  • David Perrais: Cellular neurobiology

Each mini-project will be supervised by experienced doctoral students.

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