Why choose us

Here are some features that make our teaching stand out.

Scientific symposium

Organized around a central theme, the scientific symposium aims at presenting an emerging neuroscience question, in a transdisciplinary way, from the most molecular aspects to the most integrative and cognitive approaches.

The seminar is given by recognized French and international researchers.

M2 students prepare the seminar by reading papers then act as chairmen by introducing the speakers, preparing questions and leading the discussion.

The symposium lasts 2-3 days and comprises around 12 one-hour-long seminars, generally in English.

Learn more about the 2019 symposium, including a student’s testimonial with this article.

Previous themes:

Prix Nobel. Auteur : Vladislav Gajic

Themes linked to the work of Nobel laureates (medicine or chemistry)

  • Neural imprints
  • Olfaction
  • RNA, from the origin of life to memory
  • Stem cells, from development to cell therapy
  • Pain
  • Viruses, ennemies and allies
  • Encoding space

Various aspects of neuroscience, either conventional or not

  • Neurobiology of addictions
  • Adult neural stem cells and plasticity
  • Imaging & neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Spinal cord traumas
  • Atypical neurotransmitters
  • Excitability

English : passing the TOEIC

Proficiency in English is now mandatory to work in science. We encourage our students to improve their level of English by :

  • offering them weekly English lessons,
  • increasing the number of neuroscience courses offered in English (see below),
  • registering them to a standardized test (TOEIC). Passing it or an equivalent test is required for exchange students to take courses outside French-speaking universities.

M1 students receive English lessons each week, in small groups, until the TOEIC test (planned in Spring). M2 students who did not take or pass this test are also encouraged to take it.

An international strategy

It has become vital for future researchers to face a variety of environments. We look forward to sending our students and teachers to partner universities and welcoming theirs in return.

Problem-based learning (PBL)

In M1, instead of traditional practicals, students must answer one of twelve transdisciplinary neuroscience questions.

In small teams, they work together for 10 days to solve a problem using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Examples of PBL topics :

  • Motor disorders : the case of Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain, metabolism & obesity : homeostatic control vs addiction to food


More on the PBLs in this video (in French with English subtitles) :