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Long Night of the Sciences at the Ernst Schering Foundation

23.05.2017, Berlin | The Ernst Schering Foundation participates for the first time when more than 70 science institutions in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors for the Long Night of the Sciences 2017 on June 24, from 5 p.m. until midnight. In its interior courtyard, the Foundation offers exciting neuroscience lectures on visual perception and human consciousness. In addition, there are guided tours of the exhibition “Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown” by Ivana Franke and inspiring conversations. An evening with Anil Seth, Michael Pauen, Melanie Wilke, Philipp Sterzer, Ivana Franke, and Elena Agudio.  


The exhibition by Ivana Franke offers up a magical moment: The artist composes light objects that both mesmerize and confuse the viewer. While ostensibly tangible and real, they cannot be grasped by the intellect and therefore remain unreal.

Visitors can experiment with their perception and observe how the light objects change as they walk through the exhibition. Lectures by renowned scientists provide in-depth insight into the exhibition theme and neuroscience research.

Come and visit us during the Long Night of the Sciences!

Long Night of the Sciences 2017

Ernst Schering Foundation
Interior Courtyard | Unter den Linden 32-34 | 10117 Berlin

June 24, 2017, 5 p.m. until midnight

The Ernst Schering Foundation will set up a ticket office during the Long Night of the Sciences.

Information on ticket prices and additional ticket offices is available here.

The tickets for the Long Night include admission to all events of the participating science institutions as well as public transport to and from the venues.

More information at


pdf A detailed program can be downloaded here

5 p.m. – midnight

Guided tours (in German and English)
Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown | by Ivana Franke

5:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown (in English)
Ivana Franke, artist, & Elena Agudio, curator

6:30 p.m.
Consciousness and the Predictive Brain
Lecture by Anil Seth (in English)

7:30 p.m.
Visual Consciousness and Its Disruptions
Lecture by Melanie Wilke (in German)

8:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion (in English): Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown
Ivana Franke, Anil Seth, Melanie Wilke, Philipp Sterzer & Michael Pauen

9:30 p.m.
The World in Our Head: How the Brain Creates Our Reality
Lecture by Philipp Sterzer (in German)

10:30 p.m.
Consciousness: The Mystery That Can Be Solved
Lecture by Michael Pauen (in German)


Photos top down:

1 - Logo LNDW
2 - © Ivana Franke, Photo: Kristina Lenard
3 - Anil Seth, (c) Mark Ware
4 - Melanie Wilke, (c) David Ausserhofer
5 - Philipp Sterzer, (c) Heidi Scherm
6 - Michael Pauen, (c) Daniel Friedrich

Ivana Franke, Photo: Kristina Lenard





















Anil Seth_(c) Mark Ware

Melanie Wilke_(c) David Ausserhofer


Philipp Sterzer_(c) Heidi Scherm


Michael Pauen_(c) Daniel Friedrich


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