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Alexandra Stein new head of BCOS

Since February 1, 2017, Alexandra Stein heads the Bernstein Coordination Site (February 2017).
Alexandra Stein neue Leiterin der BCOS

During her PhD studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Alexandra Stein investigated the neuronal mechanisms of periodicity coding in the auditory system. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Bernstein Center Munich and subsequently started to work in the field of science management within the framework of the Excellence Initiative. From 2006 to 2011, she coordinated the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) and also significantly contributed to the establishment of the GSN. Since 2011, Alexandra Stein has been Special Advisor Natural Sciences and Medical Research at LMU's GraduateCenter.

The Bernstein Coordination Site (BCOS) is the national and international representation of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. BCOS is part of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine 6 Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6) at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and is a Branch Office of the Forschungszentrum Jülich at the University of Freiburg. BCOS supports the scientists of the Bernstein Network with a wide range of measures, for example through the organization of the annual Bernstein Conference and other scientific events, the representation of the network at international scientific conferences as well as press and public relations work. BCOS is responsible for the organization and coordination of all activities and events of the Smart Start Joint Training Program in Computational Neuroscience. Prior to the integration of BCOS into Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) supported it as a separate funding line with around 2.6 million € as from 2007.

In the years to come, a particular challenge for BCOS will be the long-term establishment of the Bernstein Network and its continuous development. With a neuroscience background, a broad experience with the Computational Neuroscience community, and an extensive expertise in science management, Alexandra Stein has the most valuable qualifications for these tasks.