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NeuroGrad Winter School
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3764-20-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 28/11/2019
NeuroGrad Winter School : 1st year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time15.01.2020, at: 09:00 -
23.01.2020, at: 17:00
NeuroGrad Winter School : 2nd year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time15.01.2020, at: 09:00 -
23.01.2020, at: 17:00
NeuroGrad Winter School : 3rd year graduate students
ECTS credits1.60
Date and time15.01.2020, at: 09:00 -
23.01.2020, at: 17:00

Regular seats80
Course fee2,640.00 kr.
LecturersNanna MacAulay
Contact personTrine Lind Devantier    E-mail address: 
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.

All applicants will be allocated a place in the waiting list until the deadline for application has passed

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 correct scientific writing to their research papers and thesis

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 ‘writing skills in academia’:
Writing is an integral part of academia, and includes specific genres such as the abstract, manuscript or the thesis.

This workshop contents are:
•How to get started
•Structure your writing
•Abstract style
•English grammar
•Legible scientific English

Teacher: Nicolai Paulsen, language consultant

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, 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.

Plenary lectures by:
Brain Prize 2019 winner Professor Anne Joutel (Research Director INSERM, Paris, France):
“New insights into the mechanisms of small vessel diseases of the brain"

Dr. Valerie Young (Expert on the ‘Impostor Syndrome’):
“How to feel as bright and capable as they ‘think’ you are – why capable graduate students suffer from Impostor Syndrome and how to thrive in spite of it”

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, but PhD students in the field of neuroscience, but associated with other graduate programs are also welcome.

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



Mixture of plenary lectures, workshops, discussions, oral and poster presentations.

An abstract of the project must be submitted by 2nd and 3rd year students (no later than Dec 1st, 2020 by email to course administrator (TLDE@sund.ku.dk) while the 1st year students are invited to prepare an abstract to use in their Day 1 workshop (to be submitted Jan 2nd (to TLDE@sund.ku.dk). 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
Professor Nanna MacAulay, Department of Neuroscience
Email address: MacAulay@sund.ku.dk

Course administrator
Trine Lind Devantier (TLDE@sund.ku.dk)

‘Writing skills in academia’ is taught by Nicolai Paulsen
‘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, Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement, Hamburg
January 15th (9-17) + January 23rd (9-17 (followed by dinner until 22), 2020
(If more than 14 3rd year students sign up for their workshop, some will go January 16th instead)

Course location
Mærsk Building
Jan 15th: Rooms 13.2.36, 13.2.48 and 13.2.62
Jan 23rd: Nielsine Nielsen Auditorium (Neurodinner in Faculty Club, Panum 16.6)

Please register before November 28th, 2019 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 until January 9th, 2020.

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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