Individual Training Plan

Requirements for the Individual Training Plan

In the three years, each PhD student is required to attend all the Basic courses, which are compulsory (N of the Basic courses = 9), and to attend at least 16 hours of lessons in the Advanced courses (N of Advanced courses = 9).

Every PhD student is expected to attend the Journal Clubs (and to present at least 1 article per year), the seminars organized at the PNC (Padova Neuroscience Center), and to complete a written and oral Progress Report at the end of each year.

Objectives of the Individual Training Plan

The courses are conceived to provide, in addition to the theoretical background, the skills to use the concepts/tools in the research project of the PhD students and should also be considered as an opportunity to explore areas that are not directly related to the PhD student’s background or research project.

The teaching program is intended to increase:

  • the PhD student’s independence and autonomy to use the tools and the skills for carrying our her/his research
  • the inter-disciplinarity of the PhD student’s research (which is critical in our Neuroscience program)
  • the ability to disseminate her/his research
  • the ability to understand and critically discuss the research from other neuroscience sub-fields
  • the ability to write an article in scientific journals

Training Plan

The teaching program is composed of Basic courses and Advanced courses.

The Basic courses are compulsory (minimum: 70% of attendance). Each PhD student is expected to choose among the advanced courses (minimum number of hours for advanced courses: 16)

Each student is expected to attend Journal Clubs and PNC seminars (minimum: 70% of attendance).

Definition of course

The courses are formulated as a series of lessons focused on a specific topic and held (in most cases) by the same Professor. The hours of lessons for each course range between 8 to 24.

At the end of each year, the PhD students are evaluated by members of the teaching board. The evaluation takes the form of an interview and critical discussion on the acquired skills and their application on the PhD student’s research program.

Definition of seminar

The seminars are presentations (duration: at least 1 hour) held by experts in a particular field, characterized by an excellent track record and often coming from other universities and countries.

Training Plan activities

Compulsory course: The Basic courses are compulsory (minimum: 70% of attendance). The basic courses ensure:

  • to acquire the preliminary, necessary knowledge and skills to build and develop the PhD students’ research.
  • to acquire a common background of knowledge and skills that will be important for each student in order to relate with other researchers in the Neuroscience field. Please refer to the Syllabus for the full list of courses.

Sectorial / specific course: Each student has to choose among the advanced courses (minimum number of hours for advanced courses: 16). The advanced courses are highly specific and in many cases involve the acquisition of a technique that will be then used by the student to carry out her/his research.Please refer to the Syllabus for the full list of courses.

Soft skills courses: The PhD students are asked to attend two lessons on soft skills, focused on:

  • Presentation skills and public outreach
  • How to write scientific papers

The students are also invited and encouraged to attend the “PhD Educational week on Transferable skills” organized by the University of Padova.

Seminars: Each student is required to attend PNC seminars (minimum: 70% of attendance).

Group activities: Each student is required to attend Journal clubs (minimum: 70% of attendance), which are self-organized and consist of the presentation and in-group discussion of a relevant paper in the neuroscience field.

Schools: The students are allowed and encouraged to attend courses from Schools organized by international recognized academic institutions or research centers and the number of hours assigned will be commensurate to the work carried out at the School.

Other training activities: The students are strongly encouraged to attend courses from other PhD programs, or other Universities. Importantly, all the students are strongly encouraged to spend a period abroad (minimum: 3 months, maximum: 18 month).

Participation to conferences: The students are highly encouraged to attend Summer/Winter/Spring schools as well as national and international conferences, workshops and symposia in the field of Neuroscience.

Other: Training activity on specific neuroscience techniques: The PhD program offers training courses and activities specifically focused on learning of practical issues of neuroscience techniques (e.g., hd-EEG; TMS).

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