The Summer Program is designed to encourage and further the education of young neuroscientists and emerging researchers as they enter the international neuroscience community. This year, the theme of the summer school lecture series will be on the topic of Learning and Imagination. Specifically, we will address questions such as whether it is possible for one to learn based on no overt behavioral activity but mental imagery alone, and how dreams may facilitate learning and the organization of memory. We will also address how the relevant brain mechanisms for imagery, learning, and memory replay may be compromised under different mental disorders.

About the program:

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a 2 month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN CBS laboratory or an intensive 5 days lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course. The course consists of an intensive 5 days lecture series featuring distinguished international faculty and poster sessions to be put on by the program participants. These two components are equally important for the students to deepen their insight and enhance their expertise in neuroscience. While the lectures serve to introduce them to cutting-edge research being carried out throughout the world, the student poster session allows them to experience the work of their colleagues and share their own research. We encourage the students to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered by this program to broaden the horizons of their research.

Attendees come from wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

All accepted students must be able to travel to Tokyo. Students from areas where travel is likely to remain restricted into next Summer can apply and should also appreciate that they may be unable to take part.

For students who enter the country for on-site participation, RIKEN CBS will provide funding for travel and accommodation if they do not have existing financial support.

Further details regarding the intership (Plan A) and lecture (Plan B) courses can be found on the dedicated RIKEN CBS Summer Program website.

Application deadline:
January 31, 2023

Summer Program website:

Dates and location:

July 03-07 2023

RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan

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