The central theme of the Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences at the HWK is “Brain Worlds”.

This thematic framework comprises three interconnected perspectives:

  • The world in the brain: the brain’s representation of the environment and the shaping of the brain by the external world;
  • Brains in the world: the effects of neuroscientific research on our sense of self, i.e. how we perceive ourselves as brains in the world and shape the environment with our brains;
  • Cultural Intelligence: the connection of these two perspectives. 

The world in the brain

Brains in the world

Cultural Intelligence connecting the brain and the world



The current Call for Applications for Regular und Junior Fellowships of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg can be found here. The deadline is July 15, 2019.

Moreover, scientists from the field of medical-clinical research are eligible to apply for a Joint Research Fellowship in collaboration with the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen. Information and application guidelines for this program can be found here. Deadline: September 2, 2019.

Postdocs from the field of hearing research, who would like to collaborate with the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4All may apply for the new Joint H4A & HWK Fellowship (duration 24 months: 9 months Fellowship in residence at the HWK, afterwards 15 months research position at the University of Oldenburg). More information can be found here.

Hanse Lectures in Neurosciences

In the “Hanse Lectures in Neuroscience” series, we invite renowned speakers to hold lectures and visit the HWK and labs in the Region, usually on the last Thursday of the month during the semester at 6pm. After the lecture, all guests are invited to join the speaker for an informal dinner with the opportunity for further discussion, therefore your timely registration is appreciated.

Please send an E-Mail to Dr. Dorothe Poggel if you wish to receive invitations for the Hanse Lectures on a regular basis or if you would like to suggest a speaker. 

31. January 2019

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

"Vocal learning, chorusing seal pups, and the evolution of human rhythm."

Dr. Andrea Ravignani

Sealcentre Pieterburen, The Netherlands and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

25. April 2019

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

"Brain stimulation for treatment of schizophrenia symptoms: clinical and neural effects."

Prof. Dr. André Aleman

Cognitive Neuro-psychiatry, Departments of Neurosciences and Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

23. May 2019 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm




27. June 2019 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

"What can be done when data is not big but short and fat?"

Prof. Dr. Frank Klawonn

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Biostatistics, Braunschweig

17. October 2019 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

Title TBD (computational neuroscience, cortical network dynamics, neural circuits, synaptic plasticity) 

Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt

28. November 2019 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

Title TBD (QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, quality criteria in science, open science) 

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl

QUEST Institute, BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research & Experimental Neurology, Charité, Berlin

30. January 2020 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

Title TBD (sensorimotor integration, motor learning, songbirds, electrophysiology, imaging) 

Dr. Daniela Vallentin

Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, Animal Behavior and Neuroscience, Free University Berlin