Lectures & Events
The ultimate goal of the MCN is to create a network that will bring together all groups and disciplines with interests related to questions of neurobiology, cognition, and “brain & mind”. In addition to direct support of teaching initiatives and research collaborations, the center also strives to bring publically relevant issues and topics within neuroscience to the greater community. The MCN strives to achieve this, for example, by organizing lectures open not only to the neuroscience community but also the general public.
The first LMU Lecture Series, a cross-faculty initiative debating current interdisciplinary themes by international speakers, was held in the 2006/2007 academic year. Under the title "Ecce homo! Menschenbild - Menschenbilder" (Behold the man! Concept(s) of man), the 15 lectures presented a selection of concepts on humanity. The events were co-organized by the Munich Center for Ethics, one of MCN's Collaborative Research Centers.
During the 2010/11 academic year, a university wide, interdisciplinary series of 15 lectures titled “Der Mensch und sein Gehirn” (Man and his Brain) was co-organized by MCN. Topics included the evolutionary basis of the human brain, brain development and regeneration, epilepsy, the vestibular system which controls balance, learning and plasticity, logic, Alzheimer‘s Disease, and ethics. More details
Monday Lecture Series and
Munich Neuroscience Lecture Series
The Monday Lecture Series, open to the neuroscience community, featured high-profile local and international experts covering an interdisciplinary spectrum of current research. Lectures have taken place monthly during both academic semesters on Munich’s high-tech Campus in Martinsried. Starting with the 2016 Summer Term, the MCN Monday Lecture Series has developed into the Munich Neuroscience Lecture Series, aiming to expose students and faculty of the greater Munich area to key figures across fields in neurosciences. The newly established series was initiated by the the Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, the Munich Center for Neurosciences of Ludwig-Maximilians-University and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neurosciences.
Munich Christmas Lecture Series
Upon invitation by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, the MCN co-organized an inaugural lecture of the Munich Christmas Lecture Series, which shall be held annually at the Residenz in Munich. The Christmas Lecture Series was inspired by the traditional Christmas Lecture of the British Royal Institution. The first lecture was held on December 19th, 2011 by Wolfgang Klein from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (Netherlands) on beauty and aesthetics.
See the Munich Neuroscience Calendar for an actual listing of current events.