Quantitative and qualitative studies of behaviour are fundamental in our effort to understand brain function and malfunction. Recently, the techniques for studying behaviour, along with those for monitoring and manipulating neural activity during behaviour, have progressed rapidly. Therefore, we are organizing a summer course to provide promising young neuroscience investigators a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art techniques in behavioural neuroscience.

This 3-week course is a practical “hands-on” introduction to advanced methods in behavioural neuroscience and will cover sufficient background such that all participants will be able to establish these techniques in their home laboratories. Popular model organisms (rodents, drosophila, and zebra fish) will be used to demonstrate how modern technology (e.g. video tracking, virtual reality, automation, etc.) can be combined with traditional behavioural approaches to perform truly innovative neuroscience investigations.

The course is composed of two phases. The first consists of a series of two-day long “mini-projects”. These hands-on exercises will introduce new model organisms and the relevant core techniques. The second phase will involve deploying these new skills to design and implement a week long research project that consolidates this new knowledge. This extended project offers an opportunity for the participants to undertake novel state-of-the-art research supervised by experts in the field.

Applications will be assessed by a committee, with selection being based on the following criteria: the scientific quality of the candidate (CV), evidence that the course will afford substantial benefit to the candidate (motivation letter), and the recommendation letters. 

Our next edition will be in the summer of 2018. Date TBA.