Training objectives

The strategic objectives of the ENC joint PhD programme are to provide research-training by

  • focusing on a basic understanding of brain disease mechanisms;
  • developing the knowledge base, tools and resources needed to decipher the function  of genes and gene products, cellular processes and neuronal networks and relevant to human health;
  • establishing bilateral translational links between lab and clinic (and back).

Multidisciplinary approaches

These aims will be made possible by multidisciplinary approaches, as used within the existingand forthcoming (European) collaborations in International Training network (ITN)-like networks where MDs and PhDs work side-by-side. Thus, the training of young competent biomedical researchers, as well as MDs, in the Neuroscience field is crucial to maintain the competitiveness of the European community in Neuroscience-based research. Also, the success in these fields matters economically considering high added value of pharmaceutical products to treat cognitive and/or mood disorders, and the increasing demand for these products in health care. The new generation of neuroscientists should be capable of integrating information across different levels. Likewise, they should participate in integrative projects as a next step to characterize complex interplay between multiple genetic and environmental factors to reveal how this translates into brain function and/or disease.

Linking Higher Education Institutes

Doctoral education is a major priority for European Universities and should be further synergized amongst different countries. The ENC Network wants to contribute to this goal. It aims at establishing closer links between the European Higher Education Institutes in the field of Neurociences in an endurable network. This objective will be translated into action by means of organizing joint doctoral programmes and research careers. The ENC joint PhD programme is designed for PhD training and generating opportunities for early stage investigators in the field of Neurosciences. In doing so the ENC Network in the long run will also provide a solid basis for successful European post doctoral exchanges.


To this end, five home institutes with a long and established track record in PhD training in the field of molecular, cellular and integrative Neurosciences have already started to set up a so-called European Neuroscience Campus Network (ENC Network). We have launched this website ( that is due to be be extended once the Eramus Mundus is awarded. Building the ENC Network for endurable collaboration in a European setting was a logical step, since the ENC partner-institutes have already a successful track record of training young group leaders in the Network of European Neuroscience Institutes, ENI Net. As such, ENI-Net may be regarded as the “stepping stone” to the ENC Network.

The key training objectives of the ENC Network are to offer

  1. scientific training with innovative and multidisciplinary brain research methodology (task Academic Partners);
  2. advanced technology courses (task Academic Partners);
  3. training through original research aimed at the translation from bedside-to-bench and from bench-to-bedside (task PhD supervisors);
  4. academic skills training (task of associate partners);
  5. training in Technology Transfer methods (task of associate partners).
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  • Introduction movie

  • PhD projects ENC-Network cycle 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  • Erasmus Mundus

    For more information about the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission > Erasmus Mundus

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