What the Brain Is Capable Of

NeuroDoWo Conference for early-career researchers held for first time at CITEC

How does the nervous system work? How are decisions made mentally, and how are the mind and the brain connected? Neuroscience addresses these kinds of questions. Around 50 doctoral researchers from this interdisciplinary academic field will come together to attend the “NeuroDoWo” conference at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) from 3 until 5 August 2016.

NeuroDoWo stands for “Neurobiology Doctoral Students Workshop,” though it is not just neurobiologists who will be in attendance, but also doctoral students in computer science, psychology, physics, and medicine whose work also deals with the nervous system. Since 1990, doctoral students have organized and hosted the annual NeuroDoWo conference at various universities around Germany, including the Humboldt University of Berlin (2014) and the University of Cologne (2015). This is the first year the conference will be hosted at CITEC. 

At the conference, the early career researchers will present and discuss their doctoral research projects in the form of short talks and poster presentations. Topics range from chemical signaling substances  called semiochemicals in fruit flies to the question of how activity in the brain’s visual cortex changes with attention. 
This workshop is about both “wet” neuroscience, so to speak, in which organisms like cell and brain tissue cultures are examined directly, as well as “dry” neuroscience in which data that has already been obtained is then analyzed. Behavioral science researchers, who study human brain activity, will also present their work at NeuroDoWo.    

Professor Dr. Martin Egelhaaf, a neurobiologist, will open the workshop on Wednesday with a plenary talk . Egelhaaf heads the Neurobiology research group at Bielefeld University, which is also part of CITEC. He researches how insects’ visual systems work, and how these are connected to their behavior. Around a third of the research groups at CITEC are engaged in neuroscience-based research questions.  

On Thursday, Dr. James Poulet, a neurobiologist at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, will also speak about his research. Dr. Poulet investigates, among other topics, how nerves control the front paws in mice, including their sense of touch and movement.

On Friday, Dr. Albert Newen, professor of philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum, will give his talk. Dr. Newen’s research addresses social signals and consciousness, among other topics. 
The workshop is being supported by the CITEC Graduate School, which was founded in 2008 as part of the Cluster of Excellence. The CITEC Graduate School is the central institution providing advanced academic study and qualification in the field of cognitive interaction technology at Bielefeld University.  

More information is available online at:
Workshop website: http://neurodowo.nwg-info.de

Catharina Glowania, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: +49 521 106-5702
Email: catharina.glowania@uni-bielefeld.de