History: HGSN → FGSN → B&M

The first Finnish doctoral program in neuroscience was founded by Academy Professor Kai Kaila (University of Helsinki) together with Academician Riitta Hari (Aalto University/Helsinki University of Technology) in 1995. This Helsinki Graduate School of Neurobiology was expanded to a nationwide level as the Finnish Graduate School of Neuroscience (FGSN) in 1998.

FGSN was a joint program of  the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu, Turku, and Åbo Akademi. Research groups in these universities worked in collaboration to develop postgraduate education at a national level in neuroscience. FGSN was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Academy of Finland and the respective universities.

The Doctoral Program Brain & Mind (B&M) started in January 2012. The FGSN ontinued operating alongside the B&M during 2012-13. 

B&M collaboration between the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki

Starting from 2014, B&M has been one of the doctoral programs of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) of the University of Helsinki.

In Aalto University, B&M is a network program hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE)

The multidisciplinary network of leading neuroscience research groups of the Universities of Helsinki and Aalto continues to maintain and develop further the high standards of doctoral training within the scientific fields of Brain&Mind. In addition, B&M has an agreeement with the MSc Programme in Neuroscience (UH) and MSc Programme in Life Science Technologies (Human Neuroscience and -Technology, AU) for a collaborative study right.

International and national collaboration in neuroscience

B&M is a member of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS, hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, FENS) which provides opportunities for B&M doctoral candidates to e.g. apply for NENS exchange grants and for stipends to participate in FENS and IBRO-PERC supported courses.  

Through the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth), we are part of "NorDoc - Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences".

In Finland, B&M works in collaboration with the Brain Research Society of Finland (BRSF), Suomen Aivosäätiö (Finnish Brain Foundation) and Suomen Aivot (Finnish Brain Council) to organize joint national events in neuroscience and brain awareness events for general public.

Each doctoral candidate has a thesis advisory committee that evaluates the candidate's progress and offers the candidate support throughout his/her doctoral studies. The first meeting is arranged within 6-12 months after being accepted to B&M, after which the subsequent meetings must take place annually. Reports of the meetings are submitted to B&M in a timely manner.

Information and instructions for Thesis Committees

The B&M Student Council (SC) has representatives from different Universities/Campuses. Student Council organizes the annual Student Symposium and mediates feedback from students to the Management Board.

B&M Student Council 2020

  • Angelina Lesnikova, Helsinki, chair
  • Cecilia Cannarozzo, Helsinki
  • Adrien Gigliotta, Helsinki
  • Marko Havu, Aalto
  • Rafael Moliner, Helsinki
  • Anais Virenque, Helsinki

B&M Student Council 2019

  • Kuu Ikäheimo, Helsinki, chair
  • Mikaela Laine, Helsinki
  • Timo Nurmi, Aalto
  • Marta Saez Garcia, Helsinki
  • Sarah Steffens, Helsinki

B&M Student Council 2018

  • Pushpa Khanal, Helsinki, chair
  • Giuliano Didio, Helsinki
  • Dovile Kurmanaviciute, Aalto
  • Arun Mahato, Helsinki
  • Ceren Pajanoja, Helsinki 
  • Tuomas Puoliväli, Helsinki
  • Ivan Zubarev, Aalto

B&M Student Council 2017

  • Sanna Koskela, chair
  • Merve Senem Fred
  • Hamed Haque
  • Sebnem Kesaf
  • Samuel Kohtala
  • Elina Nagaeva
  • Santeri Rouhinen

B&M Symposia

  • Virtual symposium, October 15-16, 2020
  • Aalto, September 24-25, 2019
  • Helsinki, September 20-21, 2018 (PROGRAM 2018)
  • Helsinki, September 21-22, 2017 (PROGRAM 2017)
  • Helsinki, September 15-16, 2016  (PROGRAM 2016)
  • Hotel Långvik, Kirkkonummi, September 17-18, 2015 (PROGRAM 2015)
  • Hotel Aavaranta, Espoo/Kirkkonummi, September 11-12, 2014 (PROGRAM 2014)
  • Siikaranta, Espoo, September 5-6, 2013
  • Aulanko, September 3-4, 2012
  • Turku, September 8-9, 2011
  • Majvik, September 15-16, 2010
  • Helsinki, November 27, 2009
  • Helsinki, October 8, 2008
  • Helsinki, October, 2007
  • Helsinki, November 16, 2006
  • Turku, November 24, 2005