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April talk in the Cognition Colloquium: Simon B. Eickhoff
Our Faculty Member Simon B. Eickhoff will talk about “Technical, conceptual and practical considerations on neuroimaging-based prediction of cognitive phenotypes” in the April Colloquium.
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March talk in the Cognition Colloquium: Isabel Dziobek
In March, our Faculty Member Isabel Dziobek will give a lecture entitled “From social robotics to participatory research:  What we can learn from the study of autism for mental health challenges of the 21st century”.
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Final Evaluation of the Max Planck Schools

Final Evaluation of the Max Planck Schools

The pilot phase of the Max Planck Schools will come to an end the fall of 2025. To ellow for a continuation of the project and to initiate other Max Planck Schools, a final evaluation was necessary. The Max Planck School of Cognition was evaluated at the end of January of 2023. This was also a welcomed opportunity to look back at past milestones and forward into a creative future.
February talk in the Cognition Colloquium: Yee Lee Shing
The first female speaker in the Cognition Colloquium will be Yee Lee Shing from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. On 13 February 2022, she will talk about “Memory and predictive processing across the lifespan”.
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January talk in the Cognition Colloquium: Patrick Haggard
We are very happy about our next speaker in the Colloquium Series - Patrick Haggard who will talk about “Postulating and studying mental processes: The case of volition”. Mark your calendar for 4 pm on 16 January 2022. 
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First Cognition Academy with 4 Cohorts in Berlin
This month, we were able to host the first complete Cognition Academy with 4 cohorts at Harnack Haus in Berlin. Many scientific talks, networking events, student presentations, soft skill courses, and a murder mystery dinner made the week a successful mini conference for all participants. more
First Cognition Colloquium by Daniel S. Margulies
On 17 October at 4 pm CET, Daniel Margulies will be the first speaker in our new colloquia series. The title of his talk is "Cortical gradients of functional integration". The abstract can be found under “more”. more
Welcome Days of cohort 2022

Welcome Days of cohort 2022

The Max Planck School of Cognition invited the new doctoral candidates of 2022 to Harnack Haus in Berlin for the Welcome Days. Candidates were presenting their previous work, learnt about the program and were introduced to all things School of Cognition. 
Max Planck Schools’ Day 2022

Max Planck Schools’ Day 2022

The Max Planck Schools were able to celebrate the new cohorts of all three schools on September 5th 2022 at Harnack Haus in Berlin again this year.
Many inspiring talks by faculty and students, a panel discussion on Interdisciplinarity, as well as BBQ, drinks, and networking made the day a great event for everyone invited and provided the perfect initiation of the new students.

Cognition Academy at castle Eckberg in Dresden

The July 2023 Cognition Academy took place in the beautiful Schloss Eckberg in Dresden. Speakers from all over the world joined us online or in person. We had workshops, talks, student networking events and student presentations. Science was not the only highlight, however. Planned and unplanned social events took place throughout the week. All in all, science, summer vibes and—for once—students of all cohorts and the Coordination Team came together at a castle overlooking the Elbe river during this past Cognition Academy.
Networking event at the German Embassy in Paris
On July 12th 2022, the organisation Research in Germany invited foreign students and researchers to the German Embassy in Paris for a informal networking event to discuss options to study or work in Germany. The Max Planck School of Cognition was part of the initiative. more
Prof Katrin Amunts, speaker of the Max Planck School of Cognition, receives two prestigious prizes
Prof. Katrin Amunts received two very special awards for her outstanding commitment to the field of neuroscience this month. She was presented with the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the prestigous Hector Science Award. more
Flipping the class room
Tomoko Koda and Tzu-Huan Lin are the Learning Designers of the Max Planck School of Cognition and Photonics. Their job is to make the schools’ teaching and learning format as engaging and effective as  possible. For this, they have been supporting the Flipped Classroom model which this article will talk about.   more

The Max Planck Schools discuss innovative eLearning
In an online article at the study portal FindAPhD,  Johanna Rapp from the central team for all three Max Planck Schools describes the new and innovative approach to digital learning at our program. more
Max Planck Schools celebrate successful interim evaluation
24 June 2021
After an interim evaluation of all three new Max Planck Schools, the success and potential of these novel graduate programs are presented at a Max Planck Society's Senate Meeting. more
Festival of Philosophy
18 May 2021 
The Festival of Philosophy is taking place mostly virtually from May 26th though July 2nd 2021 in Hannover. This year, the theme is "Wisdom and Science" and is co-chaired by Martin Stratmann, the president of the Max Planck Society. We are proud to announce that our students Bojana Grujicic and Pietro Nickl as well as our fellow John-Dylan Haynes are part of the program. more
Max Planck Schools expand network of Fellows
17 May 2021
As of October 01, 2021 onwards, 120 Fellows have been reappointed and 14 newly appointed.
134 scientists from German universities and research organizations have been appointed as “Fellows of the Max Planck Schools” by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann and the President of the German Rector’s Conference (HRK), Peter-André Alt. Amongst the highly distinguished Fellows are one Nobel laureate and 18 Leibniz award recipients. more
“Meet the brightest minds on the planet”: Falling Walls x Berlin Science Week 2020, November 1st – 10th, featuring Professor Katrin Amunts
The Max Planck School of Cognition is proud to announce that our speaker and fellow Professor Katrin Amunts, who is also Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Brain Research at University of Düsseldorf in Germany, has been selected as one of the finalists for this year's Falling Walls Conference. more
MPS-Cog @ OHBM2019 in Rome, Italy

MPS-Cog @ OHBM2019 in Rome, Italy

13 June 2019
We had a wonderful time at the annual #OHBM the last days. Great scientific lectures and exciting discussions with you about our PhD program have given us a wonderful time. Thanks a lot for this.💙
Douglas Adams...

Douglas Adams...

09 June 2019
... was a British writer, who had passion for science and for satirical style. You may know him from the Science Fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 💫
Daniel J. Siegel...

Daniel J. Siegel...

06 May 2019
..., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explores which aspects of human life are affected by bonding experiences. 👨‍👩‍👧
Why should I choose Germany for my abroad PhD Studies?
18 April 2019
If you're still looking for the perfect program to do your doctorate, a new opportunity in Germany should be on your list. Plus, in Germany you can expect a fantastic research infrastructure and of course high-ranking science institutions such as the new Max Planck Schools. more
Noam Chomsky...

Noam Chomsky...

15 April 2019
... one of the most influential linguists of present times, brought the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and computer science together.
Thank you!

Thank you!

11 April 2019
We would like to extend a big thank you to all invited applicants who have met us in Berlin for the last two days for an interview. 🤝 Even if we will not be able to offer all candidates a place in our PhD program, we hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. 💛 Already looking forward to the next application period.
Introducing: Michael Brecht
4 April 2019
He is a neurobiologist, professor of "Animal Physiology / System Neurobiology and Neural Computation" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and works at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience. 🧠 He is also one of our fellows and studies active touch and object recognition, social and sexual touch, cortical organization, cellular basis of sensations and movement generation, as well as hippocampal and parahippocampal activity linked to spatial navigation. photo: © Neurocure, 2011
Hello from Berlin!

Hello from Berlin!

20 March 2019
Yesterday we attended the MindBrainBody Symposium 2019 and were able to hear many exciting lectures on cognitive, affective and social neurosciences, cognitive neurology and neuropsychiatry, psychology and other behavioral and social sciences. In addition, we were able to make many new contacts. 🤝 🧠
Helen Thomson...

Helen Thomson...

11 March 2019
... is the science teacher you wish you'd had at school. 👩‍🏫
Introducing Christine Heim
8 March 2019
Prof. Christine Heim, Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité Berlin, focuses her research on areas such as developmental psychobiology, neurobiology of depression and anxiety disorders, psychoneuroendocrinology, and the neural correlates of stress and emotion. She is also one of our esteemed fellows. 👍🏼
Harnack House Berlin: International meeting place for the scientific community
27 February 2019
Since its foundation in 1929, the Harnack House in Berlin has been a centre of international scientific exchange. Many well-known scientists have met here ever since, so it is the perfect place to meet with the invited applicants for interviews. We're looking forward to getting to know you. more
Paul Valéry...

Paul Valéry...

23 March 2019
... was an important philosophical author of the 20th century. 
António Damásio...

António Damásio...

7 February 2019
... is a prominent Portuguese neuroscientist and consciousness researcher. He examines the neural foundations of language and cognition as well as the connection between feeling, emotion and good sense. 🧠
Introducing Hauke R. Heekeren
2 February 2019
He is one of our Berlin-based fellows and professor for Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Freie Universität Berlin – Hauke Heekeren. His lab mainly investigates the neuroscience of decision-making.

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