Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Tübingen International Summer School (TISS) 2013

Neuroenhancement — What could we do and what ought we to do?


This year’s summer school will focus on the possibilities and perils of neuroenhancement from the perspectives of neurosciences, medicine and philosophy. We want to explore what could be achieved through neuroenhancements in theory, what can be done already, and where to draw the line.


PD Dr. Jens Clausen

Jens Clausen is assistant professor at the Institute for Ethics and History in Medicine, University of Tübingen as of February 2008, managing director of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the University Hospital Tübingen, and member of the Center of Integrative Neuroscience (CIN). He studied biology and philosophy and focuses his research on ethical and anthropological implications of modern neurosciences with special respect to brain technological devices, enhancement and regenerative medicine.

PD Dr. Markus Fendt

Markus Fendt is Group Leader at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Magdeburg. Goal of the research in his laboratory is to understand the neural basis of innate and learned emotions. To elucidate the anatomical, physiological and pharmacological processes that underlie emotions, his group uses a multidisciplinary approach. He held positions at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, and at the Department of Animal Physiology, University of Tübingen.

Dr. Dr. Andreas Franke

Andreas Franke works at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Mainz. His research interests are neuroethics and neuroenhancement. He studied medicine in Göttingen, Bern and Essen as well as sociology in Göttingen (MA). His dissertation in medicine was on apoptosis (programmed cell death in the retina of chicken and mice) while his sociological dissertation was on the topic of social resonance from different perspectives.

Stephan Schleim, Ph.D.

Stephan Schleim is assistant professor for Theory and History of Psychology at the University of Groningen. His research interests are the theoretical foundations of the neuro-sciences and the scientific communication thereof. He is participating in the public and academic discourse on neuroenhancement/brain doping for almost ten years. He studied philosophy, computer Science, and psychology at the University of Mainz and earned his Ph.D in cognitive science at the University of Osnabrück.

How to apply

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

Board and lodging (in double rooms) will be provided for. There are no participation fees to be paid, although traveling costs and beverages have to be covered by the participants.

For your application please do submit:

Applications should be sent to infospam or to our postal address:

FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen, Germany

Application deadline: July 1st, 2013

TÜBINGEN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).