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1 Destination Europe Virginie van Wassenhove, PhD Exec Dir, NeuroSpin MEG Group leader, Brain dynamics CEA.I 2 BM.DSV. NeuroSpin INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit

2 WHO AM I? Cognitive Neuroscientist interested in the dynamic architecture of the brain for the purpose of Human perception and cognition. multisensory integration supramodal processing temporal logistics of neural operations time perception temporal cognition Magnetoencephalography (MEG) cell assembly human brain coronal section pyramidal cells EEG ref + - MEG LFP INPUT action potentials spikes OUTPUT

3 BIOSKETCH 2013 Habilitation, UPMC 2012-Group leader, Brain Dynamics. INSERM Executive Director, NeuroSpin MEG. CEA Postdoc. CALTECH. USA Postdoc. UCLA. USA Postdoc. UCSF. USA PhD in Neuroscience & Cognitive Sciences, UMCP, USA B.S. Neurophysiology, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), USA pre-97 University Rennes, France …

4 PROS FUNDING opportunities -European + Country-level funding -Individual + consortium level funding Europe? France?

5 FUNDING. A RESEARCHERS PATH TO SCIENTIFIC INDEPENDENCE Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant PredictiveNeuroSens. 100k European Research Council Junior Starting Grant MindTime. ~1.5 m Agence Nationale pour la Recherche Jeunes Chercheurs BrainTime. ~450 k

6 FUNDING. BUILDING MOMENTUM AROUND A RESEARCH GOAL – FP7 Human Brain Project Implicates around 90 laboratories across Europe ! 1 B (Im part of it … starting in 2016) Academics and researchers of diverse horizons interested in time (Im part of it … Training schools and workshops, allowed the start of several collaborative work! )

7 PROS WORK ENVIRONMENT - permanent positions - health and social benefits (Europe is VERY family friendly) - office space can/should have windows!! : )

8 3 T (humans) 7 T (humans) 11.7 T (humans) 17.7 T (rodents) MEEG

9 WORK ENVIRONMENT. NEUROSPIN NeuroSpin = a very impressive neuroimaging center (MRI: 3T, 7T, 11.5T(!) for humans + 17T for small animals; MEG; EEG; eyetracking; electrophysiology; genetics; etc) Neuroscience = several neuroscience teams with an additional building being created Paris-Saclay campus = leading universities are joining forces! -Excellent tracking and communication on funding opportunities -Exceptional help in handling financial matters once funded -Permanent positions and promotions

10 PROS TEACHING CAN BE OPTIONAL INSERM, CNRS, CEA are research institutes not universities.

11 PROS EUROPE density and diversity of research within small distances!

12 PROS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WORK ENVIRONMENT / BENEFITS package TEACHING CAN BE OPTIONAL EUROPE

13 CONS |PROS? BUREAUCRACY + HIERARCHY US France

14 BUREAUCRACY + HIERARCHY reflected in affiliations :Exec Dir, NeuroSpin MEG - Group leader, Brain dynamics CEA.I 2 BM.DSV. NeuroSpin - INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit TRANSLATION CEA Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives DSV Direction des Sciences du Vivant I2BM Institut d'Imagerie BioMédicale NeuroSpin Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit … I am also affiliated with Paris XI University but teach at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris Descartes, Paris V) and Polytechnique…

15 CONS |PROS? WORKING STYLES -less pragmatic -formalities

16 CONS |PROS? HABILITATION necessary to officially mentor phd students

17 BUREAUCRACY + HIERARCHY WORKING STYLES HABILITATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WORK ENVIRONMENT / BENEFITS package TEACHING CAN BE OPTIONAL EUROPE THANKS ….. & …QUESTIONS?


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