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VU Amsterdam and partners receive €3.6 million funding

8 September 2022
The Research Master of Neurosciences programme (BETA-CNCR & VUmc) represented by Associate Professor Christiaan de Kock, the VU International Office and faculty representatives, worked together in an international consortium to develop a new international Master's programme in the field of NeuroData: a groundbreaking graduate programme in Brain and Data Science, coordinated by the Bar-Ilan University (Israel). This new programme now received 6-year funding of €3.6 million from the European Erasmus Mundus programme of Erasmus+.

Students will first study at the Bar-Ilan University for a year, followed by the Summer School in Zagreb and then choose between VU Amsterdam, Jyväskylä, Padua or Lisbon. At VU Amsterdam, NeuroData students will join the second year of the Master of Neurosciences programme and conclude their training with the (NeuroData) internship.

Why Combine Brain Science and Data Science?

Modern neuroscience has reached a point where progress requires analysing vast amounts of data, a skill not traditionally provided to neuroscientists. At the same time, data scientists lack specialised training in neuroscience and as a result, are missing a significant perspective that influences the quality and depth of their insights.

The programme will thus provide an integrated multidisciplinary Brain and Data Science curriculum to cultivate researchers with in-depth knowledge in both fields. Students will be trained in fundamental brain science and data science during the first programme year while applying these skills to analyse neural data during their second year. This holistic approach to students’ training will enable them to forge new mindsets and approaches while increasing individual contributions to a knowledge-based economy and society.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters grant will enable the partner universities to offer scholarships to exceptional candidates who apply for the joint MSc in Brain and Data Science through their home universities. EU scholarships cover the cost of a student’s participation in the programme, travel, and a living allowance.

Support to the programme from data companies in neurosciences such as BlinkLab (Leiden) or NBT Analytics BV (Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen, CNCR, Amsterdam) ensures a solid framework together with industry from the start.