Open Source "Home-Lab" Project for B.Digital 2021
The loss of face-to-face teaching due to the pandemic is difficult to compensate, especially for the practical courses at universities. The digitization of practical courses is a major challenge, as essential elements cannot always be implemented "virtually" and cannot replace practical learning experiences. Our online “Home-Lab" project provides an inexpensive solution for this. For a microscopy and electronics practical course in the Biomedical Neuroscience course, home experiment sets were designed which, in combination with various digital elements, enabled our students to participate in the practical course from home. A first prototype was implemented in January 2021 and allowed us to successful maintain the lab course for the winter semester.
Further on, our online “Home-Lab" course is to be developed into a transferable teaching-learning package that is easily and flexibly adaptable and can serve as a template for similar courses at other universities. One challenge here is the cost-effective realization of the experimental teaching content with the simplest possible means. Our aim is to contribute to the improvement of digital teaching at TUM and beyond. A main advantage of our project is the scalability and location independence of the practical course. This is especially relevant for our international study program, as it makes it possible to participate in the courses worldwide.
A video presentation of the project can be found here.
Joint German-Israeli International Summer School "Neuronal Control of Behaviour" in Eliat, Israel
From September 3rd-10th the students from the Elite Master Program “Biomedical Neuro-science” (BmN) visited the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at the Red Sea – to attend the first joint summer school of Hebrew University’s Safra Center and the BmN.
After traveling across the Negev desert, the Munich program’s students spent an intense week of hands-on work and lectures on behavioural neuroscience in health and disease together with ten students from neuroscience programs in Israel. The lab work was flanked by lectures by twelve renowned scientists from Germany and Israel ranging in topic from recent achievements in neuroscience technology, neurological disease research and studying animal behavior. The Israeli speakers came from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. From Germany, speakers from the Technical University of Munich, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology presented their scientific work. The course was designed to foster intensive scientific exchange between students to discuss scientific questions and science careers; moreover, the on-site presence of faculty ensured networking and mentoring opportunities. After morning lectures, the students trained in groups during afternoon lab sessions to perform different behavioral tasks for rodents and to use optical tools to study and manipulate the neuronal activity underlying behavior. Experiments were followed by software-based data evaluation of the experiments under supervision of experts in this field from Israel and Germany followed by a daily wrap evening-up session. For the last three days the students developed their own short scientific projects, which they conducted using newly acquired experimental and analysis skills. The students presented their results in a last-day mini symposium. Beside this intense scientific program, numerous social events - including guided snorkeling in the Red Sea, a kibbutz dinner and a hike through the desert - facilitated the interactions between Israeli and German students. Overall, this first Eilat summer school successfully kicked-off the close collaboration between the Master program “Biomedical Neuroscience” and its Israeli partner programs.
M.Sc. Biomedical Neuroscience at TUM Master's Day:
Students had the possibility to get an overview of the master's programs available at TUM and find out which programs suits them best.
Our new student cohort of 2019/20 at their BmN Chrismas party 2019.
The elite graduate programme commenced with its cohort of 2018/19.
Here a picture of our new students, who started their programme on October 15, 2018.