The University of Tübingen is one of 11 universities in Germany that have been successful in obtaining funding in all three funding lines of the German government's Excellence Initiative, selected in a highly competitive process run by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (WR). The Excellence Initiative aims to promote top-level research and to improve the quality of German universities and research institutions in general, thus making Germany a more attractive research location and increasing its international competitiveness.
Read more about the three funding lines:
|Institutional Strategy: Research - Relevance - Responsibility|
"Research - Relevance - Responsibility" is the University of Tübingen's strategy to further strengthen its excellent basic research position and to complement it with an emphasis on practical applications and support for young scientists.
Specific areas of action include:
|Excellence Cluster: Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)|
TRC Partners involved: Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Natural and Medical Sciences Institute Reutlingen, University of Tübingen, University Hospital Tübingen
The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) is the joint platform of systematically oriented neuroscience at the University of Tübingen. The CIN is an Excellence Cluster within the framework of the Excellence Initiative funded by the German federal and state governments.
Founded in 2008, the CIN currently includes close to 90 independent researchers and their teams from three University faculties and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen's Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, as well as various other internal and external partners developing practical applications for neuroscience research.
The Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience (GTC) is an integral part of the CIN, supporting junior researchers via three interconnected graduate schools. The GTC's dedication to the next generation of neuroscientists affords the CIN a large pool of outstanding talent to draw on, with many of the CIN's staff directly involved in training.
Scientists at the CIN work in five interdependent research areas to investigate how the brain generates its different functions such as perception, memory, emotions, communication and movement, and how diseases of the brain impede these functions. The CIN is guided by the conviction that only a consistently integrated approach will advance such efforts. This requires the participation of a broad range of disciplines: biology, medicine, physics, information technology and engineering, as well as cognitive science and the humanities.
At the CIN, neuroscience is pursued on three levels, reflecting the disciplinary diversity. While one research area is dedicated to exploring the interplay of general and domain-specific cognitive systems as the basis for human behaviour, scientists in two additional areas are investigating neural networks as the foundation of information processing and the cellular and synaptic processes which drive this processing.
The differing methods applied in these areas are connected through the pursuit of similar goals: scientists from the humanities and natural sciences jointly study the requirements for complex behaviour, such as concepts of space and magnitude or theory of mind. The implementation of these cognitive and behavioural functions in neuronal hardware is approached at the level of neuronal networks. Finally, key principles of neuronal processing and network architecture are investigated by manipulation at the molecular level.
Two further research areas fill cross-sectional roles: the sensitivity and specificity of imaging techniques and methods as well as the relationship between recorded signals and their physiological basis are an important focus here, with regards to both the normal and the diseased brain. Research in this area further explores the relationship between metabolic signals and neuronal processes, offering vital contributions to the development of new techniques in MEG and fMRI with improved resolution.
To mitigate lost sensory organ or brain functions, neuroprosthetic devices must be developed. These replace receptors or neuronal networks destroyed by disease with technical systems interfacing with the brain or, alternatively, genetically altered cells. Research emphasizes the visual modality. Furthermore, brain-computer interfaces, in which signals of cortical origin are used to control external devices, are studied in-depth.
|Graduate School: LEAD Graduate School and Network|
The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network features an integrated research and training program on Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development. It is funded within the framework of the prestigious Excellence Initiative of the German State and Federal Governments. The LEAD mission is to achieve cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary context, to contribute to the evidence-based approach in educational policy by securing empirical data on "what works" in education, to train highly qualified experts for research and practice, and to find answers to some of the most challenging questions in education.
To this end, LEAD integrates several research fields as core disciplines of the research and training program, including education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, informatics, psychiatry, and linguistics. Five interface areas of high scientific priority are being investigated within an innovative interdisciplinary approach. An integral part of the program is the establishment of the LEADing Research Center as a central research facility which assists researchers in applying new research methods and enhanced study designs, in securing access to the field, and in disseminating research results to public, practice and administration.
Updated 21/12/2016 4:43pm