Our two venues for on-site courses
Our on-site courses currently take place in two venues with state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructures. The courses are held in teaching laboratories, which have been recently built and are strategically located within the research campus.
Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France
The Bordeaux School of Neuroscience is part of Bordeaux Neurocampus, the Neuroscience Department of the University of Bordeaux. Christophe Mulle, its current director, founded it in 2015. Throughout the year, renowned scientists, promising young researchers and many students from any geographical horizon come to the School.
The school works on this principle: training in neuroscience research through experimental practice, within the framework of a real research laboratory.
Their dedicated laboratory (500m2), available for about 20 trainees, is equipped with a wet lab, an in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology room, IT facilities, a standard cellular imaging room, an animal facility equipped for behavior studies and surgery and catering/meeting spaces. They also have access to high-level core facilities within the University of Bordeaux. They offer their services to international training teams who wish to organize courses in all fields of neuroscience thanks to a dedicated staff for the full logistics (travels, accommodation, on-site catering, social events) and administration and 2 scientific managers in support of the experimentation.
Different kind of accommodation can be proposed to the participants: individual charming house/room or luxury hotel in the city centre for course directors and key-note speakers and apartment/studio with kitchenette for instructors and students who are usually hosted in the same hotel in order to boost their interactions.
Bordeaux has become over the last number of years one of the French cities of major interest and the destination of numerous tourists. It has been recognized as world heritage by UNESCO since 2007 because of its exceptional urban complex. The attractiveness of Bordeaux is also due to its renowned vineyards and prestigious wines, as well as the proximity to the ocean beaches and the several amazing coastal towns. The social events within the courses are usually organized to the Arcachon Bay and its beaches or to the historical towns near Bordeaux, surrounded by vineyards like Saint Emilion.
How to get there
Bordeaux Neurocampus is on the campus Carreire of the University, close to the CHU Pellegrin (University Hospital).
The closest entrance to get to the Centre Génomique Fonctionnelle that hosts the BSN premises, is 38 rue Albert Marquet.
Tram A (stop: Saint-Augustin or François Mitterrand)
Bus 24, 41 (stop: Campus Carreire)
Bus 8, 11, 41 (stop: Bordeaux Carreire)
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
The Champalimaud Foundation is a private, non-profit organization, established in 2005 and dedicated to research excellence in biomedical science. Completed in 2010, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art centre that houses the Champalimaud Clinical Centre and the Champalimaud Research, with its three parallel programs – the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, the Physiology and Cancer Programme, and the Experimental Clinical Research Programme.
Initially focused on a system and circuit approach to brain function and behavior, the Centre expanded to incorporate molecular and cell biological expertise. The Centre comprises 26 research groups (circa 400 researchers) leading independent curiosity-based research.
The Centre provides Facilities dedicated for Training, some in their entirety, for use by the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme. These include the Teaching Laboratory, a fully equipped open lab space for 20-30 students that can be dynamically reconfigured to support a full range of neuroscience courses. It also overlooks, via floor to ceiling windows, a tropical garden and the river. The experimental spaces include: Imaging Lab: A dark-room containing a full size optical table is used for advanced imaging setups (two-photon microscopy, SPIM, etc.) and custom (course-designed) optical systems.
How to get there
The Champalimaud Centre is located in Alges, a small town near Lisbon, which can be reached by:
Train (10 min + 10 min walk): Take the train (direction Cascais) from Cais do Sodré station (Metro: “Cais do Sodré” green line). Exit in Algés. When exiting Algés train station, go down and then to your right towards the river.
Tram (30 min + 10 min walk): Take the 15 tram from Praça da Figueira. Exit in Largo da Princesa. Cross the bridge to the other side of the train tracks (on the same side of “Vela Latina” Restaurant) and walk to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (river will be on your left).
Taxi: A táxi ride from downtown Lisbon should cost between 5-10 €. Tell the driver to take you to the Centro Champalimaud, em Belém, at Av. Brasília, Doca de Pedrouços.
Note: A shuttle bus is provided to take all course participants to and from the hotel to CCU.
All Course participants are usually lodged in the same hotel. This promotes interaction and allows for social moments outside the CCU. A daily shuttle will be provided for students and faculty to attend the courses. The hotel has a restaurant. Meals are, however, provided in the course venue. Each room has a private bathroom and is equipped with free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, a flat screen TV and a work desk. Students will share a room in groups of two. Breakfast is included in the accommodation.
Located within the main building of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is the interior tropical garden which is open to the public, and offers a beautiful view from the research floor. The garden is covered by a glass pergola, it creates an ideal microclimate for the development of plants from Brazil, Africa, India, Timor, and the Far East. The Institute is located in Algés, near Belém, where historical monuments, nice gardens, and the delicious pastry can be found within walking or cycling distance.
Take a look at our course programme