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Fifth Year of the Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences (ECN) Programme

ECN Opening

Prof. Dr. Inga Neumann welcoming the new students for the fifth round of the Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences (ECN) Master's programme at the University of Regensburg

27 September 2010 marked the beginning of the fifth year of the Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences (ECN) Master’s Programme at the University of Regensburg. Students from four different continents, eight different countries, and several scientific disciplines met for the first time during the programme’s Opening Ceremony, where they were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Inga Neumann, head of the ECN programme.

Among those who took part in the Opening Ceremony were the current and previous ECN students as well as faculty members, guests, and administrators including Martin Mai (Elite Network of Bavaria), Prof. Dr. Strothotte (Rector of the University of Regensburg), Prof. Dr. Heinze (Dean of the Faculty of Science), Prof. Dr. Schalling (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm), and Prof. Dr. Schneuwly (ECN).

Students 2010

The ECN class of 2012 with faculty members

In her welcoming speech, Prof. Dr. Neumann emphasized the features which exemplified the motto of the ECN programme: interdisciplinary, international, and intense. Three words which have taken on new meaning for the new ECN students. The Director of the University, Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte, emphasized not only the numerous academic benefits offered by this programme, but also the need for individuals to become truly global citizens. Prof. Dr. Stephan Schneuwly took to the podium to offer words of welcome and to impress on the students the rigorous curriculum that awaits, as well as, the cultural benefits that Bavaria has to offer.

The key note speech of the ceremony was presented by Prof. Dr. Martin Schalling, a visitor from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He presented research into the 'genetics of fear, anxiety and affective disorders'. Along with his research, Dr. Schalling offered the students a few words of wisdom. He encouraged that students, as well as, scientists should continue to keep an open mind, and that collaboration between scientists of various fields can lead to new innovations. Current and previous students were also welcoming the new students to the ECN programme by encouraging talks. Dominik Kraus and Iulia Toth presented the data from their current work in the laboratories and demonstratde their extensive knowledge and experience that they have gained during the ECN.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests were invited to refreshments and conversation. It gave the new students the opportunity to address any questions to professors and current students about the programme, as well as, to further their scientific knowledge. In the future the ECN students have a lot to look forward to both during their continuing studies and in their future careers.

Andreas Thuy
ECN Student

Gathering at the ECN Opening 2010

Gathering of the new ECN students with faculty members and guests at the ECN Opening