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The Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience


The Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience extends all across Germany and nowadays has many international members throughout the world. The network got started in 2004 through an extensive funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Core elements of the Bernstein Network are the Bernstein Centers for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, Freiburg, Heidelberg-Mannheim, Munich and Tübingen. The network brings together researchers and scientific expertise in experimental and theoretical neuroscience in Germany and connects them internationally. The interdisciplinary dialog between experimentally and theoretically working scientists is of utmost importance and is fostered at all Bernstein Sites. With the Bernstein Conference the network organizes the largest annual computational neuroscience conference in Europe.

Scientists in the Bernstein Network significantly contribute to neuroscience programs at their local institutions educating young researchers. The cross-institutional program SMARTSTART specifically prepares young researchers for the interdisciplinary nature of computational neuroscience, embedding them in a fruitful research network at a very early career stage. 

The Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience is open to all researchers in the field or related subjects. Individual membership must be supported by two active Bernstein members. Find further information here.

Bernstein Centers


Network Committees


  • Chairperson
    Susanne Schreiber
    (BCCN Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Deputy Chairperson
    Matthias Bethge
    (BCCN Tübingen, University of Tübingen, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)
  • Treasurer
    Thomas Wachtler-Kulla
    (BCCN Munich, G-Node, LMU Munich)


  • Udo Ernst, University of Bremen
  • Julijana Gjorgjieva, Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M.; Technical University of Munich
  • Andreas Herz, BCCN Munich, LMU Munich
  • Jakob Macke, Technical University of Munich
  • Stefan Rotter, University of Freiburg
  • Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M.

The steering committee supports the work of the executive committee. It consists of scientists of the Bernstein Network. In 2017, the steering committee was elected for the first time in order to anchor the responsibility for the further development of the network more broadly and to support the executive committee in making important decisions.


  • Laura Bella Naumann, Technical University Berlin (students/ PhD candidates)
  • Katharina Wilmes, Imperial College London (Postdocs)