Connecting European Neuroscience

What they say about NENS Exchange Grants

Joko Poleksic"It is a big pleasure to share my experiences during the six weeks professional training I completed in Athens at NKUA under the supervision of professor Antonios Stamatakis. As a young researcher without so much experience in molecular biology techniques, I was very enthusiastic about this opportunity but at the same time slightly sceptical about my performance. From the first day I had perfect support from Professor Stamatakis. He gave me clear instructions and practical guidance throughout the training process. I was very much encouraged with his words “Joko, you will have to make a mistake sooner or later...”. I would also like to emphasize the highly productive and enjoyable working atmosphere I experienced during my spell in the lab. It was very easy to cooperate and communicate with the lab mates who were all very friendly, interesting and helpful. Every day we spent time discussing our work issues and troubleshooting the ongoing experiments. These conversations were very valuable for developing my general skills and knowledge. Also, I would like to note the substantial amount of help provided by Dr Repouskou and Prof Kitraki during my Western blot training. In every aspect, I found the research training a great and unforgettable experience. Most importantly, I was able to take away the knowledge I learned in Athens and bring it home to our lab in Belgrade. I whole heartedly recommend the NENS Exchange research training to every young scientist looking to acquire new skills and gather international experience." Joko Poleksić (PhD student) about his exchange from the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia)  to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece) in 2018.  

Exchange Ann-Kathrin Herrmann"The NENS exchange program gave me the unique opportunity to travel to London and learn whole-cell patch clamping. Not only was the lab of Nicola Hamilton-Whitaker, PhD, at King´s College the ideal address to study electrophysiology, I also improved my communicational skills and critical thinking during my training stay at this international lab. The team was great, I had a really good time and I was able to bring a lot back to my lab. I am grateful for the NENS exchange grant, without whose support I would never have had the chance for this experience." Ann-Kathrin Herrmann (PhD student) about her exchange from the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenburg University Mainz (Mainz, Germany) to the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (London, United Kingdom) in 2018. 

Exchange Hendrik Heiser

"Thanks to the NENS Exchange grant I was able to perform my master thesis project in the lab of Johannes Gräff at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. There I was benefitting from the world-class research environment and cutting-edge technology available at EPFL. Additionally, the financial support offered by NENS allowed me to experience working and living in Lausanne at the shore of Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps, a region characterized by its outstanding beauty and high living standard." Hendrik Heiser (MSc student) about his exchange from the Max Planck Research School Neurosciences (Göttingen, Germany) to the EDNE Doctoral Program in Neuroscience (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2019.

Judita Huber

"I stayed in the lab of Martijn van den Heuvel at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam for 2 months. The aim was to learn more about network analysis to evaluate differences between human functional connectomes. Specifically, I arrived with preprocessed functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) data of participants who underwent different stimulation paradigms in the scanner. During my stay I wanted to determine an analysis strategy and start implementing this analysis. (...) Overall I enjoyed the experience in the lab of Dr. Martijn van den Heuvel a lot. I felt a strong passion for science by all lab members which led to fruitful scientific and even philosophical discussions. These happened not only during lab meetings, but also during our "Tuesday Cake Day" and Friday social get-togethers. (...) Thanks to NENS for providing me with this unique opportunity and financially supporting this exchange. Without this programme I would have probably not had the idea to visit another lab during my PhD, and not have the financial means of doing so. I would highly recommend applying for the NENS exchange grant, because it provides the opportunity to gain new methodological skills and to connect with fellow scientists. Judita Huber (PhD student) about her exchange from the Graduate School for Systemic Neurosciences (Munich, Germany) to the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in 2019.