The central theme of the Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences at the HWK is “Brain Worlds”. This thematic framework comprises three interconnected perspectives:

  • The world in the brain: the brain’s representation of the environment and the shaping of the brain by the external world;
  • Brains in the world: the effects of neuroscientific research on our sense of self, i.e. how we perceive ourselves as brains in the world and shape the environment with our brains;
  • Cultural Intelligence: the connection of these two perspectives. 

The world in the brain

Brains in the world

Cultural Intelligence connecting the brain and the world


The current Call for Applications for Regular und Junior Fellowships of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg can be found here. This year the deadline will be July 15, 2021.

Moreover, scientists from the field of medical-clinical research are eligible to apply for a Joint Research Fellowship in collaboration with the Oldenburg School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Information and application guidelines for this program can be found here. This year, we anticipate a deadline in August 2021. 

Postdocs from the field of hearing research, who would like to collaborate with the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4All may apply for the Joint H4A & HWK Fellowship (duration 24 months: 9 months Fellowship in residence at the HWK, afterwards 15 months research position at the University of Oldenburg). More information can be found here. This year the deadline will be July 15, 2021.

Hanse Lectures

In the “Hanse Lectures in Neuroscience” series, we invite renowned speakers to hold lectures and visit the HWK and labs in the Region, usually on the last Thursday of the month during the semester at 6pm. After the lecture, all guests are invited to join the speaker for an informal dinner with the opportunity for further discussion and informal exchange. We appreciate your timely registration so that we can plan the catering accordingly!

Please send an E-Mail to Dr. Dorothe Poggel if you wish to receive invitations for the Hanse Lectures on a regular basis or if you would like to suggest a speaker. 

Please note that during the pandemic all Hanse Lectures will take place online!

In April 2021, we start the series "Hanse Lectures Nova" as a forum of introducing new professors in the region and their research. 

The current program of all Hanse Lecture can be found here (please select "Hanse Lectures in Neurosciences" from the dropdown menu).

Thursday, 29. April 2021 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker: in preparation
Institution: in preparation
Title: in preparation

Thursday, 27. May 2021 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Janine Kirstein
Institution:  Cell Biology, University of Bremen
Title:  in preparation

Thursday, 24. June 2021 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Andrea Hildebrandt
Institution:  School of Medicine and Health Sciences/ Psychological Methods and Statistics, University of Oldenburg
Title:  in preparation

Thursday, 1. July 2021 - 18.00 Uhr
Series: Hanse Lectures in Neurosciences
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Richard M. Shiffrin
Institution:  Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Title:  in preparation

Thursday, 28. October 2021 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda
Institution:  School of Medicine and Health Sciences/ Ethics in Medicine, University of Oldenburg
Title: in preparation

Thursday, 25. November 2021 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck
Institution:  Synthetic Biology, Universität Bremen
Title: in preparation

Thursday, 22. January 2022 - 6.00 pm
Series: Hanse Lectures Nova
Speaker: in preparation
Institution:  in preparation
Title: in preparation