Magdeburg and Neuroscience
Magdeburg has a long tradition in neuroscience research that started with the seminal work published by Hans-Jürgen Matthies and associates on the mechanisms and characteristics of LTP in the 1970’s and 80’s. After reunification the German Science Council strongly recommended to build up on this tradition and to create a neuroscience campus that combines this tradition with cutting edge new technology and novel approaches at all levels of investigation ranging from functional brain imaging in humans to the study of signal molecules in synapses. Over the last 20 years Magdeburg has become one of the high-profile neuroscience centers in Germany with a major strength in Integrative Neuroscience. This focus is documented in our local cooperative research projects (SFB 779, SFB 854) and graduate school (GRK1167, LGS) as well as our participation in transregional research projects at the national (TRR31, TRR62,) and international level (NPlast, etc.).
A particular strength on our research activity lies in the tight collaboration of the Otto von Guericke University with its partners the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders, which is bundled in the CBBS. As a graduate student you become part of a striving and multidisciplinary group of researchers working at the frontier edge of neuroscience research.
Life in Magdeburg
Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, with some 230.000 inhabitants today actually the second most greenest city in Germany. With its familial atmosphere and affordable rents it is an attractive place for its 20.000 students.
In the city you can experience Magdeburg’s rich history back to when it became the imperial seat of king Otto I. in the late 10th century. The magnificent romanesque cathedral dated back to the year 1207 and the almost 1000 year old monastery “Unser Lieben Frauen” are today’s most prominent witnesses to Magdeburg’s importance and wealth in the middle ages. The nearby “Hasselbachplatz” with its art nouveau buildings is one of the most favorite places in town for student’s living and entertainment downrown and the “Breiter Weg” just north of it providing central shopping facilities.
Magdeburg is a very green city, with its numerous parks and the river running just in its middle. Several theaters and an internationally recognized puppet theater provide a diverse cultural program. Regular events such as the “Europafest Magdeburg”, “Fète de la Musique”, “New Orleans Jazz Festival”, the medieval festival and the great Christmas market set additional highlights throughout the year.
Living and studying in Magdeburg offers you a broad spectrum of leisure activities to quickly settle in and get familiar with the city. An overview about all upcoming events and activities in sports, culture and gastronomy in and around MD is published on a regular basis on platforms like dates, urbanite and magdeboogie as well as on the municipal website of the city Magdeburg and the event calendar of the mvgm.
Friends of theatre, art and exhibitions will find a wide range of cultural activities in the Theater Magdeburg, the “Theater an der Angel”, the “Puppentheater”, in the “Moritzhof” and at numerous museums of the city. Every semester you have the opportunity to sign in for Campus Sport from the Otto von Guericke University or become active by exploring the Elbe cycle route. Several intercultural organisations such as the KanTe e.V., IKUS and the Studentenwerk organize and support creative activities to connect international and German students and to fill Magdeburg with life. The culinary highlights and nightlife of Magdeburg you can discover on one of the markets or streetfood festivals and in many bars, pubs and restaurants around the Hasselbachplatz.