Mystery of the Brain

Science’s ultimate frontier

Symposium in honor of Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis

September 16 – 19, 2019, Neue Aula, Tübingen

Mysteries of the brain have inspired many bright minds over the past century. A product of natural evolution, the brain remains unbeatable by any man-made machine. The structural complexity and the dynamics of neural network self-organization require multimodal and multidisciplinary approaches providing information at all possible spatiotemporal scales. Sophisticated mathematical tools are a “must” in the endeavour of processing and understanding such multidimensional data, but are currently utterly insufficient in providing true “brain-analogues” in a formal language, or even realistic models for driving robots.  Data acquisition remains the only promising path, and not surprisingly, we have been witnessing massive and impressive developments of experimental tools permitting direct access to the brain’s mass. This symposium aims to present, discuss and enthusiastically promote multimodal approaches for tackling Brain Mysteries.


The schedule for all four days


32 world-leading scientists give a keynote

Public Forum

The importance of basic research towards solving mysteries of the brain

The symposium “Mystery of the Brain” was organized in the honor of Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis from 16 to 19 September, 2019. World-renowned scientists from prestigious institutions and universities were invited to provide insights into the cutting-edge research in neuroscience and gave exciting future perspectives for this field.

Lectures from 32

internationally renowned speakers

From over 20


During a 4

day symposium

Audimax, Neue Aula

University of Tübingen

The symposium “Mystery of the Brain” took place in the Audimax lecture hall of Neue Aula at the University of Tübingen.


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