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    Applications open for the Dar es Salaam School

    3rd IBRO/ARC School on Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    August 11 - 30, 2014


    Organizer: Lucia Prieto Godino, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    School Website:


    Aims and Scope of the School 

    To introduce the use of insects as powerful yet inexpensive model systems in neuroscientific research. With their comparatively simple nervous systems, tractable genetic access and low maintenance costs, Drosophila and other insects have rapidly consolidated their status as key model systems in scientific research. This course aims to introduce key concepts in insect neuroscience to scientists at African institutions to promote the use of such model systems in their research. Subjects covered will range from lab maintenance and grant writing to state of the art neurogenetics, behavioural and electrophysiological research techniques, as well as essential research skills such as statistical analysis, critical analysis and interpretation of data, usage of scientific databases and introduction to open source technologies.


    School Description

    The course will be divided in three weeks. The first week will be a general theoretical and practical introduction to the field, including introductions to insects as model organisms in neuroscience, neurogenetics, electrophysiology methods, statistical analysis, grant writing, and open source. The second and third weeks will consist of theoretical lectures common to all students and a series of alternative practical modules. Students will choose one out of three practical modules running in parallel each week. The modules include: Development of the nervous system, chemosensory systems in mosquitoes and Drosophila, vision in insects, motor control in insects, Drosophila as a model for human diseases, evolution and environmental control of body size and foraging behaviour in Drosophila. Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on the usage of open source technologies and an active “Do it yourself” spirit will be encouraged. For more information check the programme of previous schools in our website.


    Who should apply to this School?

    • African scientists who already hold a Master’s degree or are currently enrolled for a Master’s degree or equivalent programme. Therefore this includes, Master students, PhD students, Postdocs and Professors.

    The course is very intensive and a strong motivation and drive is required. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record and written statements concerning their interest in neuroscience and how they expect to benefit from participating in the course. There will be no attendance fee. Selected students will receive economy round-trip airfare from a major international airport in their country to Dar es Salaam. Accommodation will be provided for international students, but not meals.


    Application deadline: May 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET)

    Apply here.


    If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino (


    Co-Sponsor: TReND in Africa