PhD program

Presentation

The ILCB PhD Program is conceived for doctoral students working on language related topics within or across the disciplinary areas of the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB): psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, informatics and mathematics. This program relies on three pillars to offer a highly attractive manner of completing the training required to obtain a PhD degree:

1. An interdisciplinary focus on language research, with interdisciplinary theory and practice trainings and the possibility to follow basic and advanced level courses in all relevant disciplines.

2. A strong and personalized support in experimental platform and data analysis methods, with a focus on multimodal brain imaging recordings.

3. An emphasis on improving professional and academic communication in English: all our mandatory courses and events are offered in English to improve professional use of this language, and international internships are accredited and economically supported to facilitate this enriching mobility experience.
We also offer courses and workshops that promote interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations within the academic world or are oriented towards professional opportunities outside academia, all tailored to the backgrounds of our students. All of these features contribute to render students of the ILCB PhD Program highly competitive in their future careers, both within and outside academia.

For questions regarding pedagogical content, contact: Elin Runnqvist or Benjamin Morillon.

For questions regarding pedagogical coordination, contact: Marien Gouyon.

 

Events

 

Courses²

 

Other²

  • ILCB lunch talks: attendance
  • ILCB lunch talks: presentation
  • Workshop: organisation
  • Workshop: attendance
  • Scientific animation
  • ILCB Welcoming day
  • ILCB PhD student day
  • IILCB Summer school
  • Interdisciplinary Theory
  • Interdisciplinary Practice

 

 

 

  • International internship
  • Project methods support
  • Writing and presenting
  • Applying for grants
  • Career outside academia

 

Students have the possibility to follow other trainings, such as the ones proposed by Neuroschool, The MaSCo (links here and here), Master LEX (links here and here), Doctoral College, or other relevant formations.
Students willing to follow such non-ILCB trainings just need to contact us beforehand, to obtain a formal approval from the targeted formation.

 

¹ Dt: Disciplinary training; Tt: Transversal training (Compulsory minimum of 50 hours each)

² Non-exhaustive list of trainings: See p.1 on how to follow other trainings.


Events


Ilcb lunch talks: attendance

Attendance to a 1h monthly seminar, featuring an invited speaker from a relevant discipline for the ILCB (linguistics, psychology, neurosciences, mathematics and informatics). The seminar is followed by a lunch buffet giving the opportunity to interact with researchers from the ILCB community and the invited speaker (professional networking). Finally, two PhD/post-doc students from the ILCB make each a 15 minutes presentation followed by a 30 minutes discussion involving the invited speaker.

Speakers Invited researchers
Hours 4h per lunch talk
Credited hours 1h (Dt B ) per lunch talk
Language English
Mandatory

Ilcb lunch talks: presentation

15 minutes oral presentation of on-going work followed by a 30 minutes discussion featuring the presence and active involvement of the invited speaker of the lunch talk. The student who presents will then have the opportunity to have dinner with the invited speaker and the host (ILCB researcher), giving the opportunity to enforce professional networking.

Speakers ILCB students
Hours 45 minutes + preparation + diner
Credited hours 3h (Dt/TtB)
Language English
Mandatory

Workshop: organisation (1 day)

Organisation of a 1-day workshop on a specific topic. This includes the planning of the type of event (oral, poster session, local or international...), the invitation of the speakers, the arrangement of the venue and the welcoming of the speakers, the booking of the conference centre and so on.

Speakers Invited researchers
Credited hours 18h (Tt B)
Language English

Workshop: attendance (1 day)

Full attendance to a 1-day workshop organized by the ILCB students.

Speakers Invited researchers
Hours 6h
Credited hours 2h (Dt¹)
Language  English
Mandatory

Scientific animation

Organisation of a scientific animation for the general public, by taking part of public events such as ‘la semaine du cerveau’, ‘pint-of-science’ or else, by setting up a personal event, or by intervening in schools or public institutions.

Speakers ILCB students
Credited hours 4h (Tt ¹)
Language French or English
Mandatory

ILCB welcoming day

Attendance to the yearly welcoming day, during which the general functioning of the ILCB and the PhD and post-doc group is explained. Students introduce themselves and describe their respective research topic. The presentation is followed a recreational activity and a diner. The goal is to facilitate interactions amongst the students of the ILCB community and with the ILCB board.

Speakers ILCB students; J. Ziegler; E. Runnqvist
Hours 8h
Credited hours 1h (Dt B)
Language English
Mandatory

ILCB PhD student day: attendance and presentation

Attendance to the yearly ILCB PhD student day. Prior to the PhD student day, all PhD students are required to work in groups of 3-5 students to elaborate a presentation that should be organized around a topic that comprises the work of all students in a given group.

The presentation should contain a short introduction and conclusion concerning this overarching topic, and each student is given around 10 minutes to present his/her work in a way that relates to the topic. The presentations are followed by a lunch buffet featuring a poster session of all students, post-docs and researchers of the ILCB community. The goal is to practice oral presentation skills as well as inciting students to think about their work from a more global perspective than the one necessarily adopted in a thesis. Given the diversity of disciplines amongst the students, this will also end up most of the times as a practice of interdisciplinary work. Finally, the lunch and poster session are intended to facilitate interactions amongst the students of the ILCB community with more experienced researchers.

Speakers ILCB PhD Students
Hours 7h
Credited hours 4h (Dt/Tt ¹)
Language English
Mandatory

ILCB summer school

Attendance to the yearly ILCB Summer school. The ILCB Summer School offers introductory classes in four core fields of Cognitive Science, reflecting the expertise of the Institute: Applied mathematics, statistics and networks; Neuroscience and behaviour; Language and cognition; Computer science and machine learning. Keynotes and social events complete this week of immersion.

Speakers Invited speakers
Hours 25h
Credited hours 15h (Dt ¹)
Language English
Date Early September
Mandatory


COURSES and OTHER2


Interdisciplinary Theory

Attendance to an academic course on the topic of interdisciplinary research in the  area of cognitive sciences.

Speakers: D. Andler and D. Schön
Hours: 5h
Credited hours 5h (Dt ¹ )
Language English

Interdisciplinary  Pratice

ILCB students from complementary disciplines will form a duo to create an innovative paradigm related to a current problem in cognitive sciences and capitalizing on their interdisciplinary backgrounds. The course will first feature two interactive sessions, with the presence of mentors from various disciplines. A final (3rd) session will be dedicated to the oral presentation of the elaborated paradigms. Attendance to all presentations will be mandatory.

Speakers: B Morillon and E Runnqvist
Hours:  6h + preparation
Credited hours 10h (Dt/Tt1)
Language English

International internship

International internship in a relevant laboratory for the PhD project of the ILCB student. The goal is to gain an international mobility, to experience the functioning of another laboratory and to setup a collaborative network.

Hours minimum 1 month
Credited hours 10h per month (max 50h; Dt/Tt1)

Project methods support

Individual sessions of methodological support tailored to the specific needs of the students.

Speakers: CREx  (C Zielinski, V Chanoine, D Bolger and F Geringswald)
Credited hours: 1h per session (Dt ¹ )
Language: English

Writing and presenting

Attendance to an academic course that explains how to extract and present the key properties of a scientific study, what to emphasize and how to organize the logic of the arguments in both written and oral modalities, how to prepare a scientific article, how to properly report the statistics and how to write an abstract and highlights.

Speakers: E Runnqvist and B Morillon
Hours: 6h + preparation
Credited hours 10h (Tt¹)
Language: English

Applying for grants

Interactive workshop on how to apply for European funding.

Speakers: C Damon
Hours: 6h
Credited hours: 6h (Tt¹)
Language:English

Career outside academia

Presentations of invited entrepreneurs (Facebook, Google, Fab labs…).

Speakers: Invited entrepreneurs
Hours: 1h
Credited hours: 1h Tt¹ per presentation
Language: English


Courses: advanced level A


Language, communication and brain 1

L’objectif de cette UE est que les étudiants acquièrent une connaissance experte des principales modélisations du rapport entre langage et cerveau, ainsi que leurs mises à l’épreuve empiriques. Les étudiants bénéficieront d’une formation théorique avancée, qui se concentrera plus particulièrement sur deux domaines : la production et la compréhension du langage.

Supervisor Marieke Longcamp and Kristof Strijkers
Speakers K Strijkers, M Longcamp, M Montant, M Besson, E Runnqvist, P Belin and J Grainger
Hours 30h (+ optional 30h CM)
Credited hours 30h (Dt B )
Language English
Date January-April

Language, communication and brain 2

Cette UE poursuit et développe les acquis de LCB1 avec l’objectif de développer l’expertise des étudiants sur de nouveaux domaines des rapports entre langage et cerveaux, en se basant sur et en élargissant les connaissances théoriques acquises en LCB1. Ces nouvelles thématiques in-cluent l’évolution du langage (recherche comparative), le bi et le multilinguisme, l’intégration de la perception et de la production, les dynamiques cérébrales conversationnelles, ainsi que le codage neural (neurosémantique, neurosyntaxe, neuropragmatique).

Supervisor Marieke Longcamp and Kristof Strijkers
Speakers K Strijkers, M Longcamp, M Montant, S Pinto, E Runnqvist, B Morillon, A Meguerditchian, C Pattamadilok and D Schön
Hours 30h (+ optional 30h CM)
Credited hours 30h (Dt B )
Language English
Date September-December

Cognitive science data

Encore plus dans l’étude de la cognition que dans tout autre champ, les entités qui nous intéressent ne sont pas directement observables. Toute donnée, considérée comme le corrélat d’opérations mentales, va être l’objet d’un certain nombre de choix qui s’opèrent entre le moment où cette donnée est acquise et le moment où elle est mise en forme pour être analysée statistiquement. Ces choix peuvent avoir des conséquences importantes sur les interprétations finales.

L’objectif de cette UE sera de travailler autour de la notion de données dans l’ensemble des sciences cognitives. Nous chercherons en particulier à comprendre pourquoi et comment les données sont « manipulées », et représentées, avant leur analyse statistique. Après une présentation des grands types de données utilisées en sciences cognitives, trois problématiques générales seront analysées en détails : «Approximations» dans l’acquisition des données. Prise en compte de la variabilité intra-individuelle (prétraitements, rejet des artéfacts et des valeurs extrêmes) et interindividuelle (taille des échantillons, outliers). Description et représentation des données (représentation de distributions, interpolation, filtrage, échelles...).

Supervisor Marieke Longcamp
Speakers M Longcamp, A Michelas, B Burle, F Vidal and X Alario
Hours 30h
Credited hours 30h (Dt B )
Language
Date January-April

Interdisciplinary theory

Attendance to an academic course on the topic of interdisciplinary research in the 
area of cogni-tive sciences.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist and Benjamin Morillon
Speakers D. Andler and D. Schön
Hours 5h
Credited hours 5h (Dt B )
Language English
Dateawaiting confirmation
Mandatory

Interdisciplinary practice

ILCB students from complementary disciplines will form a duo to create an innovative paradigm re-lated to a current problem in cognitive sciences and capitalizing on their interdisciplinary back-grounds. The course will first feature two interactive sessions, with the presence of mentors from various disciplines. A final (3rd ) session will be dedicated to the oral presentation of the elaborated paradigms. Attendance to all presentations will be mandatory.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist and Benjamin Morillon
Speakers AS Dubarry, C Fredouille, B Morillon, C Petrone and E Runnqvist
Hours 6h + preparation
Credited hours 10h (Dt/Tt B )
Language English
Dateawaiting confirmation
Mandatory


Other


International internship

International internship in a relevant laboratory for the PhD project of the ILCB student. The goal is to gain an international mobility, to experience the functioning of another laboratory and to setup a collaborative network.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist and Benjamin Morillon
Speakers
Credited hours 10h per month (max 50h; Dt/TtB)

Project methods support

Individual sessions of methodological support tailored to the specific needs of the students.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist and Benjamin Morillon
Speakers CREx (C Zielinski, V Chanoine and D Bolger)
Credited hours 1h per session (Dt B)
Language English

Writing and presenting

Attendance to an academic course that explains how to extract and present the key properties of a scientific study, what to emphasize and how to organize the logic of the arguments in both written and oral modalities, how to prepare a scientific article, how to properly report the statistics and how to write an abstract and highlights.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist and Benjamin Morillon
Speakers E Runnqvist and B Morillon
Hours 6h + preparation
Credited hours 10h (Tt B)
Language English
Mandatory

Applying for grants

Interactive workshop on how to apply for European funding.

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist
Speakers C Damon
Hours 6h
Credited hours 6h (Tt B)
Language English
Mandatory

Career outside academia

Presentations of invited entrepreneurs (Facebook, Google, Fab labs…).

Supervisor Elin Runnqvist & Benjamin Morillon
Speakers Invited entrepreneurs
Hours 1h
Credited hours 1h (Tt B) per presentation
Language English
Date flexible
Mandatory

 


Summary table


Summary table 2

 

 Trainings Date Disciplinary Transversal Mandatory
 EVENTS
 ILCB lunch talks: attendance (recurrent) Monthly 1h (/talk)
 ILCB lunch talks: presentation 1.5h 1.5h
 Workshop: organisation All year 18h
 Workshop: attendance 2h
 Scientific animation All year 4h
 ILCB Welcoming day (recurrent) 1h
 ILCB PhD student day (recurrent) 2h 2h
 ILCB Summer schoolEarly September 15h
 COURSES & OTHER
Interdisciplinary Theory 5h
Interdisciplinary Practice 5h5h
International internshipAll year 5h (/month) 5h (/month)
Project methods support (recurrent) All year 1h (/session)
 Writing and presenting10h
 Applying for grants6h
Career outside academia1h (/talk)

Reminder:

Students have the possibility to follow other trainings, such as the ones proposed by  Neuroschool, The MaSCo (links here and here), Master LEX (links here and here),  Doctoral College, or other relevant formations.

Students willing to follow such non-ILCB trainings just need to contact us beforehand, to obtain a formal approval from the targeted formation.

For any questions:

 

Commitment


Surname:

First name:

Email address:

 

Doctoral School:

PhD thesis title:

Supervisor:

Laboratory:

Commitment to follow at least 100 hours of training (including a minimum of 50 hours of disciplinary training and 50 hours of transversal training) offered by the ILCB PhD program and to assist to all the mandatory trainings.

 

City:                            Date:

 

PhD StudentPhD Program ResponsibleDean of Doctoral School

 

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¹ Dt: Disciplinary training; Tt: Transversal training (Compulsory minimum of 50 hours each)

² Non-exhaustive list of trainings: See p.1 on how to follow other trainings.