The Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience

On 12 September 2008, Dr. Andreas and Dr. Thomas Strüngmann founded the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience. The ESI has the legal form of a “gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (gGmbH)”, i.e. a non-profit corporation, with the Strüngmann brothers as “Gesellschafter” (partners). To finance the ESI, Dr. Andreas and Dr. Thomas Strüngmann founded the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation (ESF).

The ESI’s founding directors are Prof. Wolf Singer and Prof. Pascal Fries. In July 2009, Prof. Fries became the ESI’s first director and managing director. On 1 April 2011, when Prof. Singer assumed emeritus status at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, he joined the ESI as Senior Research Group leader. In October 2011, Dr. Ilka Diester joined the ESI as a Research Group leader. Three years later, she followed an appointment as a Professor at the University of Freiburg. In May 2012, Dr. Michael Schmid started his Emmy Noether group at the ESI.

Currently, the ESI comprises the department of Prof. Fries, the Senior Research Group of Prof. Singer as well as the Research Groups of Dr. Hermann Cuntz, Jean Laurens, Dr. Martin Vinck, Dr. Helene Schmidt, Dr. Rosanne Rademaker, and the Research Group jointly led by Dr. Martha Havenith und Dr. Marieke Schölvinck. In April 2021, David Poeppel took on the position of managing director.

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Animal Research

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Equal Opportunities

To further develop and strengthen the excellent research conducted at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience, we need to recruit the best in their field applies equally to women, men and other gender identities, regardless of nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin and sexual identity.

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Dr. Andreas and Dr. Thomas Strüngmann The twins Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann were born in 1950. They both did a university study and obtained PhDs; Andreas as a medical doctor, Thomas as an economist.

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Consultative Board

The consultative board of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience is a central element in linking the institute to the public and society.

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ESI Board

The Board of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience decides on all overarching scientific questions. Every five years, its members are newly appointed by the Max Planck Society and the benefactors Dr.

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Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization. It was founded on February 26, 1948, and is the successor organization to the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, which was established in 1911.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience is to conduct excellent fundamental brain research. The focus lies on the systems neuroscience level, at which we try to understand how the many neurons of the brain work together to bring about our conscious experiences and our behavior.

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Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board will be involved in the scientific evaluation of ESI. Its members are appointed for six years. The Scientific Advisory Board visits ESI every two to three years.

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Dr. Ernst Strüngmann

Ernst Strüngmann - in memory of his guidance and advice, the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation was established, which finances the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience | Picture credit: private Our institute is named .

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