3rd Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School
The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University School of Science, in Finland organized a learning event titled 3rd Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School, on 7–12 September, 2015. With the 3rd Science Factory we continued to enhance the interaction and discussion within the international TMS–EEG community. During the intensive week, the participants shared their ideas and results and the beginners learned about the essential methodology from more experienced researchers.
The price of the course (750 euros for a double room with another student or 906 euros for a single room) included accommodation for 4 nights (Mon–Fri) and meals (Mon dinner – Fri lunch) in Pajulahti, where most of the workshop was held, one night of accommodation in a hotel next to Aalto University campus (Fri-Sat), and a bus transportation to Pajulahti and back.
The course was targeted to students working with TMS, the emphasis being in TMS–EEG. The participants were chosen based on applications and their level of studies; primarily, master’s or doctoral students, and post-doctoral researchers were chosen.
Applications including a short motivation letter (max. one page), describing motivation for participating in the course, were due to be sent to Tuomas Mutanen (tuomas.mutanen [at] aalto [dot] fi) by 25th June, 2015 (download registration form).
Outline of the workshop
New formats of teaching were used in addition to lectures. The students were divided into small groups, each group with its own senior coach. During the course, the group members worked together on tasks related to the lectures of the other teachers, while the coach acted as a mentor. Students were expected to participate actively in the various sessions and events.
Each coach conducted a teaching session of 35 min on his/her own research and perception of the field in an interactive manner: during each lecture, at least 3 students and 1 senior scientist acted as designated opponents, while the remaining students were also expected to participate in the discussion.
The event consisted of:
- Preparatory lectures of TMS basics and TMS–EEG methodology (Mon 7th September).
- A 3-day intensive workshop (Tue–Thu, 8th – 10th September) where leading researchers (see faculty) of the field presented their work and understanding, discussed the topics, and coached the students.
- Students’ oral and poster presentations where the students could present their work and ideas, receiving feedback from top researchers of the field.
- Hands-on training (Mon 7th and Fri 11th September).
- A data analysis workshop (Sat 12th September).
Before the course
Students were expected to prepare in advance a mini poster (mini-poster template) about their background and interests for the "handshake" session (see program). (The mini poster is not a scientific poster, but rather a concise description of you as a scientist.)
In addition, students presented their research work either in an oral or a poster presentation during the course. Old scientific posters were allowed in the poster presentation. Posters were not allowed to exceed A0 size. Students were also expected to read some preparatory material prior to the course (to be uploaded on the website).