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  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Founded in 2003 as an initiative of european neuroscience graduate schools Steering committee: Ulrich Dirnagl (Berlin) Denise Manahan-Vaughan (Bochum) Harry Steinbusch (Maastricht) Kiki Thermos (Thessaloniki) Adopted as an organisation within FENS in November 2005 NENS Committee elected by FENS COUNCIL: Chair: Denise Manahan-Vaughan (Bochum) Deolinda Lima (Oporto) Miklos Rethelyi (Budapest) Tomi Taira (Helsinki) Alessandro Treves (Trieste) FENS Secretary general, Asla Pitkänen FENS Treasurer, Alois Saria NENS Research assistant: Melanie Brüngel-Dittrich
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Federation of European Neuroscience Societies 27 European Neuroscience Societies 6 Monodisciplinary societies
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Federation of European Neuroscience Societies NENS PENS
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Federation of European Neuroscience Societies NENS -represents european schools and programmes that offer structured education in Neuroscience at Master‘s and PhD levels PENS
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Federation of European Neuroscience Societies NENS PENS -FENS/IBRO programme of european neuroscience schools -winter and summer schools as additional training for graduates
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Current Status -103 schools currently registered within NENS -ranging accross 23 european countries -19 of these countries are represented at the NENS general meeting today
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Current Status - all 103 schools are visible on the NENS website -information about programme structure -application procedures -focus of the programme etc..
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Current Status -information about programme structure -application procedures -focus of the programme etc..
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) -information about training courses/educational events
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) -information about training laboratories
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) NENS ONLINE DATABASE http://fens.mdc-berlin.de/nens or www.fens.org -school coordinator receives a password -you can conduct online updates of your school information -you can enter information online about your courses and educational events -direct links to your websites, your coordinators - increased international visibility for your graduate schools
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • increased international visibility for your graduate schools
    • fostering exchange of know-how
    • support of graduate education in neuroscience through improving mutual support
    • e.g access to course options in NENS schools; division of labour (reduction of workload per GS whilst expanding your educational spectrum)
    • mutual acknowledgement of curricular courses (Bologna)
        • -acquisition of credit points though attendance of external courses
        • (increased diversity of options for your graduate students)
    Advantages & Benefits of NENS -Networks
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • NENS Objectives:
    • Fostering of exchange and mutual support between graduate schools of neuroscience accross europe
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • NENS Objectives:
    • Fostering of exchange and mutual support between graduate schools of neuroscience accross europe
    • 2. Creating a Europe-wide reputation for excellence in postgraduate education
    • -Establishing basic curricula/minimal requirements for Master‘s and PhD degrees.
    • -Establishment of a quality assurance system for european PhD- and Master‘s degrees in Neuroscience
    • -Development of a european Master‘s degree and european PhD in Neuroscience (European Curriculum/ European Focus)
    • 3.
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • NENS Objectives:
    • Fostering of exchange and mutual support between graduate schools of neuroscience accross europe
    • 2. Creating a Europe-wide reputation for excellence in postgraduate education
    • -Establishing basic curricula/minimal requirements for Master‘s and PhD degrees.
    • -Establishment of a quality assurance system for european PhD- and Master‘s degrees in Neuroscience
    • -Development of a european Master‘s degree and european PhD in Neuroscience (European Curriculum/ European Focus)
    • 3. Exchange of experiences on recruitment issues
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Why Exchange and Mutual Support?
    • Most european neuroscience schools were established in recent years
    • Pool of accumulating expertise of established european neuroscience schools
      • Can be used to optimise current programmes
      • Can be used as frame of reference for upcoming programmes
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Why Exchange and Mutual Support?
    • Most european neuroscience schools were established in recent years
    • Pool of accumulating expertise of established european neuroscience schools
      • Can be used to optimise current programmes
      • Can be used as template for upcoming programmes
    • Educational agreements and mutual recognition of credit points
      • will facilitate exchange of students and know-how
      • will enable training to occur outside of local centres
      • Will improve open-access training and methods courses for european graduate students.
      • Will serve to generally improve the standards of european neuroscience education
  • Why Exchange and Mutual Support? 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Complementary Skills Training Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Formal Lectures Practical Courses Methods Courses Symposia / Seminars Journal Clubs Tutorials Education Modalities
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of Exchange and Mutual Support
    • Online database of training and courses available accross european neuroscience schools
    • Online information about credit point systems and allotment of CPs within the schools
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of Exchange and Mutual Support
    • Database of training and courses available accross european neuroscience schools
    • Information about credit point systems and allotment of CPs within the schools
    CP No. of Schools PhD 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10-30 30-50 50-70 100-120 160-180 300 No. of Schools CP MASTER 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 20 30 60 100 180 No. of Schools
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of Exchange and Mutual Support
    • Database of training and courses available accross european neuroscience schools
    • Information about credit point systems and allotment of CPs within the schools
    • NENS-mediated educational agreements and mutual recognition of credit points
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Creating a Europe-wide reputation for excellence in postgraduate education Establishing basic curricula/minimal requirements for Master‘s and PhD degrees What is the minimum knowledge acquirement at Master’s /PhD levels? -what do we expect our graduates to learn and understand? Training in methodological skills? Suggesting guidelines for schools in the setting-up phase? Creation of a european textbook to accompany graduate training?
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • more than 100 graduate schools of neuroscience in europe
    Establishment of a quality assurance system for european PhD- and Master‘s degrees in Neuroscience?
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • more than 100 graduate schools of neuroscience in europe
    Establishment of a quality assurance system for european PhD- and Master‘s degrees in Neuroscience?
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • more than 100 graduate schools of neuroscience in europe
    • Ranging from formalised structured curricula through research programmes without formalised training
    • Differing research perspectives, goals and methodologies
    • Enriched neuroscientific academic landscape that underpins qualitative neuroscience research in Europe
    • but nominal similarity versus diversity of goals confounds perception of europe as a forum of excellence for neuroscience training
    Establishment of a quality assurance system for european PhD- and Master‘s degrees in Neuroscience?
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of Quality Assurance
    • Agreement europe-wide, on compulsory features of a neuroscience degree curriculum (whilst retaining diversity and range of programmes)
    • Peer-reviews of individual graduate schools
    • Attainment of a NENS seal of quality
    • Eligibility for NENS-funding
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Development of a european Master‘s degree and european PhD in Neuroscience
    • Why European Degrees?
    • European Curriculum/ European Focus
    • Higher international recognition and perception
    • Raises attractivity to non-europeans (subsequent marketability of locally acquired degree)
    • Increases competitiveness of lesser known universities and graduate schools
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of European Degrees
    • Agreement on curricular structures
    • European neuroscience certificates (NENS?)
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Recruitment Issues
    • Quality of student applications
    • Distribution world-wide
    • Selection of graduate students
    • International competition &competitiveness
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Implementation of Recruitment Issues
    • Database of University rankings
    • Advice as to effective recruitment strategies
    • Database as to equivalence of primary degree certificates from universities worldwide
    • Exchange of information as to successful/ unsuccessful candidates
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Work in Progress
    • Improvements of NENS website (registration, maintenance of your schools details, course database)
    • Generation of a european database on neuroscience graduate programmes
    • Generation of a template (frame of reference) for european PhD and Master‘s degrees
    • Submission of a funding application within FP7
  • Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
    • Through NENS‘ activities we anticipate:
        •  the promotion of European higher education area in the field of
        • Neuroscience
        •  setting of quality standards in neuroscience programmes
        •  encouragement and support of mobility among students and teachers
        •  increasing choices and opportunities for students (and teachers)
        •  improving the cooperation among current and future European scientists
        •  generating new and significant knowledge in the field
        • laying the basis for obtaining funding within local and EU programmes