Connecting European Neuroscience

What they say about the CAJAL Programme

They organised or attended a cajal course and are sharing their experience

Course directors

"The CAJAL programme is a re-invention of neuroscience training that emphasises practical “hands on” training in very advanced methods: I believe that neuroscience education is the best way to inspire new, creative, and exciting neuroscience. However, this education must prepare young scientists to tackle their own questions, by whatever means necessary, and not just survey the latest and greatest techniques. The best way to get scientists to focus on questions is to show them that the techniques are manageable. By demystifying advanced technology, students learn that anything is possible and that techniques need not constrain (or drive) their research. Therefore, I think neuroscience will benefit from having (many) more such training programmes. Organizing a Cajal course offered me the opportunity to try something really, really ambitious.”

Adam Kampff - CAJAL Behaviour of Neural Systems course 2015 and 2016.

"Thanks to its structure of including experimental aspects in neuroscience, the Cajal programme helps develop a new generation of scientists able to use state-of-art technologies to tackle important open questions in our field. The incredible atmosphere encouraged students to actively participate both during the lectures and in the miniprojects. Amazing informal discussions in front of a coffee strongly contributes! In short, a cajal course is a great experience where you can combine excellent science to ambitious educational goals. To be done."

Monica Di Luca - CAJAL Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology course 2017.


Course participants

"It was incredible to have access to so many state of the art techniques and have the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with experts on each technique. The course will definitely influence my future work and experimental design and I will not hesitate to get back in touch with people of the course – students, instructors or speakers - for help or advice. This is an outstanding opportunity and an incredible experience."

CAJAL Interacting with Neural Circuits course 2017.

“During the first two weeks we did a series of 2-day long mini-projects. We would learn about some techniques or tools the first morning and then spend some time trying to build a small experiment using these tools. Finally we spent the last week on a bigger project, re-using all of the tools we had acquired before. We also had great lectures by invited speakers around lunch time every day.  I loved that the course was really hands-on and intense; I feel like I learned a lot. I had a wonderful time meeting the other students and instructors. Everybody was so smart and passionate, it was really inspiring and humbling; but it also taught me that pretty much anything you want to experiment is possible!"

CAJAL Behaviour and Neural Systems course 2015.