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 Bio-Medical 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. Please keep visiting the website (and our event calendar) to learn about new propositions and registration deadlines.
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.
New: Course modules - Clinical Neuroscience & Modern Neuroimaging Methods & Introductory Neuroscience Tutorial
For the first time in the autumn semester 2014/15 we will have a course offer consisting of two intertwined modules introducing students to "Clinical neuroscience" (Module C) and "Modern neuroimaging methods" (Module I).
These two modules can be taken together, but also separately. The lectures of each module (and case presentations for module C) will take place on Wednesdays during the semester. Please see the "ProgramOverview_Clinical+ImagingModule" for the detailed schedule of both modules.
The course will include a complete description of the healthy and diseased brain (Module C) as well as a description of the acquisition and analysis tools to study brain structure, function and connectivity (Module I). Students can also benefit from participation in the clinical case presentations at the neurology service of the CHUV on Wednesday mornings.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have developed a broad understanding of normal brain functions and disorders of the central nervous system (Module C), as well as knowledge of how modern neuroimaging techniques and their application improve our understanding of brain functions and discorders (Module I).
Please see below for detailed description of the content of each module.
Course location: CHUV, Mont Paisible 16 - salle 05_565 (clinical case discussion in Module C at Auditorium Charlotte Olivier in the CHUV main building!!!!)
Course registration: The number of participants in each module is limited to 12. Please write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (with module name as subject and your supervisor in copy), inscriptions will be treated on first come-first served basis.
In alignment with the topics of the Clinical neuroscience module, furthermore an "Introductory neuroscience" tutorial will be offered for students asked for attending additional introductory neuroscience courses in their LNDS acceptance letters due to their prevous study background. More information especially on the reading materials and general topic layout of the tutorial can be found here. Further information will follow soon, but reading materials should already be accessible in Moodle (also for LNDS students who will not take the tutorial).
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 from the BIO609 course.
Since February 2012, the EPFL request external students to register as an auditor beforehand, by way of a special form that can be found here. This form is to be filled in and sent back to the EDNE administrator with a scanned copy of the PhD student card, and with notice to your home program administration.
Sending your PhD student card for the registration as an EPFL external auditor is necessary once per semester.
Please keep these points in mind:
Some EPFL-EDNE courses have limited space. For those, the EDNE students have the priority, therefore sending your e-mail to the EDNE administrator is not a confirmation of attendance.
Registration to courses taking place in the spring semester is possible anytime.
Use your university email account (no gmail, hotmail, etc), copying the LN coordinator and your thesis director in your message to the EDNE administrator.
If you don't respect these rules, we will not be able to process your registration!
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.
The CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale) offers a range of doctoral courses (e.g. statistics) and courses on research-related soft skills (e.g. scientific writing).
Please register directly via their website and provide the LNDS coordinator with your certificate of attendance and a course description to validate your credits.
Please note that the Unige MSc courses listed above are not comprehensive. Click here to see the comprehensive program of the Geneva MSc program in Neuroscience.
There are several other courses offered that are of interest for LNDS PhD students, e.g. on topics like neurobiology, memory, affective neurosciences, language, 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 we will validate only 2 credits for our PhD students.
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). You might also find other self-enrollment offers for UNIL language courses under the link here as well.
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. Depending on the series (S1-S4), varying registration periods apply. Moreover, places are limited and fill up rapidly. Thus, contact the LNDS coordinator as soon as possible for getting registered for the particular series. Will do the best to get you registered, but watch out for alternative CUSO offers! The registration periods for the courses marked # are indicated here.
For unmarked courses, send an e-mail to email@example.com (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 (UNIL-Dorigny; Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)
January 19-23, 2015 (theory and practice)
January 26-28, 2015 (practice)
June 15-19, 2015 (theory and practice)
June 22-24, 2015 (practice)
COURSES IN FRENCH IN LAUSANNE AND GENEVA
March 16-20, 2015 (theory and practice; UNIL-Dorigny)
March 23-25, 2015 (practice; UNIL-Dorigny)
August 24-28, 2015 (theory+practice; CMU Geneva)
August 31-September 2, 2015 (practice; CMU Geneva)