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European Summer School in Sensory Neuroscience


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 Watch the school announcement by co-organizer Prof. Martin Rolfs

Four members of the Circle U. alliance (University of Pisa, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, UCLouvain, Aarhus University) are excited to announce the first European Summer School in Sensory Neuroscience (Master’s degree level) within the alliance.

Renowned specialists will guide a limited number of students (maximum 30) through the complexity of the human mind and brain, tackled through the study of sensation and perception.

The Summer School will use the Blended Intensive Program format, with a 5-days online component and a 5-days in-person component. 

The Summer School is fully funded, with no admittance fee, accommodation covered, and travel grants available.

Organizers (in alphabetical order)

  • Paola Binda - University of Pisa
  • Olivier Collignon - UCLouvain
  • Martin Rolfs - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Science of Intelligence
  • Morten Storm Overgaard - Aarhus University


In-person classes will primarily take place at “Conference Center Le Benedettine” (Universita’ di Pisa) with a series of lectures and activities aimed at overviewing some of the most intriguing and important advancements in current Sensory Neuroscience. These will include two site visits:

  • Imago7 (Ultra-high field Magnetic Resonance Facility) for a whole day of fMRI bootcamp and a first-hand experience of neuroimaging research.
  • Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca, for an opportunity to meet with IMT scientists and visit the research center.

The in-person program will be preceded by a week of on-line classes, aimed at providing the students with basic knowledge of the sensory systems and of the methods used to study them.

The teaching faculty includes (besides the organizers):

  • Maria Concetta Morrone (Universita’ di Pisa)
  • David C. Burr (Universita’ di Firenze)
  • Tommaso Pizzorusso (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
  • Ehud Zohary (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Guido Marco Cicchini (Neuroscience Institute of CNR, Pisa)
  • Stefania Mattioni (UCLouvain)
  • Emiliano Ricciardi (IMT Lucca)
  • Elisa Filevich (University of Tübingen)
  • Roberto Arrighi (Universita’ di Firenze)
  • Irene Sperandio (Universita’ di Trento)
  • Lisa M. Kroell (Humboldt-Universität of Berlin)
  • Monica Gori (IIT Genova)


Remote learning will focus on fundamental concepts of (multi)sensory-motor integration and on the main tools of the trade: neuroimaging, neurophysiology, psychophysics.
In-presence meetings will deliver specialistic lectures from leading scientists and hands-on laboratory experience - including a site visit to the ultra-high field Magnetic Resonance center Imago7.
Successful completion of the program will give students an overview of the current neuroscientific research in sensory and cognitive neuroscience.

Who can apply

Ideal candidates are enrolled in a Master’s level degree in the area of neuroscience or related fields.
Students must be fluent in English, as all activities will be in English.
Maximum attendance: 30 students.



Program Intensity



Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Evident interest in sensory or cognitive neuroscience
  • Fluency in English

Required documents

  • Identity Document (*PASSPORT in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • BA title with student's transcripts (BA exams and any exam taken in the MA)
  • Motivational statement (maximum 500 words) [Students may not upload recommendation letters. They may, however, indicate a reference person who could support their application in case the selection committee contacts them. Indication of a reference contact is not mandatory.]
  • Certification or self-assessment of fluency in English

All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required (See the "How to apply" page)




There is no tuition fee to be paid


Travel grants for EU students: please check with your University about the availability of Erasmus+ short-term mobility funds.

Travel grants for non EU students: We will provide a number of travel grants for students who are not eligible for Erasmus+ mobility allowances. The grants are provided by the Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence in Berlin. In order to apply for a travel grant, please indicate that you are applying for a travel grant and submit a detailed list of your expected costs in addition as part of your application. Note that all relevant receipts must be handed in before the summer school takes place. In the case of train travel we are only able to reimburse second class tickets, while flight tickets can be only reimbursed for economy class.

A limited amount of additional travel grants will be made available by the University of Pisa.


Online component: 24 - 28 July 2023

In-person component: 31 July - 5 August 2023

Application Deadline

15 June 2023


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Ultima modifica: Mer 31 Mag 2023 - 03:18

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