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Us and Our Brains – Neuroscience at the Crossroads

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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in englischer Sprache

The brain is often described as the most complex machine in the known universe. Modern neuroscience is an interdisciplinary science par excellence. What are the latest breakthroughs in this field? And where is research heading?

Director, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich; Director Cécile and Oskar Vogt-Institute of Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Speaker and Group Leader, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen
Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH, Berlin Chair

Dr. med. Katrin AMUNTS

Director, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich; Director Cécile and Oskar Vogt-Institute of Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf

1987-1991 Research assistant, Research Center Dummerstorf, Germany
1992 Postdoctoral, Fraunhofer Institute Berlin, Germany
1992-1999 Postdoctoral, C. & O. Vogt Institute, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf
1999-2008 PI "Brain Mapping", Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich
2004-2008 Professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping (W2), RWTH Aachen University, and PI, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich
2008-2013 Full professor (W3), Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Centre Jülich
since 2013 Full professor at the C. & O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Centre Jülich

Dr. Thomas GASSER

Speaker and Group Leader, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen

1993-1996 Staff Physician, Dept. of Neurology, Klinikum Großhadern, University of Munich
1997-2002 Consultant, Dept. of Neurology, Klinikum Großhadern, University of Munich
1999 Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director, Molecular Neurogenetics Laboratory and Movement Disorders Outpatient Unit, Dept. of Neurology, University of Munich
2002 Director, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease and Professor of Neurology, Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Center of Neurology, University of Tuebingen
2009-2012 Speaker, German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE), Tuebingen
2010 Dean for Research, Medical Faculty, University of Tuebingen
2013 Coordinator Clinical Studies, vicarious Speaker, German Center for Neurodegenerative diseases (DZNE),Tuebingen

DDr. Wolf SINGER

Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main

 Studied Medicine in Munich and Paris
 MD, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich
 PhD, Technical University in Munich
 Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt
 Founding Director, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
 Founding Director, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society
 His research is focused on the neuronal substrate of higher cognitive functions, and especially on the question how the distributed sub-processes in the brain are coordinated and bound together in order to give rise to coherent perception and action.

Dr. Jürgen MLYNEK

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH, Berlin

1970-1976 Studium der Physik, Technische Universität Hannover; Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
1976-1981 Hauptdiplom Physik, Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Institut für Angewandte Physik, Universität Hannover
1979 Promotion, Dr. rer. nat., Universität Hannover
1982 Post-Doktorand, IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose (USA)
1984 Habilitation, Universität Hannover
1983-1985 Hochschulassistent (C1), Universität Hannover
1985-1986 Heisenberg-Stipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
1986-1990 Assistenzprofessor, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich
1990-2000 Ordentlicher Professor (C4), Experimentalphysik, Universität Konstanz
1996-2001 Vizepräsident, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
2000-2005 Präsident, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2005-2015 Präsident, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
seit 2015 Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH, Berlin
seit 2019 Vorsitzender, Scientific Advisory Board, Europäisches Quantum Flagship

Technology Symposium

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21.08.2014

08:00 - 10:30Technology BrunchSocial
11:00 - 11:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2014Plenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI Policy at the CrossroadsPlenary
12:00 - 13:45Industry 4.0 – The Next Industrial Revolution?Plenary
14:15 - 15:45Stanford, this Year’s Special Guest at the Technology Symposium: Innovation and the Culture of FailurePlenary
18:00 - 19:30Us and Our Brains – Neuroscience at the CrossroadsPlenary
19:45 - 21:00Evening ReceptionSocial
19:45 - 21:00Career LoungeSocial

22.08.2014

07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 01: Technology – Global Market: Austrian Technologies for the Global MarketBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 02: Future Technology-Hotspots – Does Europe Stand a Chance?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 03: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Successful CopingBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 04: Agile and Robust Supply Chains – How to Manage Volatility Across Your BusinessBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 05: Bioenergy – The Way to the Future or a Dead End?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 06: The Cost of the City of the Future – Socio-Economic Aspects of Smart CitiesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 07: Smart Energy: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Energy TransitionBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 08: Science in Society – How to Overcome a DisjunctureBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 09: IP Strategies in Enterprises: Challenges for IP Management and Innovation PolicyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 10: How to Finance Research – Publicly or Privately? New Models for a Globalised WorldBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Breakout Session 11: Innovations in Acoustics: Future Trends in Industry and Modern LifeBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
14:00 - 14:45Digital UniversityPlenary
14:45 - 16:15Open Science – The Place of and for People in Our KnowledgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Cities at the CrossroadsPlenary
18:00 - 20:00Urban Innovators Challenge – The Future of CitiesPartner

23.08.2014

07:00 - 08:30Complexity Science – IPlenary
08:30 - 09:15Complexity Science – IIPlenary
09:45 - 11:15Innovation at the Art Science InterfacePlenary
11:15 - 11:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Snack ReceptionSocial