BIGS Neuroscience Student Symposium 2016


We’re pleased to announce the 2016 BIGS Neuroscience Student Symposium!


Dates: 13th – 14th October 2016
Venue: Von-Gevore-Weg 10, 57368 Lennestadt


This symposium will be a great day for students to get feedback on their research, discover more about the different projects going on in Bonn and spark fiery scientific debates with other PhD students.

Alongside three keynote speakers, there will be posters and presentations (capped to 30 minutes) – and NEW this year, poster-presenting students participate in a “lightning” presentation contest.

For these lightning talks, presenters are strictly limited to a 5 minute time window and get judged on clarity, originality, creativity and conciseness in explaining their research and theory in basic terminology.

Both long-talks and short-talks will receive a prize – Compete for scientific creativity!

Detailed program


TRAVEL GRANTS 2016 – IPID4all Round 2



For the 2nd time in 2016, BIGS Neuroscience is really pleased to be able to support BIGS students with travel grants for attendance at high impact conferences or at cutting edge method courses. Furthermore we will support research stays of BIGS Neuroscience students at other universities abroad. These stays can have a maximum duration of two months.

Applications have to be submitted to the Graduate School Office via email. Submission should be done via email as a single PDF file containing all the information and documents as mentioned below.

Travel costs as well as a daily allowance will be awarded according to the regulations of the DAAD.


Further down, you can read information on: eligibility, application procedure, requested documents.

What do I need to submit if I want to attend a high impact conference or a cutting edge method course?


  • Half-page paragraph describing what the applicant hopes to achieve by attending the conference or training course. This should cover how the conference or training course topic relates to your own work, and how you think attending the conference or course will benefit you in terms of scientific progress in your thesis and your career. It should be clear why the conference you selected is particularly appropriate compared to other meetings in the field.
  • Note that preference may be given to small conferences with active interaction of junior and senior scientists (Gordon Research Conferences, Cold Spring Harbor Courses, or similar meetings). Note also that you can apply to attend hands-on methods courses, not only scientific meetings. This of course does not preclude funding of other conferences.
  • Copy of the applicant’s abstract that would be submitted for the conference. If a travel grant is awarded, awardees have to submit proof of abstract submission for disbursement of travel funds. In the case of methods courses without the possibility of a presentation, the abstract requirement will be waived.
  • One-page letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor
  • Applicant’s one- to two-page CV, including education (note when applicant started PhD, honors/awards, and publications).


  • Member of BIGS Neuroscience at the time the conference is taking place
  • Applicant is the first author of an abstract to be presented for conference attendance OR applicant will attend the training course
  • Applicant is eligible to receive a travel grant a maximum of once during his/her membership in BIGS Neuroscience


What do I need to submit if I want to conduct a research stay abroad?


  • One to two page abstract of the PhD project within which the research stay is to be carried out.
  • Letter of motivation by the applicant. This should make clear at which stage the PhD project currently is. It should also make clear in which ways the research stay will benefit the PhD project and the candidate.
  • A letter of support by the thesis supervisor
  • The applicant’s one to two page CV including education (note when applicant started PhD, honors/awards and publications)

Following the research stay, PhD students are required to submit a brief report that will be used for evaluation, and also to inform subsequently supported students.


  • Member of BIGS Neuroscience
  • Applicant is eligible to receive a research stay grant of maximum two months once during his/her membership in BIGS Neuroscience