The NeuroGrad Winter School


The yearly two-day 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 NeuroGrad Winter School is listed as a course under the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and we encourage all NeuroGrad students to participate in this Neuroscience festival!


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

1st year students will participate in the course:
 ‘Writing skills in academia’

Writing is an integral part of academia, and includes specific genres such as the abstract, manuscript or the thesis.

The 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 participate in the course:
 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 participate in the course:
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

Day 2 contains a mixture of plenary lectures, oral presentations by 3rd year neuroscience graduate students, and poster presentations by 2nd year neuroscience graduate students. The abstracts and presentations will be reviewed and evaluated by the 1st year students under guidance of a group of supervisors in the graduate program.

At the end of the day prizes will be given to best poster presentations and best oral presentations during the NeuroDinner taking place the same evening – which we hope that all NeuroGrads and supervisors will attend.

Course director
Professor Nanna MacAulay, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology.
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Graduate students will be credited 1.6 ECTS

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