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NeuroGrad Winter School
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3764-18-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 05/01/2018
NeuroGrad Winter School : 1st year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time10.01.2018, at: 09:00 -
18.01.2018, at: 17:00
NeuroGrad Winter School : 2nd year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time10.01.2018, at: 09:00 -
18.01.2018, at: 17:00
NeuroGrad Winter School : 3rd year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time10.01.2018, at: 09:00 -
18.01.2018, at: 17:00

Regular seats60
Course fee2,640.00 kr.
LecturersNanna MacAulay
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
The NeuroGrad Winter School is designed to stimulate networking between PhD students affiliated with the graduate program in neurosciences (NeuroGrad) at University of Copenhagen and networking between PhD students and senior researchers in neuroscience. It offers a chance for the PhD students to discuss their project with other PhD students and supervisors. Furthermore, the graduate students will obtain transferable skills relevant to the stage of progress of their PhD study and project.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). All other participants must pay the course fee. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
1st year graduate students
1. Critically review abstracts and poster presentations
2. Reflect on oral presentations
3. Apply project management skills to their research project

2nd year graduate students
1. Present and discuss a scientific poster
2. Reflect on oral presentations
3. Apply poster presentation skills to their poster presentations

3rd year graduate students
1. Present at discuss their research project orally
2. Apply communication and presentation skills to oral presentations

Day 1 consists of workshops of different skills relevant to the different stages of the graduate studies.

1st year students will attend the course on ‘project management in academia’:
New, time limited and complex – such are the tasks generally undertaken as projects. A work environment without project work is almost unimaginable nowadays. And this is not only true for the non-academic sector: Even the doctorate is a project!

Proven project management tools pave the way for the professional development and planning of projects, for competent guiding of their implementation and for their successful completion. With the help of these tools even difficult steps in the project journey can be safely navigated.

During the workshop the participants familiarize themselves with the most important project management methods and instruments. The following topics are at the core of the workshop:
• Basics of project management: From design to completion of a project
• It is all about direction: Setting objectives for my projects
• How to handle the unforeseen: Strategies for dealing with difficulties
• Projects in the higher education sector: What are the idiosyncrasies of academia?
• Strengthen your strengths! How can I exploit the strengths of my project?
• Stakeholder analysis: Where do I find support for my project?
• Project management: My next steps
Teacher: Dr. Simon Golin from Golin Wissenschafts Management

2nd year students will attend the course on ‘Posters: can they deliver the goods? Yes!’:

Get ideas and tips about what to present, how to portray it, and how to present it orally

Teacher: Carol Bang-Christensen

3rd year students will attend the course on ‘Communication & presentation in the academic context: How to be confident and persuasive’:

Whether small talk or academic subject presentation – the ability to present oneself adequately and to communicate one’s concerns effectively is a deciding factor of career related success in academia.

With a few fundamental strategies for communication and presentation techniques, it is possible to illustrate complex data in a context relevant way, to convince others, to win supporters and thus reach the respectively set goals.

In this workshop the participants engage with their personal communication strategies. Through exercises and role-plays they familiarize themselves with established presentation techniques and train their communicative competencies. The workshop contents are:

• Communication basics: Good communication presumes set goals
• Presentation basics: Preparation is key
• Go public – go scientific! The context makes the difference
• Everything under control? Dealing with difficult situations
• Role-play: Presentation situations in practice
• Minima rhetorica: Tips & tricks on the art of oratory
• Communication & presentation:My next steps

Teacher: Melanie Lynn Conrad PhD, golin wissenschaftsmanagement, Hamburg

Graduate students affiliated with the graduate program in neuroscience participate in day 1.

Day 2 contains plenary lectures and presentations from the PhD students in the graduate program in neurosciences: 2nd year PhD students present their research projects on posters and 3rd year PhD students present their projects orally. The presentations will be reviewed and evaluated by the 1st year students under guidance of a group of supervisors in the graduate program.

This year’s keynote speaker will be BrainPrize winner Professor Wolfram Schultz, Cambridge University with ‘How my brain is getting me the best reward’ and Senior editor at GLIA, Professor Bruce Ransom, Washington Medical School with ‘Tips and tricks from the world of publishing’.

Prizes will be given to best abstract, poster presentation, and oral presentation at the NeuroDinner taking place the same evening.

Graduate students and supervisors affiliated with the graduate program in neuroscience participate in day 2.
The course is intended for PhD students affiliated with the graduate program in Neuroscience

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:



Mixture of plenary lectures, workshops, discussions, oral and poster presentations.
Preparation: An abstract of the project must be submitted by 2nd and 3rd year students (no later than Dec 1st, 2017 by email to course director. PhD students must prepare either an oral presentation (3rd year) or a poster (2nd year), or prepare to act as poster reviewers (1st year).

Course director
Associate professor Nanna MacAulay, Center for Neuroscience
Email address: MacAulay@sund.ku.dk

Course secretary
Anca Stoica, stoica@sund.ku.dk

‘Project management in academia’ is taught by Dr. Simon Golin, Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement, Hamburg
‘Posters: Can they deliver the goods? Yes!’ is taught by Carol Bang-Christensen
‘Communication and presentation in the academic context’ is taught by Melanie Lynn Conrad, PhD, Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement, Hamburg
Jan 10th (9-17) + Jan 18th (9-22, dinner included), 2018

Course location
Mærsk Building

Please register before November 1st, 2017 and mark which year of your graduate studies you are in at the date of the course. Note, last minute registration for newly enrolled NeuroGrads can take place up until Jan 3rd by contacting course leader Nanna MacAulay (macaulay@sund.ku.dk).

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.

Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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