The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) and the Research Center Neurosensory Science of Oldenburg University have created a new seminar series for young researchers in the Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences. The goal is twofold: we would like to strengthen the scientific networks of young researchers at regional institutions, and we would also like to give them an opportunity to practice presenting their projects, share methodological knowledge, and to discuss their findings in a friendly atmosphere. 

In two-month intervals, a Fellow of the HWK or an external guest speaker will meet with young researchers from the region working on related topics. The group will be kept deliberately small to create an intense work atmosphere, including a lecture of the guest speaker, presentations of the students and discussions of their projects with the speaker and other students. Registration is required, and those students who would like to actively participate by presenting their projects would have to submit an abstract beforehand. 

The seminar will take place on the last Tuesday of each odd-numbered month with the following agenda: 

14:00 h – 15:00 h    Presentation of the Fellow/ guest speaker
15:00 h – 15:30 h    Coffee break
15:30 h – 17:30 h    Presentations of regional PhD-students

November 27, 2012

Call for Abstracts / Registration

Deadline: October 31, 2012


Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst

Adaptation and Ongoing Signal Changes in Auditory and Visual Perception

Dear students, 

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) and the Research Center Neurosensory Science of Oldenburg University cordially invite you to our fifth “Hanse Feedback in Neurosciences” event. Dr. Bernhard Laback from the Austrian Academy of Sciences is currently Fellow at the HWK, hosted by Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier at the University of Oldenburg.
Dr. Laback is an expert on binaural perception in normal hearing and "electric" hearing with cochlear implants. As our guest speaker on November 27, 2012, he will talk about his project "Adaptation in the Binaural Auditory System”. The aim of that project is to study how the sensitivity to ongoing binaural information is affected by adaptation effects and signal changes. To obtain a broader view of the role of adaptation and the impact of signal changes in different modalities, students working on related topics in auditory and visual perception are encouraged to participate at this meeting. We will discuss the importance of signal changes, caused e.g. by object movement, head movement, or microsaccades, on the encoding of signal information and the potential impact of auditory or visual impairment on these processes.
Up to four Graduate Students will be invited to present their work. The topic is deliberately kept broad so that students with diverse backgrounds could profit from this format. Presenters will receive feedback on their projects – help with questions, methodological problems, but also “soft skills” – in a friendly atmosphere. If you are working on a theoretical/ modeling and/or experimental project related to adaptation effects in neurosciences, cognitive sciences, or related disciplines, and if you would like to present your project, please submit your abstract by October 31, 2012, using the form on our webpage. Selected students will be notified by November 5 so that there will be enough time to prepare the presentation. If you would like to participate as audience and discuss the presentations, please use the enclosed form to register for the event (without submitting an abstract). We encourage you to participate even without a presentation because you will profit from interesting presentations, exchanging research tips and methodological knowledge, and will be learning indirectly by the feedback to others. Participation is free of charge.


14.00h –15.00h          Presentation by Dr. Bernhard Laback (HWK Fellow)
                                      (45 min plus 15 min discussion)
15.00h –15.30h          Coffee break
15.30h –17.30h          Presentations of four regional Graduate Students
                                      (20 min each, plus 10 min feedback per talk)


Please use the Registration Form on the internet to submit your abstract. Deadline: October 31, 2012. Maximum length of abstract: 250 words (no figures please). Abstracts are selected for scientific excellence and for relevance to the topic of the session. Acceptance notice by May 4.


Please enter your name and contact information, your supervisor’s name, and the title of your project in the Registration Form (plus the abstract if you are applying for a presentation slot). Send the form back to mdaniel[ at ]h-w-k.deor fax it as indicated on the form.

Available technical equipment:

The HWK Lecture Hall is equipped with a high-performance light projector and a good sound system. We provide a PC with Power Point, video software, and internet connection. Presentation files can either be transferred to this PC using a USB stick, or presenters may use their own laptop. We provide a selection of MAC adapters, but recommend bringing your own adapter for VGA cables. A remote control for advancing slides and a laser pointer are also available. A flip chart is provided.


Tips for preparing your talk

Timing: Make sure to keep the time of your talk – maximum of 20 minutes. Practice your talk beforehand and limit the number of slides.

Slide design: Slides should provide a sufficient background contrast and letter size to ensure that the text is legible even from the back of the lecture hall. Check the size of figures and graphs. Try to keep the information simple – e.g., using bullet point lists instead of full sentences and using simple graphs instead of complex figures. Do not overdo animation effects – sparse use for emphasizing is recommended. 

Structure of the talk: Often it is useful to start with an overview of the talk to give some orientation to the audience. Make sure to introduce terms and concepts that may be new to the listener, and take into account that not everybody in the audience is an expert in your field. Provide a short summary and/ or take home message at the end.

Copyrights and acknowledgements: Show sources of pictures/ figures and provide references. Acknowledge people who contributed to your work. 

Oral presentation: Try to communicate the content as clearly as possible. Put yourself in the shoes of the audience. Make the talk lively and interesting by modulating your voice, creating surprise effects or using humor. Convey the enthusiasm you feel for your work! Do not talk too fast or too slow. If possible, rehearse your talk in front of the mirror or live audience before the real presentation.