Sign-up to TMBI !

Are you working in Toulouse in the area of Brain, Mind, Cognition and Behavior?

Would you like to become a member of the Toulouse Mind & Brain Institute?

If so, then here is what you have to do.

  1. If you haven’t already done it, you will need to set up a Google Scholar Profile. It’s really easy to do – there are instructions here. It typically takes just a minute or two. Previously, you needed to have a Google account, but that is no longer true – you can use your standard email address.
  2. To keep things uniform, please use the order “Forename Surname” (e.g. Simon Thorpe – not THORPE Simon).
  3. Add a photo to your profile – preferably one where you are looking happy!
  4. Add five keywords to the “Areas of Interest” field.  We would like  3 of them to be at least vaguely related to the area of Brain, Mind, Cognition, Behaviour, AI etc.
  5. Add “TMBI (Univ. Toulouse)” to the end of the affiliation
  6. Add a link to your homepage (if you have one). If you don’t have one, no problem – you will be able to use one that we provide for you.
  7. Finally, don’t forget to MAKE YOUR PROFILE PUBLIC! If you don’t, nobody but you will know that you want to join the TMBI.

Just adding “TMBI” to your affiliation means that we will be able to find you very easily, and add you to the list of people interested in the project.

But, in addition, we would like you to use the following stardardized format for the affiliation, which breaks things into three parts, and uses terms that are easy to understand for non-French readers.

The first part says what sort of position you have, and who pays your salary (assuming you have one!)

Thus the following would all be good:

  • CNRS Researcher (CR1),
  • CNRS Research Director (DR2),
  • INSERM Research Engineer (IR2),
  • CNRS Research Assistant (AI),
  • UT3 Professor,
  • UT2 Lecturer,
  • ISAE-Supaero Lecturer
  • CNRS PhD Student,
  • CNRS Postdoc Fellow,
  • Fyssen Postdoc Fellow
  • CIFRE PhD student
  • etc.

Note that we recommend the term “Lecturer” (the English term) rather than “Assistant Professor” (the American term) for Maître de Conférence. This is because Assistant or even Associate Professor positions in the USA are often assumed to not have tenure – whereas a French MdC does have tenure. “Lecturer” really does sound more impressive.

If you are paid from two sources (as in the case of a PU-PH – Professeur d’Université-Practicien Hospitalier), you should give both :

  • UT3 Professor, CHU Purpan,

Even better, yoou could also give the Service you work in by specifying the field

  • UT3 Professor of Neurology, CHU Purpan,
  • UT3 Professor of Opthalmology, CHU Purpan,

The second part, gives your main affiliation. Typically, it will be something like

  • <YourLab> (CNRS-UT3)
  • <YourLab> (INSERM-UT3)
  • <YourLab> (UT2)

The <YourLab> part really only needs to be the Acronym (CerCo, Tonic, LAAS, IRIT) etc. Few people outside France can make sense of UMR 5549 or UPR 8001, but giving the Code number is OK if you really want to include it.

Next, the third part gives any additional affiliations you may have. In this case you need to put “TMBI (Univ. Toulouse)”.  The Univ. Toulouse makes it clear that you are part of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi Pyrénées, but it much more understandable that UFTMP! And using “Univ.” is better that “University of” or “Université de” because it is not in either French or English.

The final result will be something like

CNRS Research Director (DR2), CerCo (CNRS-UT3), TMBI (Univ. Toulouse).

Note, that if you want to participate in other Institutes such as IAST, ISC-T or whatever, no problem. Belonging to the TMBI does not restrict you joining other programs – indeed, you are actively encouraged to join.  So, this affiliation is fine too:

CNRS Research Director (DR1), CerCo (CNRS-UT3), IAST, ISC-T, TMBI (Univ. Toulouse).

Note that there is a limit to the total number of characters in the affiliation, which is why you should avoid giving full names of labs like Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition or Toulouse Neuroimaging Center. CerCo and Tonic are fine.

Can we stick with UT1, UT2, UT3? It’s less confusing than UPS, UT2J and so on.

Once you are on Google Scholar with TMBI, we will be able to find you because we can search for everyone by simple using “TMBI” as the search string.

After that, we will add you to the list of members that can be found on the main website using the menus (Labs > <YourLab> ). We will also contact you to explain how to update the information in your personal webpage which is located at http://tmbi. fr/simon-thorpe/ (using your name).

Note that while anyone can set up a Google Scholar Profile, you won’t appear unless there is at least one item in your profile. And if Google hasn’t found anything that you have published on the web, you won’t be visible. However, there is a way to fix that by adding at least one element manually. That element could be something as simple as an internal lab presentation.

That’s it. You will be included in the TMBI proposal!

Normally, this will not take you more than 10 minutes or so.

We hope to see you soon!