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Young scientists of BCCN Göttingen excel

Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (MPG). goes to two young scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) Göttingen and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen.
Young scientists of BCCN Göttingen excel

Prof. Fred Wolf, Dr. Agostina Palmigiano, Prof. Theo Geisel, Dr. Manuel Schottdorf and Prof. Walter Stühmer (from left) after the prize ceremony © Amac Garbe

Physicist Agostina Palmigiano worked in the group of Prof. Theo Geisel and cooperated with Dr. Demian Battaglia (University of Marseille) and Prof. Fred Wolf. She receives the Otto Hahn Medal for „uncovering the dynamic principles for the flexible switching of the information flow in brain networks“. Physicist Manuel Schottdorf worked in the research group of Prof. Fred Wolf and was also supervised in the experimental part of his work by Prof. Walter Stühmer from the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine. He convinced the jury with his „groundbreaking structure-function studies of neuronal circuits“. The Otto Hahn Medal is an annual award presented by the Max Planck Society to a small selection of its very best doctoral students.

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BCCN Göttingen excels with 8 medals

The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually to about 30 outstanding doctoral candidates within the Max Planck Society; it is scientifically very broadly diversified with a total of 84 institutes and about 300 departments. Doctoral researchers of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen in the Department of Nonlinear Dynamics at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) have been extremely successful in this field over the last 10 years. They won eight medals in this period alone.

Theo Geisel, founding director of the BCCN Göttingen and emeritus director of the Department of Nonlinear Dynamics at MPIDS is pleased about the great success of the two Bernstein doctoral students this year. „We recognized well in advance that the decoding of the function of neuronal circuits will be carried out by a new generation of scientists who are biologically competent and who are not afraid of mathematical analyses. The success with eight Otto Hahn medals for our Bernstein doctoral candidates over the last ten years shows that this is the right approach for a future-oriented interdisciplinary field that is now firmly established in a Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks under the direction of Fred Wolf.

Together with Theo Geisel and Marc Timme, Fred Wolf is one of the fathers of Göttingen's success. Since Geisel’s retirement, he is the committed director of the BCCN Göttingen, which has become indispensable in the interdisciplinary context of Göttingen's research landscape, not least because of its excellent new generation.

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