Paris Neuroscience Spring School

External Event - 5th to 19th May 2020

Optical Imaging and Electrophysiological Recording in Neuroscience 

A 13-day residential course of lectures, demonstrations and practical work (5-9 May 2020 inclusive)

Lectures and practicals 

Lectures and practicals held at the Université Paris Descartes, 45 Rue des Saints Peres, 75006 Paris, France. Three days of demonstrations and lab visits are run at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Brain and Spine Institute (ICM) and Pasteur Institute. World-expert lecturers and instructors come from Paris, France, Europe, the world.


The course fee will be 1500 Euros per student, with a reduced fee of 1100 Euros for students who do not require accommodation. Special arrangements exist for attending lectures only and for students from contributing institutions

Hands on

The course offers intensive practical sessions over six days, with dedicated instructors and setups assembled with the latest equipment. Students choose 3 techniques from: patch-clamping in slices, field recordings, calcium imaging, voltage-senstive dyes, Neuropixel, photolysis, optical bench and analogue and digital electronics.

Board and lodging

Accomodation in a student residence is available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the course (except on the middle Sunday). All students and lecturers are invited to the welcome and farewell banquets.


There are numerous demonstrations of advanced techniques, including: confocal microscopy, high-speed two-photon imaging, in vivo imaging, in vivo patch-clamp recording, TIRF imaging, super-resolution imaging, extracellular recording in vivo, viral transfection methods, wavefront engineering.

Parisian research social 

Make the most of your stay in Paris to learn about its extensive research community and meet with local scientists to explore opportunities for collaboration, post-docs and careers. A social evening will be organised to connect interested students and researchers.

Application deadline January 20th 2020

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