The PhD Commission and IGSN Director and Speakers on the occasion of the IGSN awarding its 100th PhD A picture of a slide apart brain, with two hands pointing to different sections of it

International Graduate School of Neuroscience

The International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) offers an english language PhD-programme in all aspects of neuroscience from the molecular level to higher cognitive functions.

The IGSN was founded in October 2001 as an initiative of the Northrhine-Westfalian government to provide a forum for PhD candidates with superior academic track records. The IGSN offers an international network of renowned scientists, world leading supervisors and provides an excellent scientific environment.

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The IGSN provides PhD-students with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research training programme in basic, cognitive, clinical, and computational neuroscience. A key goal of IGSN is to give PhD students the opportunity to conduct high level research in a nurturing educational environment, that equips them to work in a multidisciplinary manner in the neuroscience field.

A fast-track international PhD in Neuroscience (completed within 3 years) together with additional training in management and complementary skills is aimed to produce a new generation of young neuroscientists that can compete at the highest level, both professionally and internationally.

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Painting Competition 2014

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IGSN Malwettbewerb 2014 für die Bochumer Grundschulen.
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IGSN painting competition 2014 for Bochumer primary schools.
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Cultural Trip to Aachen

Advisory Board member Dr. Paul Rheinländer recently invited IGSN students for a cultural day out.

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IGSN Conference

On the 1st and 2nd of April, the sixth IGSN conference took place, entitled "Receptors and ion channels: The molecular basis of synaptic signaling and modulation"

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Communicator Award

Onur Güntürkün is the winner of this year's Communicator Award, conferred by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

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IGSN Online Application

The online application for our 2014 programme has now closed.

Thank you very much to everybody that applied.


The BoNeuroMed programme started in Oct. 2009.

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