Syn2Psy will organize four Network Schools (NS)

They are designed to provide theoretical background as well as practical skills in the selected topics, through talks, workshops and hands-on training. Transferable skills will also be provided. The topics were chosen to train the students in areas crucial for research in neuropsychiatric disorders, taking full advantage of the consortium participants’ know-how. NS are jointly organized by beneficiaries (host institutions) and partner organisations, and will be open to both Syn2Psy ESRs and a small number of external young researchers. All NS feature invited lectures by renowned international scientists and experts in their respective fields.

NS1: Basic concepts on imaging tools and data analysis – Coimbra, Portugal


When: 30 Sep-4 Oct 2019


Organizers: CNC and ZEISS


  • Luísa Cortes (LC) – CNC, PT (Organizer)
  • Monika Marx (MM) – ZEISS, DE (Organizer)
  • Ana Luisa Carvalho (ALC) – CNC, PT
  • Ramiro Almeida (RA) – CNC, PT
  • Margarida Caldeira (MC) – CNC, PT
  • Soren Prag (SP) – ZEISS, DE
  • José Rino (JR) – IMM, PT
  • Tatiana Catarino (TC) – CNC, PT
  • Telmo Pereira (TP) – CEDOC, PT
  • Jorge Valero (JV) – Achucarro, ES


  • Experimental design towards microscopy analysis
  • Fluorescence microscopy – basic concepts
  • Live cell and high speed imaging
  • Dynamic imaging approaches
  • Multi-photon microscopy
  • Multi-photon microscopy in Neuroscience
  • 3D Imaging
  • Intracellular calcium imaging
  • Spine dynamics visualization
  • Axon dynamics studies
  • Basic concepts on image analysis; ethics on image processing
  • Introduction to macro design for image analysis
  • Hands-on sessions: Microscopy
  • Hands-on sessions: Image analysis
NS2: Genetic approaches for the study of neuropsychiatric disorders - Paris, France

When: March 2020 (5 days)

Organizers: IBPS-CNRS


  • Catalina Betancur – IBPS-CNRS, FR (Organizer)
  • other names TBA


  • Complex genetics – basic concepts
  • Genetic association studies
  • Copy number variation studies
  • Whole exome and whole genome sequencing
  • RNA sequencing and specialty sequencing
  • Epigenetics/epigenomics
  • Network and pathway analysis of omics data
  • Functional dissection
  • Genetics of autism spectrum disorder
  • Genetics of schizophrenia
  • Genetics of intellectual disability
  • SHANK genes and Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Hands-on sessions: modern computational methods for rare and common variation
  • Workshop: Case studies and critical thinking in neuropsychiatric genetics
  • Workshop: Professional skills for doctoral students – Career planning
NS3: Drug discovery and development: from idea to product - Copenhagen, Denmark

When: January 2021 (2 days)

Organizers: Lundbeck


  • Kjartan Frisch Herrik (KFH) – Lundbeck, DK (Organizer)
  • Charlotte Hougaard (CH) – Lundbeck, DK (Organizer)
  • other names TBA


  • What is a target?
  • Target overview
  • How is a target validated?
  • The drug discovery value chain
  • Translational biomarkers
  • In vivo models –and limitations in CNS research
  • Clinical development
NS4: Advanced methods for imaging the brain: from nanoscopic to mesoscopic perspectives - Bordeaux, France

When: September 2021 (5 days)

Organizers: IINS-CNRS and ZEISS


  • Daniel Choquet (DC) – IINS-CNRS, FR (Organizer)
  • Thomas Knöpfel (TK) – ICL, UK
  • Eric Hosy (EH) – IINS-CNRS, FR
  • Monika Marx (MM) – ZEISS, DE
  • other names TBA


  • Introduction to fluorescence microscopy
  • General description of super-resolution techniques
  • Advantages and limitations of the different SR techniques
  • In vivo optical imaging approaches
  • Light sheet microscopy
  • Photo-physics of fluorescent probes for super-resolution
  • Genetically encoded indicators of neuronal activities
  • Preparation of samples
  • Hands on sessions: Microscopy
  • Hands on sessions: Image analysis

Network Scools are complementary to the different local PhD program-based courses, offering a comprehensive set of scientific/technical skills along with transferable skills, the latter including:

  • Experimental design, statistics and data analyses
  • Scientific writing, Open Access and bibliometric indicators
  • Target dissemination of results and Public outreach
  • Effective (oral) communication, notably participation in major scientific meetings
  • Networking within the wider scientific community
  • Career development and career choices
  • Research funding and Project management
  • New Product Development (NPD)
  • Research ethics and scientific misconduct in biomedical research
  • Animal experimentation and animal welfare regulations