Education
preparing for the future
Fundação Champalimaud

EDUCATION

Educating future scientists

Since the beginning, the CR has regarded educating future scientists as one of its main objectives. To this end, the CR has been dedicating considerable efforts to the development and implementation of outstanding educational programmes, advanced courses and workshops.

INDP

International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme

A world class PhD programme

The INDP aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience, with a focus on the neuronal and circuit basis of behavior, at an international level. The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.

A main goal of the programme is to foster and encourage active participation, independence and critical thinking on the part of the students. During the first year of this 4-year programme, students attend courses that cover basic topics in contemporary neuroscience. The courses have a strong practical component, which includes a variety of experimental preparations. During this year, students also perform lab rotations, which allow them to familiarise themselves with the research done in the different labs and help them with selecting the lab where they will conduct their doctoral research during the next three years.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Previous research experience is also desirable but not required. Applicants should have a Masters degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree.   The INDP is associated to the Champalimaud Research, comprising fifteen research groups in neuroscience with a focus on the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and behaviour. Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform summer rotations in CR laboratories. Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include molecular & cellular biology, ecology & evolution, neurophysiology & neuroanatomy, learning & development, sensory & motor systems, and computational & cognitive neuroscience, and all courses have a practical component comprising exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory.

The overall format emphasizes participation, team-work and informal interaction in both classroom and laboratory.   The INDP is supported by funding from the Champalimaud Foundation and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT). Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis work will be ensured for successful applicants of all nationalities for a period of 4 years.

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Centro de Investigação de Materiais (CENIMAT) and the Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Psicologicas, Sociais e da Vida (ISPA), participate in the INDP offering courses available for students at different stages during their PhD. Degrees are granted through associations with the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB) from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), and the Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida (ISPA).

To know more about the INDP, please follow this link.

International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP)

Courses

CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP)

The CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training programme consists of 4 yearly courses, 2 held at Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon and 2 in Bordeaux Neurocampus. These two institutes were chosen to be the first centres in Europe that will host recurring neuroscience training courses, following a model that has been successfully running in the US for decades.

For more information about the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme, follow this link.

ORI

Champalimaud Research Internship programme

Champalimaud Research (CR) started with the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP), created in 2007, as a basic research team with the broad aim of understanding brain function through integrative biological approaches. Currently, the Neuroscience team is composed of 15 main research groups, plus research associates and adjunct investigators, who study diverse topics in neuroscience using advanced, cutting edge techniques. Research groups apply advanced molecular, physiological and imaging tools to elucidate the function of neural circuits and systems in animal models that include Drosophila, mouse, rat and zebrafish.

In 2014, the Champalimaud Foundation established the Programme on Biology of Systems and Metastasis (BSM) on an organismic approach to investigate the biology of cancer and metastasis. Understanding how cancer cells initiate, escape the host’s defence mechanisms, grow and metastasise, will depend on more than just understanding the biology of cancer cells. It will also depend on understanding how cancer cells interact with various host systems, including the vascular, immune, lymphatic and endocrine systems, and how these interactions change over time as the organism ages. The BSM team currently comprises 4 main research groups.

Champalimaud Research accepts internship applications throughout the year, via a designated form. Applicants choose up to 5 labs to apply to and, if accepted for an internship, will design their own project with the PI. For further information, please contact the Office of Research Internships, through the email ori@research.fchampalimaud.org.

ORI

Outreach

Ar|Respire Connosco Events

Ar

Ar (Air in Portuguese) was one of our first steps taken in science communication, organized by a group of students and researchers from the Champalimaud Research.

Ar aims to create ‘A world moved by critical and creative thinking’. To achieve this, and drawing on the enthusiasm of our researchers and students, a series of science communication events combining world-renowned speakers, interactive multimedia and audience participation has been created.

Ar events explore fundamental scientific themes by intertwining work from leading thinkers: local and international, scientific and cultural.

The inaugural event, ‘Engineering the Mind’, happened in October 2011 and since then, 30 more events have taken place at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Each event showcases speakers ranging from scientists, artists, chefs, group facilitators, cyborgs, alternative community leaders, storytellers, teachers and others. They engage the public to think, interact and debate their ideas. Presentations are entertaining and dynamic and include cutting edge interactive games and open discussion. The events already draw more than 10.000 people to the CCU and have been enthusiastically received by the audience and media alike. To explore, learn, be provoked and inspired, click here.

Outreach

ar magazine

ar magazine was conceived by a group of neuroscience students and researchers from the Champalimaud Research.

Driven by our passion about science and science communication, we created a platform for researchers from our institute and worldwide to express themselves. Our articles cover everything science – from interviews with researchers, recent discoveries, to the interplay of science and society. A group of editors from our institute, both researchers and from the science communication office, curate the magazine.

Join us with your questions and we promise to provide you with plenty more.

Ar Magazine

Outreach

School Visits to the CCU

International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP)

I. Schools

Registrations are now closed for school visits to the CCU for the school year of 2018/2019.

Tell me about the visits to the CCU

  • Happen almost every month during the school year;

  • The day of the visit is pre-defined by the organising team (always on a Tuesday morning);

  • Visits start at 10 a.m, with a duration of ~2h30min;

  • Throughout the visit, you will learn about the Champalimaud Foundation and its operational areas, namely about the scientific research areas and the daily-life of a scientist, by engaging in open discussions with members of the Champalimaud Research. In addition, there will also be the opportunity of visiting some of the scientific working places.

What is the criteria to participate in the CCU visits?

We would like to reach out to more schools, namely to schools that have not visited the CCU before. Hence, and considering the fast growing interest from schools to visit the research center in addition to the limitations inherent to being a oncology treatment clinic, we, unfortunately, have to do a selection of the schools that get to visit us each year, as it is impossible to receive them all. This selection takes into consideration a set of factors:

  • Up to 50 students + teachers per visit

  • Priority will be given to high school students (10th, 11th and 12th grades)

  • Priority will be given to schools that have NOT visited the CCU before

  • Motivation to visit the CCU

  • Geographic location (we will attempt to bring students from all regions of Portugal)

Every year in the beginning of September we open the registration for the school visits. The selected schools that will get to visit us that year are announced in this web page in the end of September / beginning of October. After the registration is closed we will not accept any more school requests for visits that school year.

II. Independent / Small Groups

Would you like to do a scientific visit to the CCU?

Do you have a particular interest related to a CNP research topic/laboratory?

Send us an e-mail explaining your interests and you will receive a reply with information about the availability and programme of the visit.

Contact email: education@research.fchampalimaud.org