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Tübingen International Fall School on Facets of Aging

Perspectives from Neuroscience and Humanities

Monday, December 5th, 2016, FORUM SCIENTIARUM

Tübingen International Fall School 2016 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.


We grow older than ever before in human history: people born today can expect a lifespan greater than a century. But where the individual sees promises of a long life, our society faces a fundamental transition - and we are only beginning to perceive its effects. Moreover, old age is associated with worries and fears. So it comes as no surprise that the public discourse on aging is also a discourse of crisis. Science, art and philosophy are starting to make a convincing case that the process of aging can be adequately described, perhaps not only as a mere degeneration, but as a transformation. The organisms and their brains constantly adapt, allowing us not only to compensate age-related decline but also to draw on formerly unavailable capabilities. Society as a whole could put this specific potential in the ever-increasing number of elderly people to constructive use.

In this year's fall school we seek to open up the exchange between biological sciences and neuroscience, and insights from the humanities to explore these various facets of aging.


Prof. Dr. Philipp Kahle, Tübingen
Philipp Kahle is a biochemist and heads the Laboratory of Functional Neurogenetics in the Department of Neurodegeneration at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Tübingen. He is interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

PD Dr. Axel Lindner, Neurowissenschaften, CIN

Dr. Martina Schmidhuber, Nürnberg
Martina Schmidhuber is Research Fellow at the Institute for History of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Fellow in the Emerging Fields Project Human Rights in Healthcare at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Dr. Dario Riccardo Valenzano, Cologne
Dario Riccardo Valenzano is a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and at the CECAD cluster of excellence in Cologne, Germany. His research is focused on discovering the evolutionary genomic bases of lifespan differences in wild species.

How to apply

The fall school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and graduate students working in neurobiology, neuroscience, medicine psychology, humanities, and other relevant disciplines.

There are no participation fees to be paid, although traveling costs and beverages have to be covered by the participants.
For participation you only need to submit a → registration form (docx)

Participants from outside Tübingen are invited to apply for a stipend covering accommodation expenses.
For your application for the stipend please do submit:

Applications should be sent to infospam or to our postal address:
FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen, Germany

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: November 15th, 2016.


8.30 am
Welcome by CIN & Forum Scientiarum and Introduction of Participants

9.00 am - 10.30 am
Dr. Philipp Kahle, Hertie-Institut, Tübingen, Germany:
"Biology of Aging in Health and Disease"

10.30 am - 11.00 am Coffee

11.00 am - 12.30 am
Dr. Dario Valenzano, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Köln, Germany:
"Aging and the genome: an evolutionary geneticist's perspective"

12.30 am - 2 pm Lunch

2 pm - 3.30 pm
PD Dr. Axel Lindner, Neurowissenschaften, CIN
"Cognitive Aging - Clues from Neuroscience"

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm Coffee

4.00 pm - 5.30 pm
Dr. Martina Schmidhuber, Institute for History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany:
"Aging - Philosophical perspectives and aspects of medical ethics"

5.30 pm - 6 pm
Concluding Remarks & General Discussion

8pm Dinner & Social