General information incl. course registration
The courses listed below offer a pluri-disciplinary education in all fields of neuroscience at the doctoral level. Those students not holding a MS degree in Neuroscience or Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to follow master level courses in order to reach the required level for advanced doctoral courses. Lectures are given in English, except for those courses whose titles are indicated in French.
Course dates are constantly updated. For courses with so far unknown dates the respective column is empty or only gives an indication of the foreseen period. Please keep visiting the website to learn about new propositions and registration deadlines. In case you are interested in taking online courses (MOOCs), please have a look here.
Please note that it is often possible to participate in LNDS-external courses/events and validate credits or seminar sheet entries. In case of uncertainties, contact the LNDS coordinator.
For LN PhD courses, Unil MSc courses and Unige MSc courses, write an e-mail at least two weeks before the course starts (unless other deadline is specified in the course description). Please copy your thesis director every time to register to a course, and use your university account (no gmail, hotmail, etc).
For EPFL courses please read the information available below under "EPFL courses".
Please see here for course locations in Lausanne and Geneva.
BMI Symposium "Connectivity and plasticity of neural circuits" (12 & 13 December 2016)
The BMI symposium (plus, term paper to be submitted afterwards) can be enrolled to and validated as EPFL-EDNE doctoral couse "BIO 693 State of the Art Topics in Neuroscience" (1 ECTS also for LNDS). Please follow the instructions just below on "Registration to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses" if you wnat to participate. The detailed program of the symposium is announced here.
REGISTRATION to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses
LN PhD students are most welcome to attend the courses listed in the section "Doctoral Program courses" at the EPFL-EDNE PhD courses website, except the BIO609 course. To inquire about free slots in courses, please write to the EDNE coordinator (with the LN coordinator and your thesis director in copy). You will then have to fill an "external auditor form" and send it to the address given in the form together with a scanned copy of the PhD student card.
Note the following points:
Sending your PhD student card to the SAC-EPFL is necessary once per semester.
Use your university email account (no gmail, hotmail, etc) for sending mails to the EDNE coordinator (and put the LN coordinator and your thesis in copy)
Please respect these registration rules, otherwise your demand cannot be processed!
For credit validation, please send a copy of your EPFL credit transcript (that you receive after the semester of the course you took) to the LNDS coordinator.
REGISTRATION to other EPFL PhD courses
You might also find interesting PhD courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL PhD courses outside the EPFL-EDNE program.
To register to any EPFL PhD course outside the EDNE program, please apply directly to the coordinator of the specific program.
REGISTRATION to EPFL MSc courses
The EPFL-EDNE coursebook recommends some MSc courses to its Neuroscience PhD students. You might also find interesting MSc courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL MSc courses. To register to any MSc EPFL course, please apply through the EPFL Students' Desk. Individuals must present a piece of identification and a valid e-mail address. Students enrolled in a Swiss institution must provide an “attestation” (proof) of studies from their university, valid for the semester during which they will audit an EPFL course.
The CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale) offers a range of courses on research-related soft skills (e.g. scientific writing). Moreover, the varying doctoral programs provide courses on statistics, research and analysis methods etc.
Some links to these CUSO program websites are here (not comprehensive):
Please register directly via the several CUSO course website entries and provide the LNDS coordinator with your certificate of attendance and a course description to validate your credits.
The list above only contains a selection of courses of the Unige Msc program in Neuroscience; the comprehensive list can be found here. Several other courses of interest for LNDS PhD students are offered, e.g. on topics like memory, language functions, brain development and plasticity, genetics and bioinformatics.
Not all of the courses are given in English (but the compulsory ones for PhD students asked to complement their non-neuroscience background are). For most of the courses, the exam can be taken either in English or in French (by request to the person in charge of the course). Please note that these MSc courses are validated with 3 credits for MSc students, but PhD students can only validate only 2 credits.
Enrollment: Students should be able to enroll directly via the Chamilo platform (but please write to the LNDS coordinator, too). In case of problems or questions, contact the LNDS coordinator.
Other course offers
These courses listed below have varying modes of registration.
Course links marked with an asterisk * direct you to a site with self-enrollment ("s'inscrire en ligne") . Please do so and provide the LN coordinator with a course certificate after you followed the course (i.e. as when you register for a CUSO course). Please note that the UNIL language course are oftentimes only accessible for UNIL students.
For courses at Unige on research-related soft skills marked with a plus + (e.g. scientific writing), please contact the course organizer directly since these courses are not organized by the LNDS.
Courses marked with a hashtag # are organized by the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL and the Life Science PhD students have preferential access. The registration periods for these courses are indicated here. Contact the LNDS coordinator to get registered for a particular series, will do my best to do so, but watch out for alternative offers, e.g under the CUSO section.
For unmarked courses, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before the beginning of the course as usual.
Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science
You can register directly on the RESAL website, but please remember to inform the LN coordinator about your registration (with copy to your thesis director as usual), and send the course certificate to the coordinator for credit validation.
COURSES IN ENGLISH IN LAUSANNE AND GENEVA (Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)
JANUARY 2017 at UNIL-Dorigny:
16-20 Jan (theory and practice)
23-25 Jan (practice)
JUNE 2017 at UNIL-Dorigny:
19-23 June (theory and practice)
26-28 June (practice)
COURSES IN FRENCH IN LAUSANNE AND GENEVA
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 (CMU- Geneva):
28 Aug - 1 Sept (theory+practice)
4-7 Sept (practice)