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SMARTSTART 1 students will widen their academic horizon by exploring the full breadth of Computational Neuroscience research opportunities. During the one-year program, the students are encouraged to complement their studies by attending additional lectures and courses that are offered by any of the participating institutions, tailored to their individual needs. An experienced faculty mentor will advise and guide the students in the selection of these courses.

Training visits

SMARTSTART 1 students will be offered the possibility to carry out training visits (e.g. lab rotations, block courses, summer schools) at participating institutions. Students will receive financial support for accomodation and travel.

Kick-off Meeting

The annual kick-off meeting is held in association with the Bernstein Conference, giving SMARTSTART students the opportunity to attend the largest annual Computational Neuroscience conference in Europe. This year's kick-off meeting takes place from Sept 11-12, 2017, in Göttingen.

During the kick-off meeting you will meet fellow students, program coordinators and faculty  members. The program is complemented by a scientific writing workshop to prepare the participants for publishing their research.

At the subsequent Bernstein Conference participants have the opportunity to meet members of the Core Faculty and the Bernstein Association as well as alumni of the SMARTSTART program. There will be ample space for informal discussions facilitating the establishment of a professional network.

Student Retreat

Towards the end of the one-year SMARTSTART program, the students come together for a weekend to present and discuss the results of their projects, as well as to engage in informal discussion and joint extra-curricular activities. This event is organized by the SMARTSTART students themselves with support from the coordination office.

Smart Start 1 Students 2016/2017

Jan Bölts

Humboldt University Berlin

Richard Gast

University of Osnabrück

Xu He

Jacobs University Bremen

Julian Hinz

University of Tübingen

Bo Hu

University of Heidelberg

Alona Kharchenko

Technical University of Munich

Ann-Kathrin Kießner

University of Freiburg

Pranav Mamidanna

KT Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Virginia Palieri

LMU Munich

Arne Pelzer

University of Oldenburg

Simon Renner

University of Bremen

Maik Schünemann

University of Bremen

Alex Schwarz

Technical University of Chemnitz

Karolina Stosio

Technical University of Berlin