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Opening of the Freiburg Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and first national symposium of all Bernstein Centers

In October, Neurosciences in Freiburg can look forward to two major events: the grand opening of the Freiburg Bernstein Center and the first ever national symposium of all German Bernstein Centers (Berlin, Göttingen, Munich and Freiburg, October 2005).

The opening ceremony for the Freiburg Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) will take place in the lecture theatre of the Department of Zoology, Hauptstr. 1, on Monday 10 October 2005 at 10 am.

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Jäger, Rector of the Albert-Ludwigs University, welcomes national and international guests and in his speech pays tribute to the significance of the Freiburg Center for the University. Professor Dr. Georg Fuchs, Dean of the Faculty of Biology that takes a leading role in the center, will outline the integration of the center into the faculty. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides the start-up funding for the center. Background information to this are provided by the Head of Division, Dr. Jürgen Roemer-Mähler. The involvement of industrial research and application in biomedicine and neurotechnology is an essential aspect of the BCCN Freiburg. This approach is illuminated by Prof. Edgar Körner of the Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH.

The BCCN Freiburg is embedded into the trinational context of the Upper Rhine region. Professor Paul Pevet, Director of the trinational neuroscience network NEUREX, outlines the scientific aspect of this collaboration. International networking is also the topic of the subsequent series of talks by representatives of internationally leading research centers in Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and funding agenicies in the US, beginning at 12 noon in the Zoology lecture theatre.

Following its official opening, the Freiburg Bernstein Center is happy to host the first symposium of all four German Bernstein Centers in Freiburg from 10 - 12 October. To start with, all centers will outline the current state of their research. However, the symposium will also act as a forum for scientific exchange and an opportunity for forming new collaborations. Representatives of the press are cordially invited both to the opening ceremony and the subsequent series of lectures.

Contact person  
Prof. Dr. Ad Aertsen  

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg,
Institute for Biology III

Phone: +49 (0)761-203-2718