Light in Biology — Photosynthesis, Visual Processes and Neuronal Applications
The Hector Fellow Academy invites you to its 8th Symposium, which will take place in Berlin on July 6, 2023 at 6 pm. The public evening event will be focused on the topic of "Light in biology — photosynthesis, visual processes and neuronal applications".
Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann is head of the working group for experimental biophysics and Hertie Senior Professor of Neuroscience at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The world’s leading expert in photobiology is one of the founding fathers of optogenetics. He will be the scientific host of the 2023 symposium. Peter Hegemann was able to win Dr. Lauren Sumner-Rooney (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin), Prof. Dr. Athina Zouni (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) as well as Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer (University Hospital Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center) for exciting talks.
Lauren Sumner-Rooney is an Emmy Noether Junior Group Leader at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Her current research focuses on parallel eye and brain changes in animals living in different light environments, from eagle-eyed hunters to blind cave dwellers. Athina Zouni is professor at the Institute of Biology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research focuses on the biophysics of photosynthesis. Hannah Monyer is professor at Heidelberg University Hospital and at the German Cancer Research Center. She is one of the leading international scientists in the field of brain research. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that lead to synchronous neuronal network activity and thus enable cognitive processes such as learning and remembering.
The annual symposia of the Hector Fellow Academy aim at placing current scientific issues in a socio-political context. Discussion rounds promote the dialogue between science and the public and help to initiate forward-looking discourses.
We look forward to welcoming you to the symposium in 2023!
Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal, President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann, Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Talk: "Photosynthesis adventure"
Prof. Dr. Athina Zouni, Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Talk: "Seeing the world through animal eyes"
Dr. Lauren Sumner-Rooney, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Talk: "Optogenetics as a tool for the study of learning and memory"
Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer, Clinical Neurobiology, Heidelberg University Hospital and German Cancer Research Center
Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner, Managing Director of the Hector Fellow Academy
*Subject to change
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut of Biology
Hannah MonyerNeurowissenschaften, Gedächtnisforschung
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg und Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
Lauren Sumner-RooneyBiology, Evolution and Biodiversity
Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science