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Memory and Consciousness
Plasticity, Brain Rhythms and Sleep

Summer School 2014
Tübingen (Germany), July 30 - August 02, 2014


Funding: Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen



The Summer School “Memory and Consciousness – Plasticity, Brain Rhythms and Sleep” is organized by young researchers of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology of the University Tübingen (headed by Jan Born and Niels Birbaumer) and the Collaborative Research Centre “Plasticity and Sleep” of the Universities Tübingen, Lübeck and Kiel (TR-SFB 654, headed by Jan Born). These research institutions focus on states of diminished consciousness and the modulation of brain states, as well as on the consolidation of memory during sleep and the underlying plastic processes. Consciousness, sleep and plasticity are strongly intertwined processes and the intensive combination of these research areas is unique in Tübingen. The Summer School is intended for Master’s and PhD students as well as for young Post-Docs and senior scientists working in the fields of memory and consciousness, with a particular interest in linking memory processes, brain oscillations and different states of consciousness. Our aim is to highlight the bridges between memory and consciousness at different levels of abstraction and in different species.


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Confirmed Speakers    
Yadin Dudai (The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)  
Nicola S. Clayton (University of Cambridge, UK)  
Clive Wilkins (University of Cambridge, UK)  
Ted Abel (University of Pennsylvania, USA)  
Denise Manahan-Vaughan (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)  
Todd C. Sacktor (SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA)  
Cliff Abraham (University of Otago, New Zealand)  
Almut Hupbach (Lehigh University, USA)  
Rebecca Spencer (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)  
Loren M. Frank (University of California San Francisco, USA)  
Jennifer M. Windt
(Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany)  
Bruno Bontempi (Université de Bordeaux, France)  
Penny Lewis (University of Manchester, UK)  
Georg Northoff (University of Ottawa, Canada)  
Jacobo Sitt (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France)  


Social program

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 (evening): Opening, Welcome reception

Thursday, 31 July 2014 (evening): Sommerinsel, enjoy good food and local vine at a scenic pond in the heart of Tübingen´s Old Town.

Friday, 1 August 2014 (evening): Dinner Party

Saturday, 2 August 2014 (afternoon): Closing, farewell, „Stocherkahn“punting trip on the river Neckar (

During breaks and in addition to the scientific program, you may:
- take a walk through the Old Town,
- get to know some of the city's most attractive sites in a guided city walk,
- maybe even head to the famous Hohenzollern Castle ( or the Black forest (




updated 25.08.2014