Talking Science with Christof Koch

Talking Science is a unique opportunity to meet and talk about neuroscience with a leading researcher in an informal atmosphere - a two-day program for the PhD students of LMU, TUM, and the MPIs.

This year's guest is Christof Koch (President and Chief Scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle).

Christof Koch graduated from the University of Tübingen with a M.S. in physics and received his PhD in nonlinear information processing from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, in 1982. He then moved for post-doctoral studies to the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. In 1986, he joined the faculty at Caltech, where in 2000 he became a Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology. He joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle in 2011 as the Chief Scientific Officer. Since 2013 he has been at the Allen Institute full-time, and became the President in 2015.

His interests are in experimental, computational and theoretical neuroscience, with an emphasis on understanding the neural basis for consciousness, the biophysical mechanisms underlying neural computations and the role and mechanisms of selective visual attention. He is also a prolific author of books for both scientists and the general public, among them Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist and The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach, as well as the widely-used textbook Biophysics of Computation.

The program consists of two talks and round table discussions on science and life in science. Additionally, there are spots for lunch or dinner with Dr. Koch. Sign up HERE!

Wednesday, 20.12. at 18:30 LMU Biocentre B01.019
Julius Bernstein Lecture: Consciousness and its Physical Basis
Thursday, 21.12. at 11:00 LMU Biocentre D00.003
Lecture and discussion: Big Science, Team Science and Open Science in the Service of Neuroscience
Thursday, 21.12. at 14:00 LMU Biocentre D00.003
Round table discussions
Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis University)
Gilles Laurent (MPI for Brain Research)
Ed Boyden (MIT)
Larry Abbott (Columbia University)
Nikos Logothetis (MPI for Biological Cybernetics)
May-Britt Moser (Kavli Institute of Systems Neuroscience)
Karel Svoboda (Janelia Research Campus)
Markus Meister (Caltech)

Talking Science is made possible through the generous support of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Munich and organized by: