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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.

IGSN Calendar

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IGSN Online Application

The online application for the PhD programme 2015 is now open.

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IGSN Conference

On April 28th and 29th 2015, the SFB 874 / IGSN conference "Cortical and subcortical representation of sensory and cognitive memory" will take place at the Ruhr University's conference centre.

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Graduation Day 2014

The IGSN celebrated its 11th Graduation Day on December 5th.

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Painting Competition 2014

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The results of the 2014 IGSN school painting competition "What's your brain doing while you sleep?" are in.

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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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The BoNeuroMed programme started in Oct. 2009.

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