CENTURI Training Course

CENTURI provides training courses to PhD students. Each training is designed to help students acquire new skills. 

Through CENTURI training courses, PhD students learn useful knowledge in various topics such as imaging and optics, paper writing or statistics.

Courses and workshops are animated by experts. The training courses are specially designed to suit the needs of students and give them tools for their career.

Training course

Oral communication

May 15 & 22, 2019

This 2-day training course will teach you how to create fascinating oral presentations, customized for your audience.

Students will first learn methodologies to design clear talks and use them to improve their talk. On the second day, students will each present their talk and benefit from individual feedback from the trainer and other trainees.

The course is dedicated in priority to PhD students (1st and 2nd year) and is limited to 8 students.


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  • Plan and outline your talk
  • Design an interactive talk
  • Design clear and attractive slides
  • Putt it into practice

Deadline for application: May 03, 2019

Date: May 15 & 22, 2019

Location: Luminy campus

Trainer: David Karlin

A Focus on Imaging

April 01-04, 18 & 23-24, 2019

© Pierre Recouvreux (IBDM)
© Pierre Recouvreux (IBDM)

This training is an introductory course to different microscopy techniques, image analysis and programming. The course is dedicated to PhD students (1st and 2nd year) willing to explore the most advanced and popular techniques used for biological applications.

By the end of the training the students should have a good understanding of basic optics, wide field microscopy, confocal microscopy, F-techniques (FRAP), electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, dyes, detectors, single molecule imaging, super-resolution, light sheet microscopy, image processing and quantitative analysis.

The course was divided in 2 parts:

  • April 01-04: Optics and Imaging Techniques 1
  • April 18 & 23-24: Image Techniques 2, Analysis and Programming

Cell Biology by the Numbers

November 5-9 2018 | Workshop for biologists

The use of centralized, curated and quantitative data is becoming increasingly important in today’s biology. The course « Cell biology by the numbers » highlighted the key numbers which describe the lives of the cells and the necessary efforts to provide definitive statements about their value. Intended for biologists, this course provided participants with the appropriate mathematical tools to apprehend and explore the key numbers of cell biology and many key physico-chemical processes. The course provided key examples about sizes, concentrations, energies and key quantities that describe the living world, in both an entertaining and surprising fashion.

©Steve Gschmeissner / Photo Researchers, Inc
© Steve Gschmeissner / Photo Researchers, Inc


Rob Phillips is Professor of Biophysics, Biology and Physics at Caltech (California Institute of technology) and Head of the Physical Biology of the cell group. He works on the development of quantitative, theoretical models to describe a broad range of biological phenomena, such as the organization of the genome and gene regulation or the diversity and ecological role of viruses in their natural environments.

Griffin Chure is a biophycisist graduate student in the lab of Rob Phillips at Caltech.
He works on allosteric control in transcriptional regulation and on mechanosensitive channels.

A Focus on Imaging

12-13 & 16-18 April 2018

©Olivier Klein

This training provided an introductory course to different microscopy techniques, dedicated to PhD students willing to explore the most advanced and popular techniques used for biological applications.
"A focus on imaging" was composed of theoretical courses on the techniques basics and principle and hands-on practical in the laboratory in small groups.