NeuroGrad Winter School – University of Copenhagen

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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 every fall s 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: 
‘Project management in academia’ 
New, time limited and complex – such are the tasks generally undertaken as projects. A work environment without project work is almost unimaginable nowadays. And this is not only true for the non-academic sector: Even the doctorate is a project!

Proven project management tools pave the way for the professional development and planning of projects, for competent guiding of their implementation and for their successful completion. With the help of these tools even difficult steps in the project journey can be safely navigated.

During the workshop the participants familiarize themselves with the most important project management methods and instruments. The following topics are at the core of the workshop:

  • Basics of project management: From design to completion of a project
  • It is all about direction: Setting objectives for my projects
  • How to handle the unforeseen: Strategies for dealing with difficulties
  • Projects in the higher education sector: What are the idiosyncrasies of academia?
  • Strengthen your strengths! How can I exploit the strengths of my project?
  • Stakeholder analysis: Where do I find support for my project?
  • Project management: My next steps

Teacher: Dr. Simon Golin  from Golin Wissenschafts Management

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.

Graduate students who participate in both days will be credited 1.6 ECTS 

Course director 
Associate professor Nanna MacAulay, Department of Neuroscience. Email address:

2018: January 10th + 18th
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2017: Faculty Club, The Panum building