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Neuroscience and Society

30.07.2014, Berlin | On August 4 – 29, 2014, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies will host the 19th edition of the long-standing summer school “Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN). As part of the ACCN, the Ernst Schering Foundation supports the Science & Society Session on “Neuroscience and Society,” which examines the conflicts and controversies between brain research and society in three evening lectures.

The first lecture, by Erik De Schutter on August 6, 2014, at 8 p.m., focuses on the topic of “Data Publication to Improve Data Sharing.” Viewing the community of scientists as a cooperative system, he asks how the systematic publication of data can help this community to accelerate research and to make it possible to deal more efficiently and ethically with data obtained from animal experiments. The second lecture, “Ethics in Science and Good Scientific Practice,” by Hans-Joachim Pflüger on August 13, 2014, at 8 p.m., deals with various ethical issues in neuroscience research, which in recent years has been under increased pressure to account to society.
Finally, the third lecture by J. Kevin O’Regan on August 27, 2014, at 8 p.m. addresses the philosophical implications of the neurosciences. Entitled “A Sensorimotor Account of Consciousness,” it investigates how today’s neuroscientific knowledge influences our understanding of consciousness and thus of ourselves.
The summer school is aimed at advanced students and postdocs from different disciplines such as neuroscience, physics, mathematics, and psychology. More information on the summer school is available here.

Under its program focus on the life sciences, the Ernst Schering Foundation supports the Science & Society Sessions (Schering Sessions), which look at the natural sciences from sociological, philosophical, ethical or artistic perspectives and make it possible for the participants of a scientific event to broaden their view beyond the limits of their own discipline. 

ACCN 2014
Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2014


August 4 – 29, 2014

Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
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60438 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 798 47600
E-Mail: fias

For more information, please contact the Ernst Schering Foundation by phone at ++49 (0)30-20 62 29 60 or visit