Funding for lecture series/ workshops

The ZNZ offers PhD students the opportunity to organizing a lecture series or a workshop with international experts on their research topic of interest. Apply for funding today!

During the PhD Retreat 2016, a new format was introduced in which PhD students prepared topics relevant to their daily research and worked in small groups with other students to discuss these questions:

  • Large scale simulations of neural circuits – why bother?
  • Research in psychiatry: from bench to bedside?
  • How to deal with the amount of published neuroscience data?
  • The future of biomedical imaging in neuroscience
  • How can we improve behavioral data reproducibility?
  • Why is there no cure for most neurodegenerative diseases?

First answers/solutions were worked out and are available. See ZNZ News June 2016. To gain more in-depth insights, it is now possible to organize a lecture series or a workshop with invited international experts in the field.

Interested doctoral students are invited to form small organizing committees and apply for funding to set up a lecture series/workshop with one of the above topics or possibly a new proposed theme of their interest. The goal is to find solutions or recommendations for current problems in neuroscience and summarize the outcome of the lectures/workshop in a small report or publication.

How does it work?

  • For a lecture series /workshop up to CHF 6000 are available for travel, hotel and other administrative expenses. Several workshops/lecture series can be funded.
  • Organizers will earn European Credit Transfer System points (ECTS)
  • The lectures or workshops are open to interested researchers, ECTS for participation is possible
  • ZNZ office can give some administrative support
  • At the latest one year after the approval of the application the final report should be available and/or a small publication be submitted

What you need to do

  • Interested students can file a short application of max. 1 page containing the following:
  • Names of the organizers (3-4 doctoral students)
  • Topic of the lecture series or workshop
  • Short sketch of the program and dates with the names of tentative speakers to be invited
  • List of possible journals for a small publication


Send your application to Wolfgang Knecht. Applications are accepted continuously.