RIKEN CBS Summer Program

Summer Program 2024 Overview

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.

  • Plan A

    Internship Course

    (2 months, June 20–August 20)
    Summer interns will work in a CBS Lab for 2 months and participate in the research activities of the host laboratory. Interns will give a presentation on their work at the end of the course. Potential host laboratories will be announced from the following list.

    Host Laboratories:

    ↑pull down to show the labs which accept interns

    June 20: Orientation
    June 20–August 20: Internship at the lab
    August 20: Closing Ceremony (Presentation)

  • Plan B

    Lecture Course

    (5 days, July 8–12)
    The lecture course is set up to present both basic concepts as well as cutting-edge research that will aid in understanding the selected theme. The intensive course is a coherent platform from where a wide variety of important new research and techniques will be revealed.

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