Satellite 1: Symposium on Graduate Neuroscience Education in Canada

Date: May 12th, 9AM to 4:30PM

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Organizer: Reza Farivar, CAN-sponsored satellite




Canada is a neuroscience powerhouse—it ranks in the top 3 countries of the world in terms of neuroscience productivity per capita or GDP and has a long history of pioneers in the subject. The bulk of this research is carried out by graduate trainees trained in graduate programs that were designed for a very different era. Not only has neuroscience grown massively as a field, it is almost entirely multidisciplinary and integrates fields as diverse as engineering and physics with ethnography and population health. Young faculty are tasked with roles they were never trained for, including teaching large courses, supervising multi-collaborator projects, and translating their lab knowledge to products, services, or policies for tangible benefits to society.

This symposium is about exploring and understanding aspects of graduate neuroscience training so that we may address the challenges listed above—Training professional scientists, training in neuroscientific knowledge and methods, and training for social impact.

Part 1: The professional (neuro)scientist

  • What are the core competencies of a professional (neuro)scientist?
  • What skills are our students missing out on by coming to grad school?
  • How do we incorporate assessment into graduate training to ensure competencies are met?

Part 2: Neuroscience training—courses, supervision, and pan-Canadian opportunities

  • Neuroscience is massive and multi-disciplinary, so—what are the core concepts we should be teaching our grad students?
  • How do we create learner-focused neuroscience courses?
  • How do we incorporate experiential learning pedagogy into graduate supervision?
  • What are the opportunities for pan-Canadian teaching & training?

Part 3: Training for Impact

  • How do we empower our students to make impact in society?
  • How will we train the next generation of transformative and inspiring teachers?
  • How do we keep our students (and ourselves) at the edge of neuroscience—open science, big data, new methodology, new fields?

As a CAN sponsored-satellite, most of the costs associated with the “Graduate Neuroscience Education in Canada CAN satellite” are covered by CAN, however a nominal fee is requested to cover part of the costs associated with food and beverage for the event. This cost is $50 for attendees that are registered for the CAN meeting, and $60 (including administrative overhead) for attendees not registered for the CAN meeting.