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"Meet the brightest minds on the planet"

Falling Walls x Berlin Science Week 2020, 1–10 November, nominates our speaker Professor Katrin Amunts

October 28, 2020

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 (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6506/988 ).

"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.

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