Training

Creating future leaders in the field of neuroscience.

We are committed to outstanding training programs in emerging interdisciplinary research areas to foster future leaders of the field.

The iBehave community has established high-level programs at all levels of education, and will link them in the Neuroscience Campus NRW. The Neuroscience Campus NRW structure will have outstanding critical mass and visibility, and will be an enduring structure beyond the four years of funding.

Neuroscience Campus NRW and component structures

Neuroscience Campus NRW

  • The partners will provide reciprocal access to teaching modules, internships and lab rotations.
  • iBehave PIs will teach in all master/ graduate programs.
  • The central coordination office will oversee and support all measures.

iBehave will also be included as a partner in the larger network formed by the European University NeuotechEU, a network of excellence in brain research and technologies -in line with the iBehave aims and of which UoB is an active partner. The Neuroscience Campus NRW structure will be maintained beyond the four years of funding and will represent a major outcome of iBehave for the visibility of the region.

 

Graduate Education

iBehave students will have several advisors, a main PI primarily responsible for the student, a co-PI, and a group of advising PIs, forming the Thesis Advisory Committee. The mentoring by the PIs, the progress of the project, the education of the students and their overall satisfaction in the lab will be part of the evaluation by the TAC after each yearly meeting.

Our students will be embedded in existing Graduate Schools at the sites. In addition, we will offer a two-weeks BootCamp to all new iBehave scientists, modeled along the concept of the BIGS Neuroscience Summer School. It will include basic lectures covering the broad spectrum of expertise present in the iBehave network as well as lab visits. In addition to providing scientific background in the topics of iBehave, this BootCamp will support peer-networking at the junior level.

A workshop series on iBehave topics will complement these curricula. ‘Wet-lab’ students will obtain basic training in computational neuroscience to foster direct communication across disciplines. Such courses are regularly and successfully organized by the Nawrot lab (UoC). Conversely, students with a computational background will have access to classes in our Master programs, an approach we have pioneered in the past years at UoB.

Specific training will be offered by the platforms/makerspaces, from general electronics basics and principles of setup design (M. Dübbert, UoC) to specific programming to spread the use of iBehave-developed solutions.

Graduate Schools

 

Programs for Clinician scientists

iBehave is committed to supporting young clinician scientists and iBehave PIs have spearheaded substantial and permanent structures supporting clinician scientists at all career stages. The UoB Medical Faculty has recently acquired significant funding for a dedicated advanced clinician scientist program (Chair: A. Schneider), in which Neurosciences are a core area. A neuro-centric junior clinician scientist program (Neuro-aCSis, Co-Chair: iBehave PI A. Schneider, board member M. Wenzel) is under evaluation and would complement the existing outstanding support structures in the Bonfor intramural funding system. Extramural programs include the Hertie Network of Excellence in Clinical Neuroscience (Bonn lead: iBehave PIs H. Beck, A. Schneider, funded young clinician scientists iBehave PIs M. Wenzel, J. Faber). 

Programs for Postdocs

Postdocs will be embedded in structured programs developed at each partner (e.g. Argelander Center, UoB; Albertus Magnus Center, UoC; Center for Young Academics, RWTH; HCDCR, FZJ; Career Development Center, DZNE; Planck Academy, MPG). Each postdoc will choose a mentor within the network and meet them regularly. We will promote independence through grant writing workshops (existing DZNE model), encouraging them to supervise undergraduate students and to get actively involved in teaching and science dissemination. To facilitate entering the private sector as a next career step, we will establish a seminar series and meet-and-greets with speakers from relevant companies (e.g., Google, Roche).

Centers for Postdocs

Career perspectives

We will select excellent students and provide them with a cutting-edge education toward a career path in academia or industry. The supervisors and TAC will actively discuss career perspectives with the PhD students/postdocs, particularly in their last two years. We anticipate that scientists with training in computer vision and data science will readily find employment. Similarly, we anticipate that PhD students from the network will be highly attractive candidates for international postdoc positions. Moreover, we hope to keep some scientists at UoB or a partner to continue and expand the work of iBehave.

Furthermore, to meet the needs of technical personnel at different career levels, all participating institutions have developed career perspectives for scientific and non-scientific personnel. UoB, UoC and RWTH have created specific curricula to facilitate research or alternative career paths, such as science management or entrepreneurship. DZNE has instituted a Career Development Center, supporting career planning for all personnel. The Max Planck Society has founded the Planck Academy with similar aims. We will use our core platforms to support entrepreneurial initiatives by opening them to students and postdocs for R&D projects after their tenure in iBehave. Our network of six institutions will, thus, offer an ideal environment and career springboard for scientists at all levels.