PhD-Projects and Training Weeks


Embedding the young researcher into a research group under the supervision of a project leader and with special tutoring of a second advisor from the other sector (industry-academia).

Monitoring and reviewing of the work plan and timelines for each fellow every six months and reporting to the Project Steering Committee every twelve months.

Fellows will provide annual progress reports

Integration of doctoral fellows into structured local neuroscience doctoral programs

Organisation of language courses for the fellows: crash courses in the beginning of the fellowship (e.g. 80 hours) and continuous follow-up courses in the remaining time (e.g. 2 hours per week)

Students are encouraged to practice the skills gained by giving Neuroscience seminars on topics of general interest related to their PhD thesis to high school students (excellent experiences within the EUROSCA Integrated Project), in front of a local patient group or to write a project related article for a local newspaper at least once. Presentations and articles will be made public on the NEURASYN website

Establishment and conduct of individual Personal Development Plan for each fellow according to the template provided by the European Commission.

Each fellow will rotate into one or two complementary research groups at partner labs for a period of 1 to 6 months (according to the needs of the projects). The choice of the associated groups will mainly be determined by two factors: (i) needs of the PhD project, and (ii) academia-industry transfer of knowledge.

T6.1: Organisation of PhD training weeks: obligatory for each fellow to attend all 4 training weeks (TW 1-4)

TW 1: Protein aggregation and structure: Scientific training (days 1-4), Complementary skills training (days 5-6): Scientific writing skills

TW 2: Effects of protein misfolding on neuronal cell homeostasis:Scientific training (days 1-4), Complementary skills training (days 5-6): Project management and making oral presentations

TW 3: Animal models of neurodegeneration: Scientific training (days 1-4), Complementary skills training (days 5-6): Coaching and leadership for PhD-students

TW4: Drug Development in Synucleinopathies: Scientific training (days 1-4), Complementary skills training (days 5-6): Life sciences and entrepreneurship: from founding to funding

Build a web-based teaching and reference tool, containing the training material from the NEURASYN training weeks, summaries of the ongoing research within NEURASYN and serving as black board where news and relevant information can be posted.

Usage of NEURASYN web site as a network information system with all data related to each early stage researcher's study program (title, supervisor and mentor, doctoral plan, doctoral project, progress reports, abstracts etc.)

Organisation of the NEURASYN classroom on clinical aspects of brain disorders in relation to ASYN for the fellows.

Organisation of an introductory day devoted to the introduction and explanation of the NEURASYN programme.

Organisation of the kick-off meeting on the day after the introductory day

Organisation of annual meetings as progress monitoring mechanism; second and third annual meeting will be preceded by a course on ‘critical thinking and scientific proposal writing

Organisation of a final two days workshop that will be opened up to external researchers. The number of participants will be limited to 40, thus, NEURASYN will be complimented by about 10-15 external researchers. A NEURASYN letter of acknowledgement will be given to those fellows who will have met the training requirements as set out in the NEURASYN program.

Organisation of a one day workshop on 'career planning and job hunting'.

In order to also train the NEURASYN fellows in topics that are not covered by the expertise that is present in the network, NEURASYN will organise a one-week summer school on advanced techniques of neurobiology. Topics covered will include in-vivo-Calcium-Imaging and proteomics as well as electrophysiology, in-vivo-neuroimaging (humans and small animals), statistics and bioinformatics that will be taught by visiting sientists from outside the network that will be engaged for one month (one week summer shool, three weeks preparation and follow-up).