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Scientific Awards

To promote computational neuroscience, the Bernstein Network awards scientific prizes on a regular basis. The Valentino Braitenberg award is directed at established researchers, the Brains for Brains award invites promising young scientists from all over the world to become acquainted with Computational Neuroscience research opportunities in Germany.

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Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience

The award is named after Prof. Dr. Valentino Braitenberg (1926, Bozen - 2011, Tübingen), one of the founding directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Braitenberg's research area was the fine structure of the brain and its functional principles; his groundbreaking work focused on the cerebral and cerebellar cortex. He also invented the world-renowned "vehicles" - autonomously controlled vehicles that produce very complex behaviors on the basis of simple interconnections between sensors and motors. With his novel research approach that combined anatomy, physiology and theory, Valentino Braitenberg was a pioneer of the modern research discipline Computational Neuroscience and has significantly contributed to the development of biological cybernetics, which has in turn inspired robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Brains for Brains Award

Since 2010, the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience Association e.V. annually awards the Brains for Brains Award and thereby invites promising young scientists from all over the world to become acquainted with Computational Neuroscience research opportunities in Germany. Applicants should plan to pursue a research career in Computational Neuroscience and have at least one peer reviewed publication (as coauthor) or peer reviewed conference abstract (as first author) that was submitted before starting doctoral studies and was accepted or published in the year or preceding year of the award ceremony.

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