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Bernstein SmartSteps

Featuring Early Career Scientists



The Bernstein SmartSteps

The Bernstein SmartSteps series provides a unique platform for selected Early Career Scientists of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience to present their research projects to the scientific community. Once a month, starting in April 2021, one PhD candidate and one Postdoc who are ready to take their next (smart) step for their scientific career will discuss their research in an online seminar.

Join the Bernstein SmartSteps Series as an audience if you are interested in cutting-edge computational neuroscience and want to watch out for new talents in the field. The live talks will be held in Zoom. A recording will be published in a separate collection on the Bernstein Vimeo Channel:


Please sign-up here, if you would like o join for the live talks. A link to the event in Zoom will be sent shortly before via email.



The Bernstein SmartSteps Award 2021

A committee of senior scientists will select the best speaker of the ongoing series for the Bernstein SmartSteps Award: it consists of a professional individual career coaching by SCIEDO at the value of 1500 EUR. Together with the coach, the awardee will decide whether to focus on the preparation of a personal grant, an upcoming job application or another career relevant topic.
The awardee will also be featured in the Bernstein Network’s media channels.

Award committee

  • Laura Busse (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich)
  • Athanasia Papoutsi (Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology &
    Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas, Heraklion, Greece)
  • Henning Sprekeler (Technical University Berlin)
  • Friedemann Zenke (Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland)


Bernstein SmartSteps speakers

  • are on the verge of taking their next career step
  • want to use a unique opportunity to present their research to the scientific community
  • seek to profit from our individual presentation training before their talk and get ready for this and upcoming (job) talks
  • are a member of the Bernstein Network or have been suggested by their PI who is a Bernstein Network member
    (find more information about a membership in the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience here)

How to apply/ nominate

We are looking forward to receiving applications/ nominations which fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • if you are a PhD candidate or Postdoc and a member of the Bernstein Network: please fill the application form here
  • if you are a PI and member of the Bernstein Network and want to nominate one of your lab members, please contact

Deadlines 2021

  • for talk slots in spring (April, May, June): March 18, 2021
  • for talk slots in fall (October, November, December): August 26, 2021

Selection committee

  • Julijana Gjorgjieva, member of the Bernstein Network Steering Committee (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M.; Technical University of Munich)
  • Laura Bella Naumann, Bernstein Network Student and PhD candidate representative (Technical University Berlin)
  • Katharina Wilmes, Bernstein Network Postdoc representative (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Anja Dorrn, Scientific Coordinator (Bernstein Coordination Site, branch office of the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Freiburg)