Why choose us

Here are some features that make our teaching stand out.

Scientific symposia

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

The seminars are given by recognized French and international researchers.

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

Each symposium lasts 3 days and comprises around 15 one-hour-long seminars, generally in English.

Previous themes:

Prix Nobel. Auteur : Vladislav Gajic

Symposium 1 : theme 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

Symposium 2 : 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 two hours of 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) :