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.

Technical Workshops

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

If you want to register for the upcoming workshops, please send an email to

Advanced MRI Methods

Practical Sessions

Workshop: “Software and tools to infer brain-behaviour correlations based on structural MRI data”

Date: 3 November 2022  I  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Nico Lehmann

Location: PC pool in OvGU building 40 D – Room 08

Workshop: “Perivascular Spaces Segmentation (PVS)”

Date: 28 October 2022  I  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jose Bernal Moyano 

Location: IBIO – Seminar room: 001 

Theoretical Sessions

Date: 04 October 2022

12:00 – 13:00Introduction to MRIOliver Speck
13:00 – 14:00 fMRI and PETAnne Maass
14:15 – 15:15 Structural MRIMarco Taubert 
15:15 – 16:15 Vascular MRI Stefanie Schreiber

Foundations of Bayesian Inference

Date: 05-07 October 2022 – Dirk Ostwald

(0) Introduction  
(1) Foundations
(2) Conjugate inference
(3) Numerical inference
(4) Variational inference

State-of-the-art – EEG/MEG Analysis Workshop

Date: 13-17 June 2022

Introduction to FieldTrip, EEGlab – Preprocessing I Max Stenner, Christian Merkel, Korka
Preprocessing II & IIIMax Stenner, Christian Merkel
 Spectral analysisStefan Dürschmid
 SSVEP Christian Merkel
StatisticsMax Stenner
 Source analysisMax Hopf
 Multivariate analysesRadoslaw Martin Cichy, Reichert
 Connectivity analysesStefan Dürschmid
 Visit to MEG labsNönnig, Knape
 What to keep in mind when designing EEG/MEG research Mandy Bartsch


Neuro-image Modelling Workshop

Date: 21-24 March 2022

21-22 March 2022Introduction to fMRI Analysis (GLM)Dirk Ostwald
23-24 March 2022Basics on Predictive ModellingGabriel Ziegler

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.

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 Neuroscience Summer School

The PhD candidates of the Integrated Research Training Group 1436 were thrilled to host their first summer school from August 22 – 24, 2022! In August it was an exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge in neuroscience in the micro, meso and macro level! The event was geared to neuroscience students with a diverse background. We offered talks from experts, fun social activities, soft skill workshops and the opportunity to network with fellow researchers.

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 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.