Period (from – till): during whole year, 19 november 2018 - 30 november 2019 (parttime)
dr. G.M.J. Ramakers
dr. M de Krom
Elective course in the Master Neuroscience & Cognition. Capacity: 14 students (6 and 8)
Scientific results in the field of neuroscience are often disseminated as publications in a journal or presented during symposia. Writing and presenting of scientific data are skills that are trained during the internships and thus integral part of the Master’s educational program. This course goes one step further and aims to educate students in the organization of symposia and/or the publishing and reviewing process of scientific papers. This is not only useful for those aspiring a scientific career where eventually (usually as senior scientist) they are expected to be able to perform these tasks, but also for students who are interested in a future as professional conference organizer or in the scientific publishing business.
Description of the course
At the start of the course, students indicate which track they would like to pursue, i.e. conference organization or scientific publishing. For the conference organization track 8 positions are available and for the scientific publishing track 6.
The conference organization track organizes an annual two-day symposium meant for fellow Master students. Students who choose this track are guided by an experienced tutor (Mariken de Krom) through the entire process of putting together a challenging scientific program, inviting speakers, organizing a poster session, seeking sponsors, managing organizational aspects (registration, travel and accommodation for speakers, reserving a hall, slide presentations etc), pr via the website (www.mindthebrain.org) and keeping a budget. At the end, each student writes an evaluation that contains: a detailed description of the student’s task within the track, a SWOT analysis of the task and a time investment report, that is sufficiently clear for outsiders to help them to run a similar symposium in the future.
Students of the other track serve as editorial board of a scientific journal featuring contributions from their fellow students, during one year (two issues). They are guided by an experienced tutor (Pierre de Graan) through the process of soliciting scientific contributions, finding independent external reviewers, carrying out editorial reviews and news and views themselves, assembling the referee reports and send them with a cover letter to the authors, judging the rebuttal and revised manuscripts, determine the lay-out of the manuscripts, send the print proofs to the authors for a final check, finalize the issue, find sponsors, pr via the website (http://journal.neuroscience-cognition.org), negotiate with the printer and distribute the journal among their fellow students. At the end, each student writes an evaluation that contains: a detailed description of the task of the student within the track, a SWOT analysis of the task and a time investment report, that is sufficiently clear for a new editorial board to edit the next issue.
In addition to these practical parts of the course, the course also encompasses two round-table discussions (one with a representative from a professional conference organizer, the other with an editor from a scientific publisher), in which the students actively participate.
At the start of the course students receive information about the issues (e.g. independence, dedication, effectiveness etc) on which their performance will be judged. They receive feedback on their performance from the tutor twice during the course, once halfway the process, and once at the end (also based on the written report).
Literature/study material used
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Mandatory for students in Master’s programme
During introduction meeting master N&C
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme