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General information incl. course registration | LNDS PhD Courses | “Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series | EPFL courses | CUSO courses | Unil MSc courses | Unige MSc couses | Other course offers | MOOCs: Massive open online courses

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 below and 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.


Course registration:
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".


Course locations:
Please see here for course locations in Lausanne and Geneva.



“Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series


The “Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series initiative supported by the Data Management Unit at FBM/CHUV Library and the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School should be a unique opportunity for PhD students to discuss and learn Open Science best practices and standards. A series of four 1-day workshops will take place in 2017 at UNIL/CHUV and EPFL. For each workshop session, researchers as well as scientific information specialists will provide you with new knowledge and skills in systematic literature search and bias assessment (Workshop I), experimental design and statistics (Workshop II), data management and data sharing (Workshops III & IV) to support high quality and reproducible studies.

You will discover specialized services from numerous partners at UNIL/CHUV, EPFL, Vital-IT/SIB, Scientific Information School, Biotelligences, datasets repositories (figshare / Zenodo), and learn more about funding agencies (SNFS) and publishers (PloS, NPG) expectations concerning Data management and Open Data.

Workshops I & II & IV will be reserved to FBM-UNIL and Lemanic neuroscience doctoral students, while Workshop III will be opened to researchers at all career stages.

Please find an overview of the workshops, timing and location here. For more information, please have a look at the detailed program of the lectures and workshops.

For registration use the links below:





EPFL courses

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BIO 693 State of the Art Topics in Neuroscience V

On March 14 and 15, 2018, the EPFL-BMI symposium "Stress in Health and Disease" will be part of the EPFL PhD course BIO 693 (5).

  • LNDS students who want to participate in the symposium AND submit a term paper after the symposium in order to validate 1 ECTS for PhD courses should follow the instructions below regarding the "REGISTRATION to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses" modes. Please write to the EDNE coordinator (with the LN coordinator in copy) before February 15, and send them the filled "external auditor form" together with a scanned copy of the PhD student card.
  • LNDS students who want to participate in the symposium without term paper, please register directly (for free) on the symposium website before February 15. For attending the symposium you can put 3 entries on your seminar sheet.


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.



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.




CUSO courses

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.



Unil MSc courses

Course name and organizer ECTS Start Date
Brain Development - JP Hornung 1.5 February 19 -23, 2018
Sensory Functions - JP Hornung 1.5 February 23 - March 2, 2018
Neuron-Glia Biology - A.Volterra 1.5 March 6 - 8, 2018
Modulation of Synaptic Transmission - D.Fasshauer 1 March 9 - 15, 2018
Neuronal death and repair in the Central Nervous System - N. Toni 1 March 16 - 21, 2018
Introduction to Psychiatric Neuroscience - K.Do 1.5 March 26 - 29, 2018
From memory to memory loss: Alzheimer's Disease 1.5 again in fall 2018

For registration, please write a mail to the LN coordinator.  Please note that course times do not overlap even when announced for the same date.

Link to the full schedule of UNIL courses for the Msc in Medical Biology




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.

Starting date: Since these are MSc courses, the starting dates fall in the first week of the semester.



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 lndscourses@gmail.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.

MOOCs: Massive open online courses

MOOCs are "massive open online courses" and are often a good way for students to increase their understanding on a certain subject (e.g. if missing a study background in neurobiology) or to explore other fields.

Please find a list (with start and end dates) of links to neuroscience MOOCs here. Course offers are manifold and provide introductory and expert knowledge on many topics.
LNDS students can basically validate participation to MOOCs with doctoral school credits, but apart from the offers below that are already verified by the LNDS this needs to be done on an individual basis (Who is teaching? How many hours should be translated into credits? What is the course level, e.g. master, equivalent to introductory or advanced PhD courses?)

In order to inquire about the potential validation of a MOOC participation in your doctoral program, please send the name and link of the MOOC you would like to take to the LNDS coordinator at least 2 weeks before course start.
After the course, provide the LNDS coordinator with your course certificate (as for summer/winter schools and international conferences) for credit validation.


Already verified MOOC offers

  • Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function (Teacher: Carl Petersen, EPFL): introductory level (evaluation by homeworks; worth 1.5 ECTS)
  • The Fundamentals of Neuroscience (escpecially for students lacking a neurobiological background; counting as introductory teaching) with so far 3 parts
    • Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron (1 ECTS)
    • Part 2: Networks and Neurons (1 ECTS)
    • Part 3: The Brain (1.5 ECTS)
  • Principles of fMRI (Part 1 and Part 2; 1 ECTS per part)


NEW! TRREE on-line training programme on ethics and regulation of health research involving human participants NEW!

TRREE stands for Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation. The website offers few modules on the topic, as well as an interesting chapter on Swiss ehtics regulations recap ("National supplements", only in French and German at the moment).


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LN Journal Clubs

Several LN labs hold journal clubs in which you can participate. Please check here for current journal club offers. You can validate participation, please see here.


LNDS e-learning system

For several courses, you will be informed about reading materials. Those will be stored in MOODLE. If you cannot access, please send an e-mail to the LN Coordinator.

The LNDS-MOODLE also contains reading materials for students who have to complement their study background by neuroscience topic introductions. Please see here for more information.

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