Creating the Future

Why do children and adults learn differently?

Sympo­sium 2024

On July 11, 2024, the 9th Hector Fellow Academy sympo­sium entitled "Why do children and adults learn differ­ently?" will take place in Hamburg and via livestream in cooper­a­tion with Univer­sität Hamburg .

The scien­tific organizer is Brigitte Röder, Profes­sor of Biolog­i­cal Psychol­ogy and Neuropsy­chol­ogy at Univer­sität Hamburg. The event will be moder­ated by Andrea Grieß­mann, TV presen­ter and book author.



Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren, Presi­dent of Univer­sität Hamburg


Talk 1: Neuronal mecha­nisms of learn­ing in children

Dr. Sebas­t­ian Frank, Univer­sity of Regens­burg, Insti­tute for Psychology


Talk 2: The melody of the immature brain

Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, Univer­sity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppen­dorf, Insti­tute of Devel­op­men­tal Neurophysiology


Talk 3: How impor­tant are early child­hood experiences?

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Röder, Univer­sität Hamburg, Insti­tute for Psychology


Talk 4: Epige­net­i­cally supported imprint­ing of trauma and violence

em. Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert, Univer­sity of Konstanz, Clini­cal Psychol­ogy and Neuropsychology


Panel Discus­sion

with the partic­i­pa­tion of Prof. Dr. Martin Korte, Technis­che Univer­sität Braun­schweig, Zoolog­i­cal Institute


Closing Words

Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner, Manag­ing Direc­tor of the Hector Fellow Academy

The event contin­ues the series of symposia held by the Hector Fellow Academy through­out Germany. Here, renowned experts present current research topics in a gener­ally under­stand­able way and discuss visions for the future. The Hector Fellow Academy is a young academy of science that promotes cutting-edge inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research in the STEM fields.

In cooper­a­tion with Univer­sität Hamburg

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July 11, 2024, 6 pm


Univer­sität Hamburg
Main Build­ing (ESA 1), Lecture Hall A
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1
20146 Hamburg


The event will be broad­casted via livestream.

Scien­tific Host

Prof. Dr.

Brigitte Röder

Univer­sität Hamburg

Hector Fellow since 2017Disziplinen Brigitte Röder


Andrea Grieß­mann

TV presen­ter & author

Dr. Sebas­t­ian Frank

Univer­sity of Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz

Univer­sity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Prof. Dr.

Thomas Elbert

Univer­sität Konstanz

Hector Fellow seit 2009

Prof. Dr. Martin Korte

Technis­che Univer­sität Braunschweig