How the Center was Formed
These initiatives also have substantial influence on society’s perception of neurosciences and help in forging a general consensus that neuroscience research is critical for a healthy development of our society in the future. A number of initiatives continually put Munich as a center for neurosciences on the screen of local, national, and international neuroscientists. For instance, more than 40 well-recognized researchers have been invited to participate in the prestigious MCN Monday Lecture Series, which has been held since 2007. Other events, like the envisaged Christmas Lecture in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts will further strengthen the center’s public outreach activities. In order to cover that increasingly important field of public relations, a PR coordinator and IT staff were recently funded by the MCN, and the implementation of modern means of internal and external communication, e.g. podcasts, iMCNLMU, is on the agenda for the future. A major aim of the center will be the creation of an efficient communication structure to promote scientific interaction within the MCN.
One of the main strengths of the center is that it combines cutting-edge research from world-class scientists with a wide range of teaching measures that cumulate in the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN-LMU). Here neuroscience teaching from B.Sc. to Ph.D. is provided in a well-structured form that undergoes continuous evaluation. Teaching within the GSN is complemented by undergraduate programs like the Amgen Scholars Programme, which provides research insights to top international students at an early stage. While these initiatives potentially scout for well educated bachelor students from abroad, other complementary MCN initiatives for advanced Ph.D. students and postdocs (such as the Harvard-LMU Young Scientists' Forum and the QBI-MCN Symposium) aim to promote an exchange of young scientists with other excellent neuroscience institutions around the world.