A series of twelve Journal Clubs per year can be validated with 1 ECTS as far as you respect these guidelines:
1. Principle of organization
The journal club can be organized by the students themselves under the supervision of one local group leaders from their department or institute. It is open to all students in the Doctoral Program in Neurosciences and to all members from the organizing or affiliated department as well as to special invited participants (e.g. guest speakers). It should take place on a regular basis, weekly if possible, on a precise day and time. The responsible group leader should be present during each session.
Presentations and presenters need to be announced at least one week in advance (if possible with a downloadable pdf file) and be publicly accessible on a website managed by the organizer(s), or sent by e-mail to all participants. Presentations should be no longer than one hour: 10-15 min general introduction, 20-30 min article presentation, 15-30 min discussion. The article presented should be on a neuroscience related topic from a high impact journal (impact factor 8 or higher), unless good reason exists (to confirm with supervising group leader). When possible, we strongly suggest that presenters coordinate the topic of their presentation with the departmental weekly seminar.
Participants should read the paper beforehand and prepare at least one question to discuss.
To validate credits for the journal club, students are required to prepare one presentation and attend 11 sessions. The Journal Club sheet, showing attendance and presentation dates, must be signed by the supervisor and sent to the LNDS coordinator.
Current LN Journal Clubs (JC)
- Developmental Neuroscience Journal Club
- every first and third Wednesday of the month, 12 PM-1 PM , Room 8020, 8th floor, CMU Geneva
- Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the program.
JC: Criticality of Complex Dynamics in the Brain
Journal club on emotions/affect in Geneva
PERIODICITY: Once a week for up to an hour, most probably on Thursdays for lunch.
FORMAT: Every week a volunteer will present a paper (or, if motivated, a topic of several papers) with either an important impact on the field of emotions/affect or related to a methodological issue (like a new analysis method). The papers should be of a high standard and can be freely chosen by the presenter - or if one can't decide, then one can set up a paper vote on doodle, or ask seniors. The goal is to discuss pitfalls and merits of the paper together, rather than staying quiet and just let the presenter do the talking. Attendants don't need to read the article in advance, but it's advised that they at least go over it quickly. Although it's on voluntary basis, the idea is that every participant should also present at some point. Ideally the journal club would be a full academic year (or two semesters), every week, i.e. with 9-10 sessions per semester. However, if that would take too much time for people, we might reduce it to ~5 sessions per semester.
CONTACT: Motivated people can either send a mail to email@example.com or contact Sven.Collette@unige.ch
Journal club on decision making in Geneva
PERIODICITY: One session per month
RATIONALE: To study and discuss different approaches to decision sciences. Decision-making has been studied from different perspectives including philosophy, psychology, economics, and neuroscience. However, the connection of these fields for the discovery of decision processes is not well established. This journal club can provide a platform in which students can learn more interdisciplinary approaches on decision-making and a networking opportunity for future collaboration in all aspects of decision-making, including emotions, theory of mind, computational and mathematical modelling, neuroeconomics, and behavioral psychology.
CONTACT: Motivated people can either send a mail to Mohsen.firstname.lastname@example.org, also to request more information
Club supervisor: Prof. Kerstin Preuschoff
Journal club "Clinical neuroscience of pain" (CHUV, Lausanne)
PERIODICITY: One session per month (usually penultimate Tuesday of the Month, 12-13h, please contact us to receive future dates)
PLACE: Seminar room of the pain center, CHUV, Lausanne (centre d’antalgie, CHUV main building BH06, entrée 5, room 164)
FORMAT: A volunteer presents a paper with an important impact on pain research and clinical neuroscience (~30min). Reading the article in advance is not mandatory, but it's advised. This presentation is followed by an abstract club, i.e. each participant is asked to pick an abstract, to give a brief summary and to explain the relevance for the field.
CONTACT: please contact email@example.com for details on the program.