30 September 2015, No. 20/2015

Conference on the future of brain research

Neuroscientists to meet in Bonn from 7 to 10 October to discuss current issues and challenges in their field

Neuroscience is on the verge of potentially major breakthroughs: the human brain contains some 100 billion nerve cells that are connected to one another by approximately 100 trillion synapses. It has not however been possible to developed a complete “circuit diagram” of these networks to date. But now, new methods and procedures promise increasingly better and more comprehensive insights into the human brain, its structures and functions. Leading international brain researchers attending the 5th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum from 7 to 10 October will discuss the question of what radical changes and opportunities this can mean for neuroscience.

The conference on Frontiers in Neuroscience will be opened by the Deputy Rector of the University of Bonn, Andreas Zimmer; the Mayor of the City of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch; and the Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Enno Aufderheide. The noted neuroscientist Onur Güntürkün, Professor of Biopsychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Leibniz Award winner, will give the keynote lecture. The scientific supervisors are Hans-Jochen Heinze, Director of the Department of Neurology at the University of Magdeburg and Chairman of the Medicine Committee of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat); Thomas Misgeld, Professor of Neurology at the Technische Universität München and winner of the Humboldt Foundation’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Award; and Walter Stühmer, Professor of Neurophysiology at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen.

The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Humboldt Foundation to connect their research award winners with junior researchers and German host institutions. The conference also aims to raise Bonn’s profile as a city of science. More than 180 neuroscientists from some 20 countries are expected to attend this year’s forum.

Note for the press: Journalists are welcome to attend. We will gladly arrange personal interviews. Please register via e-mail addressed to: presse(at)avh.de

On-site contact: Lena Schnabel, Tel. 0160-97287564

Venue and date: University of Bonn and Hotel Bristol, 7-10 October 2015.
The conference programme is available for download here.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 52 Nobel Prize winners.


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