FAQs - Online NeuroCamp 2020

1) Where is NeuroCamp 2020 taking place and how much does it cost?


NeuroCamp 2020 will take place online! Hence you can join us from the comfort of your home. This also means that there are no travel and accommodation-related costs and participation would be absolutely free! Note however, that we do ask each participant for a deposit of 100 €, which will be returned to you after you have completed NeuroCamp. If, for whatever reason, you cannot attend the full camp or have deposit-related questions, please let us know and we will work on a solution (see Question 6).




2) Why is NeuroCamp 2020 taking place online?


NeuroCamp is organised by neuroscientists based in Munich and in the previous years, it also took place in Munich. However, we invite applications and participants from all around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unpredictable circumstances and travel restrictions taken by different governments, we decided to conduct NeuroCamp 2020 online. The advantage is that you can participate from wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. There is no need to travel or to worry about accomodation.




3) How does online NeuroCamp work exactly?


The format of online NeuroCamp will be as close as possible to the "normal" NeuroCamp. All sessions will take place online through a video platform, and the students will connect remotely, but otherwise not much changes. The first week, there will be morning lectures given by scientists from the Munich Universities and other research institutes, virtual lab tours, wrap-up sessions every day, and fun pop quizzes to bond as a team! The second week, Monday to Wednesday, you will work on a research project with 3-4 participants per group, supervised by a young neuroscientist. Thursday you will work with your teammates to make a presentation of your project to present to the other students on Friday.




4) What will a typical day look like at Neurocamp 2020?


As you can see in the timetable provided on our website, in the first week you will have two morning lectures each day about several topics in the field of neuroscience (about one hour each). After a lunch break, there will be another session, which will be either a lecture, a hands-on session or a soft skills workshop. We will end each day with a wrap-up session to summarize and reflect on the day, chat a bit, ask questions, and have a fun quiz to keep things exciting! There will be breaks in between all sessions as well, where you can interact with other students, get something to eat and drink, stretch your legs, … In the second week, you will work on a research project that you chose beforehand (see Question 5) for the first three days. For this research project you will be assigned to a Munich-based neuroscience researcher, who will be your tutor, together with 2-3 other students. You will learn about experiments, experimental design and you will generate your own results from these experiments and interpret them! Thursday you will then work with your teammates to prepare a presentation of your project to present to the other students on Friday.




5) When and how do I get to choose my project for Week 2?


One month before the start of NeuroCamp, there will be a kick-off event where six researchers will present you a virtual lab project that they offer. Afterwards, you can rank the projects and tell us your preferences (from most to least interesting). Based on your top 3 choices we will try to fairly distribute you to your preferred lab along with 2 or 3 other students. On week 2 of NeuroCamp you will then work together as a team with your tutor on this project. Of course we are more limited this year regarding the scope and topics of the projects, nonetheless we will still try to provide you with some practical neuroscience skills and experience. This may for example involve developing experiments, analysing data, etc.




6) Why do you need a deposit?


Since there are a lot of people volunteering their time and resources to make NeuroCamp happen - from the team, to the lecturers and tutors in the labs - we ask you to pay a deposit of 100 € as an insurance that you will attend NeuroCamp activities. The deposit will be refunded back to you after the completion of the camp. However, due to the pandemic, if you have any questions or problems regarding this point, contact us and we will be flexible and figure out a solution based on your individual case.




8) Will I get the chance to interact with the other students?


One of the cool things about NeuroCamp is meeting like-minded people of your age! Of course it will not be possible to socialize in real-life this year, so instead we planned for online social activities to make sure you still have plenty of time to interact and get to know the other students. For example, in the second week of the camp you will work in a team of 3-4 students for your lab project, and we will have wrap-up sessions each day allowing some discussion and reflection of what you heard and learned. Additionally, we will organize fun online social activities in the first week allowing you to get to know each other better on a personal level.




9) I feel like I don’t know enough about neuroscience. Should I really apply?


Absolutely! Neurocamp is a great learning opportunity if you’re interested in Neuroscience. Our aim is to teach you what neuroscience is and to show you what the job of a scientist looks like. If you’re motivated and keen to learn, that’s all you need!




10) What do I need to do to apply?


First and foremost, you need to have an interest in learning about Neuroscience :) Then you need to fill in the application form, telling us about yourself and your motivation. Upon admission to the camp, we will then ask you to pay a refundable deposit of 100 € as a guarantee that you will attend the camp




7) What happens if I have registered for Neurocamp and find out later that I cannot (fully) attend?


Our policy is that we will provide a certificate if there has been at least 80% attendance. We also start the preparations for the NeuroCamp a month in advance (end of June), when you choose the research project you would like to do, so you can schedule everything. However, we understand that due to the current situation, there could be sudden changes difficult to foresee even one month in advance. If that is the case, let us know and we will do our best to figure a solution that works best for your situation.




12) What do I get from NeuroCamp?


When you have successfully completed NeuroCamp with at least 80% attendance, you will get a certificate (we will ship it to you). We will also ship you a goodie bag with lots of cool stuff. And, of course, you will gain a great experience, learn a lot and get to know like-minded people!




13) What time zone does Neurocamp happen?


As NeuroCamp is based in Munich, Germany, our lecturers and tutors work on Munich time (CEST). The schedule will be arranged according to this time zone. However, we are mindful of participants joining from other parts of the world. We will try to record lectures so they can be seen later, and individual arrangements might be possible with tutors for the second week of the camp. If you have any other concerns regarding this point, please let us know, and we will try to figure out a solution.




11) What do I need to prepare for NeuroCamp 2020?


You will just need a computer and internet connection, that’s all. Everything else will be provided to you prior to the start of the camp.




14) I have another question. Whom can I ask?


If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at neurocampmunich@gmail.com, or just use the contact form below.





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