Scientific training

Tutored seminars

Throughout the course of their PhD, students have to attend seminars (usually once a week) on topics related to basic or clinical research. The Ph.D program proposes seminars with a “tutorial”, selected by the Local Management Board (4 per year, one every three months). The host (researcher or student of AMU neurosciences labs) will assist and prepare students for active and critical listening of the seminar by sending articles related to the presentation at least one week ahead. Usually, at lunchtime before the seminar, the papers will be discussed between the students and the Local Management Board. After the seminar, a one-hour private discussion between the PhD students and the speaker will take place. The objective is to encourage students to speak in public and prompt them to ask questions on topics that are far from their research area, thus expanding their general scientific culture.


  • September 27 : Brian Lau “The integration of cognition and emotion in the amygdala”
  • December 6 : Pascal Mamassian “Bayesian modeling of visual perception”


  • February 7: Mathias Pessiglione “How the brain motivates the behavior: from the reward circuit to the valuation system”
  • March 7: Francis Szele “Robustness and functional relevance of adult neurogenesis in man and mouse”
  • April 25: Bruno Poucet “Goal-directed spatial navigation and the hippocampus”
  • May 16: Steve Scott “Putting sensory back into voluntary control”
  • June 6: Clément Léna “The cerebello-cortical dialogue in motor control”
  • October 17: Dominique Leglu “Should we, could we vulgarise Science”
  • November 7: Ronald Harris Warrick “Principles of neuromodulation of neural networks: lessons from small networks”


  • January 30: Jean Rossier “Diversity and role of interneurons of cerebral cortex”
  • February 27: Henry Kennedy “the brain in space”
  • March 26: Shihab Shamma “Adaptive processes and listening in realistic auditory environments” invited by C. Chabbert and A. Norena (LNIA)
  • April 24: Franck Polleux “Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying axon morphogenesis and presynaptic function in mammalian neurons” invited by F. Mann (IBDM)
  • May 29: Harris Kenneth “The activity of cortical neurons and populations” invited by D. Robbe (INMED)
  • June 15: Jinn-Wu Tsai “Peering into Stem Cells in Live Brain: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Investigate Neural Development and Disorders” invited by T. Chaminade (INT)
  • July 10: Fabrice Bartolomei “Altered functional connectivity during loss of consiousness in focal epileptic seizures”
  • September 14: John Krakauer “The cognitiv motor interface” Invited by D. Robbe (INMED)
  • November 12: Gyorgy Buzsaki “why do we need so many neurons? Invited D. Robbe (INMED)
  • November 27: Francesco Roselli “Dissecting motoneuron disease by cell-specific chemiogenetics” invited by Jacques Durand (INT)
  • December 18: Catherine Dulac ” Molecular and Cellular Architecture of the mouse Social Brain”


  • February 26: Marco Pagani “Impact of EMDR treatment in functional and anatomical neuroimaging”Invited by Sarah Boukezzi (INT)
  • March 18: Pier Vicenzo Piazza “The discovery of a new pharmacological class of specific inhibitors of signaling CB1 receptors (CB1-SSi)”
  • 2016 June 23: Matteo Carandini “From vision to decision and navigation in mouse cortex” invited by the PhD program
  • 2016 Septembre 30: Ian Duguid “Dendritic excitation-inhibition balance shapes cerebellar output during motor behaviour”
  • 2016 Novembre 4: Viktor Jirsa “Large-scale brain networks and neural fields”
  • 2016 December 9: Iohannes Ziegler “Understanding developmental dyslexia : from causes to interventions” INT 12h30


  • 2017 January: 20: Anita Lüthi “Coordinated infra-slow neural and cardiac oscillations mark fragility and offline periods in mammalian sleep” INT 12h30 R+1
  • 2017 February 17: Hélène Barbas “Brain connection rules for cognition, emotion and action” INT 12h30 R+1
  • 2017 March 3: Marion Leboyer “The new challenges of immune-psychiatry” INT 13h R+1
  • 2017 April 24: Linda Pagani “Do Toddler Screen Time Habits Influence Trajectories of Human Development?”, INMED, 10h
  • 2017 June 2: Alfonso Renart “The cost of control in optimal perceptual decision making” INMED, 10h
  • 2017 July 3: Laura Colgin “Slow and fast gamma rhythms in the hippocampus” INMED, 10h
  • 2017 September 29: Balazs Rozsa “Fast 3D imaging of neuronal and dendritic spine assemblies in the visual cortex to understand neuronal computation in behaving animals” INT, 13h R+1
  • 2017 October 13: James Kilner “A novel functional role for beta oscillations” INT, 13h R+1
  • 2017 November 24: Christophe Mulle, “title to come”


  • 2018 January 26: Danielle Bassett “title to come” INT
  • 2018 February 23 : Olivier Collignon “title to come” INT
  • 2018 March 16: Pascale Durbec ” title to come”
  • 2018 May 18 : Christian Enziger “title to come”

Annual meetings

The Welcoming Day

The PhD organization committee organizes the welcoming day. The goals of the PhD program are presented by on of the member of the committee. Then, each newly enrolled PhD student will briefly present himself, his background and the main lines of his PhD project, on an informal basis. Finally, a manager of hygiene and safety will provide/remind all the good procedures to follow in a lab. A member of the ethical committee will also summarize all the research guidelines relative to experiments on human subjects and animals (that are in accordance with the European legislation). Each Ph.D. students will also have to attend the welcoming day of the Doctoral School.

The PhD Day

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PhD Day 2015 à l'INMED

PhD Day 2015 à l’INMED

This belongs to students!!!!

The “PhD Day” is a day in which students are invited to present their thesis work/project. But the main goal is also to organize this day with a special theme in Neurosciences . This means that students choose the theme of the day and the speakers to invite based on this theme. The speakers could present first, a “neuroscience” subject and second, an “absolutely not” neuroscience subject (for example if the theme is “meditation” a speaker talk about the effects of meditation on the brain and/or a philosopher, or a great yoga master, or why not a sophrologist …).

Special and Spontaneous Students's Events

Common BMP/ICN PhD program events:


Public conferences: Students are welcome to organize events on their own. In 2014 they invited Perrine Ruby to give a public conference on Science and Dreams

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PhD Monitoring

The AMU Doctoral School for Health and Life Sciences (EDSV-62) requires setting up an advisory board and a progress monitoring in order to assess PhD students’ academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. With the framework of the PhD program, the monitoring will be modified as described below (download pdf)