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“Meet the brightest minds on the planet”: Falling Walls x Berlin Science Week 2020, 1 – 10 NOV nominiert unsere Sprecherin Professorin Katrin Amunts
The Max Planck School of Cognition is proud to announce that our speaker and fellow Professor Katrin Amunts, who is also Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Brain Research at University of Düsseldorf in Germany, has been selected as one of the finalists for this year's Falling Walls Conference. The Falling Walls Conference is an annual science event taking place in Berlin, Germany, that coincides with the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 1989 ). This year, Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week bring together the most recent breakthroughs and outstanding projects in science and society at The World Science Summit 2020 from November 1st – 10th.

Professor Amunts is among the finalists as the leading researcher developing the "Julich Brain", which is available via the EBRAINS infrastructure as part of the European Human Brain Project. "Julich Brain" is the name of the first 3D-atlas of the human brain that reflects the variability of the brain’s structure with microscopic resolution. The atlas features close to 250 structurally distinct areas, each one based on the analysis of 10 brains. This research has been recently published in the renowned journal, Science ( ).

"It is exciting to see how far the combination of brain research and digital technologies has progressed," says Professor Amunts. "Many of these developments converge in the Julich-Brain-Atlas and on EBRAINS. They help us – and more and more researchers worldwide – to better understand the complex organization of the brain and to jointly uncover how things are connected.”

As a tribute to the effort of scientists worldwide who tackle the pandemic, the Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week global virtual showcase offers free digital access for everyone. This year's program, spanning over 200 sessions, brings together the most recent breakthroughs and outstanding projects in science and society.

Register now here

MPS-Cog @ OHBM2019 in Rom, Italien

MPS-Cog @ OHBM2019 in Rome, Italy

13 June 2019
We had a wonderful time at the annual #OHBM the last days. Great scientific lectures and exciting discussions with you about our PhD program have given us a wonderful time. Thanks a lot for this.💙
Douglas Adams...

Douglas Adams...

09 June 2019
... was a British writer, who had passion for science and for satirical style. You may know him from the Science Fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 💫
Daniel J. Siegel...

Daniel J. Siegel...

06 May 2019
..., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explores which aspects of human life are affected by bonding experiences. 👨‍👩‍👧
Why should I choose Germany for my abroad PhD Studies?
18 April 2019
If you're still looking for the perfect program to do your doctorate, a new opportunity in Germany should be on your list. Plus, in Germany you can expect a fantastic research infrastructure and of course high-ranking science institutions such as the new Max Planck Schools. more
Noam Chomsky...

Noam Chomsky...

15 April 2019
... one of the most influential linguists of present times, brought the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and computer science together.

Thank you!

11 April 2019
We would like to extend a big thank you to all invited applicants who have met us in Berlin for the last two days for an interview. 🤝 Even if we will not be able to offer all candidates a place in our PhD program, we hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. 💛 Already looking forward to the next application period.
Introducing: Michael Brecht

4 April 2019
He is a neurobiologist, professor of "Animal Physiology / System Neurobiology and Neural Computation" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and works at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience. 🧠 He is also one of our fellows and studies active touch and object recognition, social and sexual touch, cortical organization, cellular basis of sensations and movement generation, as well as hippocampal and parahippocampal activity linked to spatial navigation.

photo: © Neurocure, 2011

Hallo aus Berlin!

Hello from Berlin!

20 March 2019
Yesterday we attended the MindBrainBody Symposium 2019 and were able to hear many exciting lectures on cognitive, affective and social neurosciences, cognitive neurology and neuropsychiatry, psychology and other behavioral and social sciences. In addition, we were able to make many new contacts. 🤝 🧠
Helen Thomson...

Helen Thomson...

11 March 2019
... is the science teacher you wish you'd had at school. 👩‍🏫
Introducing Christine Heim
8 March 2019
Prof. Christine Heim, Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité Berlin, focuses her research on areas such as developmental psychobiology, neurobiology of depression and anxiety disorders, psychoneuroendocrinology, and the neural correlates of stress and emotion. She is also one of our esteemed fellows. 👍🏼
Harnack House Berlin: International meeting place for the scientific community
27 February 2019
Since its foundation in 1929, the Harnack House in Berlin has been a centre of international scientific exchange. Many well-known scientists have met here ever since, so it is the perfect place to meet with the invited applicants for interviews. We're looking forward to getting to know you. more
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Paul Valéry...

23 March 2019
... was an important philosophical author of the 20th century. 
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António Damásio...

7 February 2019
... is a prominent Portuguese neuroscientist and consciousness researcher. He examines the neural foundations of language and cognition as well as the connection between feeling, emotion and good sense. 🧠
Introducing Hauke R. Heekeren
2 February 2019
He is one of our Berlin-based fellows and professor for Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Freie Universität Berlin – Hauke Heekeren. His lab mainly investigates the neuroscience of decision-making.
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