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

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 7pm. 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. 


1. February 2018

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

“Spontaneous brain activity in healthy subjects and Parkinson’s disease”

Prof. Dr. Esther Florin

University of Düsseldorf, Germany

19. April 2018 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

“Brain implants for phantom perception: past, present and future”

Prof. Dr. 

Dirk De Ridder

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

26. April 2018 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

TBD (visual attention, perceptual learning, EEG, fMRI)

Prof. Dr. Jens Max Hopf

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology/ Neurology Clinic, University of Magdeburg, Germany

28. June 2018 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm




25. October 2018 

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

TBD (social cognition, evolution of language, ethology, experimental psychology)

Prof. Dr. W. Tecumseh Fitch

Dept. of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria  

29. November 2018

18.00 Uhr/ 6.00 pm

TBD (cognition, perception, emotion, and consciousness, research using fMRI and EEG, in healthy brains and after brain lesions)

Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier

University of Geneva, Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, Switzerland