11 March 2011

The Fate of the Memory Trace: Learning, Remembering and Forgetting

The Fate of the Memory Trace: Learning, Remembering and Forgetting
ECE Summer School in Neuroscience at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

When: September 4-25

Where: Bochum, Germany

From September 4th – 25th, 2011, the first European Campus of Excellence Summer School in neuroscience will be held at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Gifted students from all over Europe meet with eminent neuroscientists from all over the world to learn from each other, talk over and jointly conduct research that reach from neuron to behavior. In a unique setting, the young academics not only get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in memory research but also get to know fellow students from other European universities. Over a period of 3 weeks the students have the opportunity to attend lectures in the morning and put the newly acquired information into use during practical lab exercises in the afternoon. In the evenings, key lectures on state of the art research from further leading scientists will be held.

The summer school in Bochum is divided into three sections. Each is dedicated to one core issue of memory research:

• Week 1: Acquisition and Consolidation
• Week 2: Retrieval and the Memory System(s)
• Week 3: Extinction and Forgetting

At weekends we invite our guests to get to know the vibrant cultural life of the Ruhr area and also learn about its unique past, for example by visiting a former coal mine or today’s world heritage site “Zeche Zollverein” in Essen. The Bochum European Campus of Excellence starts with an opening speech on September 4th, 2011, and a subsequent banquet at the Ruhr University Bochum.

Lecturers and Key Speakers

Jan Born, University of Lübeck, Germany
Gyorgy Buzsaki, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA)
Sen Cheng, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Yadin Dudai, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Emrah Düzel, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK
Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University, USA
Asaf Gilboa, University of Haifa, Israel
Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Andrew Mayes, University of Manchester, UK
Karim Nader, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Magdalana Sauvage, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Daniela Schiller, New York University, New York, USA
Hugo Spiers, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK
Alessandro Treves, International School for Advances Studies, Trieste, Italy
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK
Oliver Wolf, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Who may apply:

The stipends are intended for excellent Bachelor and early Master students.

Three Steps to apply:

  1. download the form for letter of recommendation to be filled in by two Bachelor/Master supervisors Link: Recommendation form for supervisors - Have it filled in by two Bachelor/Master supervisors
  2. Prepare ONE PDF containing
    a) Proof that applicant is a registered student at a European university
    (incl. Israel, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey)
    b) Short CV (table form)
    c) Statement on motivation for participating in course (250 words max.)
    d) Short description of Bachelor or Master project (250 words max.)
    e) Description of proposed project during training stay (500 words max.)
    f) Letter of recommendation from 2 Bachelor / Master supervisors (see point 1)
  3. Fill in the application form online and upload the PDF-Document (see point 2)

Statement on motivation for intended participation (250 words max.)
Briefly discuss the reasons for pursuing neuroscience/cognitive science and for submitting an application for an ECE stipend.

Short description of Bachelor and/or Master project (250 words max.)
Please name title and supervisor of your project. Briefly summarize your main study area, aims of the project, key results obtained so far and your contribution.

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