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neu790 - Communicating Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Communicating Neuroscience
Module abbreviation neu790
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h

90 h

(28 h contact / 62 h individual reading and preparing discussion questions)

Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Skills Modules
Responsible persons
  • Kretzberg, Jutta (module responsibility)
  • Kretzberg, Jutta (authorised to take exams)
  • Köppl, Christine (authorised to take exams)
Skills to be acquired in this module

+ Neurosci. knowlg.
++ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
+ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
++ Data present./disc.
+ Scientific English
++ Ethics

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have thought about and discussed in depth scientific, social and ethical aspects of communication in and about neuroscience. In particular, participants practice critical reading of neuroscience literature, learn about the scientific publication process and discuss science communication to the general public.

Module contents

The overall goal of critical discussion of neuroscientific results in a scientific, social and ethical context requires preparation and active participation both before (Stud.IP wiki) and during the weekly sessions. Each participant is responsible for the preparation and moderation of at least one session in a group of 2-3 students. For passing the module, additional active participation is required in at least 10 of the seminar sessions.  The specific papers and topics that are discussed vary, but typically cover:

  • How to find literature?
  • How to read different types of scientific papers: Classic papers, review papers, perspective papers, recent original papers?
  • Publication process, Authorship and impact metrics
  • Alternative publication paths and data sharing in neuroscience
  • Science communication for the general public and on social media
  • Face-to-face scientific communication
Recommended reading

List of published papers, as well as online resources for preparation will be selected by the teachers and participants and announced via Stud.IP.  

Background neuroscience textbooks, e.g.:

Galizia, Lledo ‘Neuroscience – From Molecule to Behavior’, 2013, Springer

Nicholls et al. ‘From Neuron to Brain’, 5th edition 2012, Sinauer

Kandel et al. 'Principles of Neural Science', 5th Edition 2013, McGraw-Hill Comp.


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Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency winter semester
Module capacity 20 (
Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
Presentation (ungraded, pass / fail)
Type of course Seminar
Frequency WiSe
On-site workload 28 h