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Summer School in Neuroscience - Biosensors and Actuators for Cellular and Systems Neuroscience, 23 June-13 July 2019, France

Publish Date: Jan 21, 2019

Deadline: Mar 04, 2019

Event Dates: from Jun 23, 2019 12:00 to Jul 13, 2019 12:00

Biosensors and actuators for cellular and systems neuroscience

23 June – 13 July 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

Optical techniques have become indispensable for biological research in recent decades. Systems neuroscience has seen some of the most exciting developments in this regard, following the development of genetically-encoded biosensors and actuators that allow multi-modal interrogation of neural circuit function. This course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the principles behind the design and application of these tools, and enable hands-on experience with optogenetic and chemogenetic actuators and with genetically encoded reporters of calcium, voltage and metabolism. Experimental work will span a wide range of systems and experimental preparations, utilizing standard microscopy methods as well as advanced hardware for parallel excitation and imaging of neuronal circuits. In addition to the practical aspects of utilizing these powerful tools, the course will cover the conceptual issues of data analysis and interpretation.


Applications will open in January 2019.


Fee : 3.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)


Please make sure to have gathered all required information below before you start your application.

Marked (*) items are mandatory.

  • Personal information (contact details, …)*
  • Curriculum vitae (submitted as a separate file, max 3 pages , pdf format) *
  • List of publications in peer-reviewed journals (no meeting abstracts, supply list in PubMed format )
  • First author presentations (up to six) at meetings (with co-authors and titles)
  • Motivation for attending this course (about 300 words)*
  • Research interests and background relevant for attending this Cajal course (about 300 words)*
  • Stipend requested (provide arguments for stipend, 200 words), if applicable
  • Two referees (Full name, e-mail)* (the referees will receive an e-mail asking them to support your application. Please make sure that your referees fill in the form that will be sent to them, as your application will be considered as incomplete if they don't.)


About 20 students will be selected to attend the CAJAL course and 4 CAJAL stipends are available in the form of waived registration fee.

Kindly note that if you benefited from a Cajal stipend in the past, you are no longer eligible to receive this type of funding. However other types of funding (such as partial travel grants from sponsors) might be made available after the participants selection process, depending on the course.

Some CAJAL courses might have specific partial grants available. However this cannot be guaranteed and the CAJAL Programme strongly recommends looking for external financial support. For example, the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds offer travel grants.

JNS and ANS grants:

If you are a member of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS), please apply for a partial grant. Deadline 22 January 2019.

If you are a member of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), partial grants are available. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please indicate here that you are a member.


Indicate two referees. The referees will receive an email asking them to rate your application.

It is important that you make sure that your referees:

- are aware of your request for recommendation

- received the email with the form 

- fill in the form that will be sent to them

If no form is submitted, your application will be considered as incomplete.

The referees have two days after the set applications deadline to fill in their form.

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