Connecting European Neuroscience

Behaviour of Neural Systems

10-31 July 2016, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal

           © Adam Kampff

  • Quantitative and qualitative studies of behaviour are fundamental in our effort to understand brain function and malfunction. Recently, the techniques for studying behaviour, along with those for monitoring and manipulating neural activity during behaviour, have progressed rapidly. Therefore, we are organizing a summer course to provide promising young neuroscience investigators with a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art techniques in behavioural neuroscience.

This 3-week course is a practical “hands-on” introduction to advanced methods in behavioural neuroscience and will cover sufficient background such that all participants will be able to establish these techniques in their home laboratories. Popular model organisms (rodents, drosophila, and zebrafish) will be used to demonstrate how modern technology (e.g. video tracking, virtual reality, automation, etc.) can be combined with traditional behavioural approaches to perform truly innovative neuroscience investigations.

The course is composed of two phases: The first consists of a series of day long “mini-projects”. These hands on exercises will introduce new model organisms and the relevant core techniques (see Appendix B). The second phase will involve deploying these new skills to design and implement a week long research project that consolidates this new knowledge. This extended project will offer an opportunity for the participants to undertake novel state-of-the-art research supervised by experts in the field.

Course directors

  Zachary Mainen Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal  Florian Engert
Harvard University, USA

Adam Kampff
University College London, UK 


For further information on the course programme, instructors and techniques go to the course local website.


  • Fee : 3.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

    • The CAJAL Programme has limited funds available. 4 stipends (waived fee) are available per course. You can apply for a stipend inside the course general application form.
    • However, any applicant in need of a grant is encouraged to first request it from their lab, institution or government, if possible.
    • Applications are closed.

Champailmaud Foundation, Portugal

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