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Join in, because neuroscience doesn't just take place in the head.

School lab, School class visits, Internship or school paper

Brain research and psychology, that’s everyday life between high-tech and self-designed apparatus, interesting work and laboratory routines, close teamwork and the potential of individuals.

If you are a pupil or teacher and would like to get your own impression of careers in neuroscience, we cordially invite you to join us.

Here you will find all the information about possible offers from the SFB 1280 and the partner organisations. If you find something that interests you, you can contact us here >>. We look forward to your visit!

Experiment, understand and then best stay with it

In the SFB 1280's laboratory course for pupils, neuroscience becomes a living fascination

“Cognitive neuroscience – or the puzzling case of who knew too much!” is the title of the SFB 1280’s invitation to the Alfried Krupp School Laboratory at the Ruhr-Universität. School classes from secondary level II upwards can find out what thinking looks like in the EEG and what the measurements show about a person’s thoughts in exciting experiments. Registration is open, courses should be possible again from mid-February. Corona updates are best read directly on the website of the school lab >>

The Alfried Krupp School Lab invites you to take a look around at its wide range of activities at any time. Initiated back in 2001 by Roland Fischer together with Onur Güntürkün, spokesperson of SFB 1280, the lab now offers over 80 courses in the natural sciences and humanities. The perfect destination for a practical day out.

And what did you do at school today?

School classes are always welcome,

to get to know and try out the breadth of neuroscientific research methods. In project days, you can get to know university life as well as our department. Pupils get an insight into what it’s like to work as a scientist and get a first idea of what’s in store for them during their studies. Even if graduation is still a long way off, the SFB 1280 working groups would be happy to welcome pupils and their teachers for an excursion. The coordinator of the SFB 1280 is happy to receive your enquiry, preferably already with details of which areas your class might be interested in. We offer you our broad repertoire in order to jointly find a programme variant that fits your visit perfectly.

Looking for an internship?

  • In the SFB 1280 there is room for a day internship: not only at one of the very different workplaces of the scientists, but also in the laboratory, in accounting, in public relations, in programming… – just talk to the coordinator >> about what might fit best.
  • The internship at the SFB 1280’s scientific neighbour, the SFB 874 >> “Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes”, which is also neuroscientific, is definitely recommended. Their offer for students is impressive. The potpourri includes an exclusive internship schedule with stations in state-of-the-art labs to programmes for entire groups of visitors, writing and painting competitions. You will be amazed at all there is to learn in just a few hours or weeks. Wherever possible, the two SFBs naturally work together or complement each other’s programmes.
  • You can get to know the work in a researching university hospital at Essen University Hospital. The university hospital in Essen offers internships >> lasting several weeks in various areas of the hospital.
  • Under the motto “Studieren Probieren” >> the RUB offers its own all-round programme for sixth form students who want to get a taste of university life without any obligation.
A day in science management
From the "Painting and Crafting Course" of the Summer Campus.

Offers for teachers

  • The Blue Brain Club and Little Mr Tie >> from the Hertie Foundation. The Hertie Foundation, as the largest private sponsor of brain research, has developed two great offers to mix up lessons from primary school to grade 10. Free of charge, of course, and very well advised.
  • Every summer, the RUB faculties invite you to get to know them in three turbulent days. At the Summer Campus >> there are plenty of workshops and lectures to try out your skills and interests. The neuroscience offers, with e.g. the “painting and handicrafts course” or the exercise “How does stress affect the brain”, are always a real hit.
  • Looking for a topic for a biology or psychology thesis? With the SFB 1280 or SFB 874 >> you can jointly consider which of the subprojects is the most exciting environment for your ideas. – By the way: The RUB library >> helps in parallel beyond the literature search with the question of how to approach such a thesis. And particularly good papers also have a chance of winning the Dr. Hans Riegel subject prize! >>