Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (LNDS)


The Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (LNDS) organizes student training both in theoretical and experimental aspects of neuroscience. Research projects take place in affiliated laboratories in Geneva and Lausanne. Depending on the location and affilliation of the host lab, candidates are enrolled in one our our five partner faculties:

  • University of Geneva (UNIGE): Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPSE)
  • University of Lausanne (UNIL): Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) and Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Around 180 PhD candidates are currently enrolled in the program (status: June 2021), and receive training via comprehensive coursework within the LN Program and by attending seminars, journal clubs and workshops. Doctoral candidates are encouraged, and also sponsored, to present their research at national and international neuroscience conferences. Facilitating interactions between PhD candidates and senior researchers help our doctoral students to build a network for future collaboration and employment. Our graduates have successful careers in a variety of areas including academia, teaching, research foundations, industry and scientific editing.


The LNDS crowd at the Lemanic Neuroscience Annual Meeting (LNAM) in 2016.

LN students are welcome to play an active role in the doctoral program and scientific outreach events. Every year LN students get involved in organizing the LN Annual Meeting, the Brain Awareness Week and other outreach events for youngsters. In 2016, they organized with their "Brain Me Out" initiative social activities for the visitors of the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) in Geneva.

Also, at the FENS meeting in Geneva (July 12-16, 2008), they organized and hosted the successful Jump-the-FENS’08 evenings for their European and world-wide colleagues. Since 2006 many LN students have also supervised international PhD students and postdocs on lab projects at the FENS-IBRO Imaging Training Center.




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Program overview


A bit of History

In 1994-95 the University of Geneva organized for the first time a "Programme d'enseignement plurifacultaire de neurosciences cognitives", involving the faculties of Medicine, Science and Psychology.

In Lausanne, since 1996-97, a "Certificat d’études complémentaires en neurosciences" (CECN) was offered by the same three faculties.

In October 2002 these six faculties joined forces to create the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School and deliver a common PhD degree in Neuroscience.

The EPFL Neuroscience Doctoral School started in the year 2003-04, offering an independent diploma but sharing courses with the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.

FBM Doctoral School - Amphipôle 316 - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 14
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) Université de Genève Université de Lausanne École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)