Hanse Lectures

In der Serie „Hanse Lectures“ werden während der Vorlesungszeit jeweils am letzten Donnerstag im Monat renommierte Sprecherinnen und Sprecher zu Vorträgen und Kooperationsbesuchen eingeladen. Im Anschluss an den Vortrag findet jeweils ein Abendessen statt, das zum informellen Austausch einlädt. Wir bitten um rechtzeitige Anmeldung, damit wir das Catering planen können!

Bitte senden Sie eine E-Mail an Dr. Dorothe Poggel, wenn Sie in den E-Mail Verteiler aufgenommen werden möchten oder wenn Sie Vorschläge für zukünftige Vortragende haben. Übrigens: die Lectures umfassen thematisch alle Gebiete, die im Bereich "Brain & Mind" des HWK vertreten sind, also nicht nur Neuro- und Kognitionswissenschaften im engeren Sinne.

Aktuelle und zukünftige Hanse Lectures

1. Juni 2023 - 18.00 Uhr (HYBRID - Präsenz & Online)
Prof. Dr. Remko Soer 
Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Groningen-Pain Center & Associate Professor Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Chronic Pain; symptom or disease? Explaining the role of the autonomic nervous system.
Abstract: “Chronic pain has an enormous impact on patients and society as a whole. With a prevalence of 20% in Western countries and annual societal costs of approximately €28 billion in Germany, it ranks the first place on the GBD-Years Lived with Disability list. At this point of time, over 85% of all chronic pain, is regarded as non-specific in nature, hence, a solution for chronic pain is unavailable. Its prevalence is expected to rise in the upcoming decades, because of increased mental load and ageing of the population. Increasingly, studies conclude that chronic pain should be regarded as a biopsychosocial disorder and not as a pure somatic local problem. One of the proposed mechanisms in the transition of acute to chronic pain relates to the concept of central sensitization. A cascade of events in the peripheral, central and autonomic nervous system, as well as in the hormonal system occurs, leading to maladaptations in the body reflecting a disease, rather than a symptom. As such, Chronic Pain has for the first time been adopted in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). In this lecture, Remko will discuss the implications and rationale for including and reporting chronic pain as an independent disease, rather than a symptom. He will take you along in the adaptations of the autonomic nervous system, especially the role of heart rate variability and will discuss therapeutic options from a holistic, yet (neuro)physiologic standpoint.”


  • 29. Juni 2023 - 18.00 Uhr (HYBRID - Präsenz & Online)
    Prof. Dr. Günther Palm
    Professor Computer Science/ Head of the Department of Neural Information Processing, University of Ulm, Germany
    Thinking, why and how?


Wintersemester 2023/24

  • 26. Oktober 2023 - 18.00 Uhr (HYBRID - Präsenz & Online)
    Sprecher/in und Titel in Vorbereitung
  • 30. November 2023 - 18.00 Uhr (HYBRID - Präsenz & Online)
    Sprecher/in und Titel in Vorbereitung
  • 25. Januar 2024 - 18.00 Uhr (HYBRID - Präsenz & Online)
    Sprecher/in und Titel in Vorbereitung