Cooperation of the Hertie Foundation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).
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.
With several thousand participants, the Forum of European Neuroscience is the largest European congress of brain research. The congress takes place every two years in alternating European cities. Since 2004, the Hertie Foundation has shouldered the sponsorship of one of the main presentations of this congresses, always held by renowned researchers.
The ninth Hertie Foundation Lecture will be held at 15 July 2020 at the Forum of European Neuroscience in Glasgow (UK) by neuroscientist Dr. Karl Deisseroth (Chair: Fritjof Helmchen, Stanford). The title of his lecture will be „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".