Science requires a lively exchange of exciting ideas and latest insights. Being able to meet leading researchers in their fields and discussing their work is thus an important factor for young scientists in the further planning of their scientific research work and for the development of scientific networks. Scientific schools have proven themselves as one possibility of intensive exchange between young and established researchers. The principle is that leading researchers in a field ("Faculty") are united with a manageable number of especially promising young scientists ("Students") for about one week in a stimulating but remote place. These schools have garnered a great reputation especially in the US for supporting young talent. The young researchers exchange ideas between themselves, receive stimuli for further research from experts, and make international contacts.
In cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the Hertie Foundation has been conducting their one-week Winter School with about 35 participants once a year since 2003.
The next FENS Hertie Winter School will take place from December 3 to 9, 2023 at the Center of the University of Innsbruck in Obergurgl (Austria). The subject of the neuroscience conference is "Neuroscience of Mental Health". Jonathan Roiser (London), Patrizia Campolongo (Rome) and Carmen Sandi (Lausanne) will be the scientific chairs.
With several thousand participants, the Forum of European Neuroscience is the largest European congress in brain research. The congress takes place every two years in alternating European cities. Since 2004, the Hertie Foundation has sponsored one of the keynote lectures at this congress, which always attracts renowned researchers.
The eleventh Hertie Foundation Lecture will take place on 29 June 2024 at the Forum of European Neuroscience in Vienna (Austria). The speakers will be Prof. Dr. Gregoire Courtine and Dr. Jocelyn Bloch, scientists working at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). The title of their talk is "Neurotechnologies that reverse motor and autonomic paralysis".
The tenth Hertie Foundation Lecture took place at 11 July 2022 at the Forum of European Neuroscience in Paris (France) by neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Song-Hai Shi. The title of his lecture was "Assembly and operation of the neocortex".
The ninth Hertie Foundation Lecture has been held at 15 July 2020 at the virtual Forum of European Neuroscience in Glasgow (UK) by neuroscientist Dr. Karl Deisseroth (Chair: Fritjof Helmchen, Stanford). The title of his lecture was "New approaches to studying intact brain structure and function".
The eighth Hertie Foundation Lecture took place on July 8, 2018 at the Forum of European Neuroscience in Berlin. The American scientist Dr. Leslie B. Vosshall held a lecture on the topic "Thirst for blood: The neurobiology of mosquito behavior".
Hertie Network & Academy. Das Hertie Network of Excellence in Clinical Neuroscience und die Hertie Academy of Clinical Neuroscience fördern und vernetzen exzellente Neurowissenschaftlerinnen und -Wissenschaftler. Das Programm ist ein einzigartiges Forschungsnetzwerk und Nachwuchsförderprogramm für die klinischen Neurowissenschaften.
Eric Kandel Prize. With the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize, the Hertie Foundation aims to recognize outstanding young scientists in the field of neuroscience for their achievements and to contribute to their advancement in their research careers.