IRTG Activities

The PhD program includes seminars and courses on cognitive research. Each semester, IRTG offers a wide range of lectures and workshops. The curriculum is complemented by external lectures, seminars and summer schools led by world-leading experts who come to Magdeburg to discuss the latest scientific trends.

Since theory is followed by practice, we organize technical workshops including experimental training, where the students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Our students also have the opportunity to take soft skills courses to advance their professional future – such as project management, professional presentations and conflict resolution.

IRTG Neuroscience Summer School
22. – 24. August 2022

Festung Mark, Magdeburg

The PhD candidates of the Integrated Research Training Group 1436 are thrilled to host their first summer school! Join us this August for an exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge in neuroscience in the micro, meso and macro level! The event is geared to neuroscience students with a diverse background. We are offering talks from experts, fun social activities, soft skill workshops and the opportunity to network with fellow researchers.

Register now here!

Registration is free of charge and will be open until 05.08.2022.

For more information check our flyer and the schedule.

Keynote Lectures:

  • How AD affects the brain from sub cellular to network level – lessons from animal experiments

Prof Dr Martin Fuhrmann – DZNE Bonn – Germany

  • „Inter-individual differences in stress susceptibility: what can we learn from animal models?“

Prof Dr Marloes Henckens – Donders Institute – Netherlands

  • „Negative results“

Dr Christian Schnell – Cell Press

  • „Adult neurogenesis across time“

Dr Chiara de Lucia – King’s College London – UK

  • „Memory and Attention“

Dr Nahid Zokaei – University of Oxford – UK

  • „Cognitive Reserve“

Dr Eider Arenaza Urquijo – Barcelona Beta Brain Research Center (BBRC) – Spain

Panel Discussions:

Growing up in science


Poster designDr Philipp Jordan

Open Data & BIDS Prof Dr Dirk Ostwald

Mental Health during PhD- Suzanne Jones

Designing skills for scientific papersDr Philipp Jordan

EntrepreneurshipDr Gerald Böhm

Time managementDr Anne Wolfes

IRTG Lecture Series

These lectures are mainly aimed at our PhD students and postdocs. They serve as an educational module for them to develop a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts of cognition and to connect the basic micro, meso and macro levels of the research area.

Students are highly encouraged to attend lectures on CRC 1436 relevant topics as concepts of cognition, cellular & molecular mechanisms of aging and super-aging, transferable enhancement of cognitive functions, systemic imaging technologies on brain aging, sleep deprivation, vascular reserve, and cognitive adaptations to acquire a common basic knowledge and learn state-of-the-art methods and techniques. Our young researchers are also regularly informed about the lectures of other graduate programs.

Constanze SeidenbecherLoosen the corset – brain ECM dynamics and cognitive flexibility04.11.2021
Thomas WolbersSpatial Cognition – a unique window into mechanisms of ageing and dementia18.11.2021
Gabriel ZieglerCognitive Reserve02.12.2021
Michael R. KreutzExcitation-transcription coupling: An unexplored neural resource20.01.2022
Stefanie SchreiberMechanisms and emerging concepts of vascular cognitive impairment03.02.2022
Anne AlbrechtNeuropeptides controlling emotion and cognition17.02.2022
Magdalena SauvageNeural resources for spatial, temporal and event memories03.03.2022
Marco TaubertTraining-induced plasticity in the human brain17.03.2022
Anne MaassEffects of Alzheimer’s Pathology on memory dysfunction in ageing31.03.2022
Alexander DityatevMolecular mechanisms of neuroplasticity14.04.2022

Technical Workshops

Practical trainings to acquire new methods and novel technologies are organized by CRC 1436 project leaders.

Neuro-image Modelling Workshop

Datum: 21-24 March 2022

– Introduction to fMRI Analysis (GLM) by Prof. Dirk Ostwald (21-22 March 2022)
– Basics on Predictive Modelling by Dr. Gabriel Ziegler (23-24 March 2022)

State of the art – EEG/MEG Analysis Workshop

Datum: 21-24 March 2022

Advanced MRI methods

Datum: 04 October 2022

Professionalism Courses

Professionalism training courses serve to acquire key competences in scientific management and soft skills, e. g. in scientific writing, grant application, good scientific practice, data management, oral presentation, conflict management, animal handling.

Additionally, transferable skills training courses are offered to students for various future career paths. These courses enable integration into a multidisciplinary and collaborative research field and successfully overcome the boundaries between academic and industrial paths.

IRTG Retreats

IRTG retreats take place annually outside of Magdeburg. We use this opportunity to review the current status of our educational activities and the research results of the students. The students of each project present and discuss their recent research outcomes, as well as technical challenges and possible collaborations.