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“Mind Talks” Series Presents Innovations from Brain Research

What makes our brain flexible? What mechanisms allow us to process the immense amounts of sensory information that we receive every second? The “Mind Talks” lecture series at the university presents understandable answers from brain research in Bremen and surrounding areas.

Alternating between international, national, and local talks, the series will present a colorful spectrum of research highlights from Bremen and surrounding areas in four English presentations. The series begins on December 9. The audience has the chance to find out how the scientific cooperation between different disciplines contributes to a deeper understanding of brain function. The talks will be held in room 2030, Cognium building, University of Bremen (Hochschulring 18, 28359 Bremen).

The kick-off session on Monday, December 9, 2019 (4 p.m.), will begin with Professor Jutta Kreuzberg (University of Oldenburg) answering the question of how animals interact with a continually changing environment using their nervous system. Even the flexible body of a leech holds a flexible nervous system. This particular system is especially useful for the investigation of cellular mechanisms of neuronal flexibility. An overview of the presentations:

  • Monday, December 9, 2019 (4 p.m.): Neuronal responses – as flexible as a leech (Prof. Dr. Jutta Kretzberg)
  • Monday, December 16, 2019: (4 p.m.) A critical view onto Deep Learning – and our hope to do it better (Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter)
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 (4 p.m.): Neurophysiological Assessment in Epilepsy – now, next and beyond (Dr. med. Frank Bösebeck)
  • Monday, January 20, 2020 (4 p.m.): Illuminating the serotonergic system (Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck)

After each lecture, you will be able to discuss further questions with the lecturer and other audience members at a small reception in the Cognium foyer. This will offer the chance for you to contribute to the involved institutes’ scientific communication on all things to do with the brain.

The “Mind Talks” series is organized by Dr. Udo Ernst (Computational Neuroscience Lab, University of Bremen), Professor Olivia Masseck (synthetic biology, University of Bremen), and Professor Tanja Schultz (Cognitive Systems Lab, University of Bremen). The Iris and Hartmut Jürgens Foundation is funding the series. The next series instalment is planned for the summer semester 2020.


Dr. Uno Ernst
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 (0)421-218-62002
Email: udoprotect me ?!neuro.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de or ajanssenprotect me ?!neuro.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

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Secrets of the brain: The “Mind Talks” lecture series presents understandable answers from brain research in Bremen and surrounding areas.