Tübingen is a city at the heart of Baden-Württemberg in the South of Germany. It lies at the banks of the Neckar river, 30 km South of Stuttgart, and pleases the eyes of its visitors with its beautiful old town, the castle Hohentübingen and the famous Neckarfront with the tower of poet Hölderin. Tübingen is home to one of Germany’s best universities, the Eberhard Karls University which was founded in 1477. With around 30,000 students at only 85,000 inhabitants, life in Tübingen is dominated by students and academics.
Neuroscience in Tübingen
Neuroscience is a major research focus in Tübingen. Neuroscience research is conducted not only at the university and the university hospital (the ‘UKT’), which is home of the Tübingen MEG center, but also in several other research institutions such as the Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH), the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen (BCCN), the German Center for Neurodegenertive Diseaeses (DZNE), the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the Max Planck Institutes for Intelligent Systems and for Biological Cybernetics.
In 2012 Tübingen University successfully competed in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government. The rich variety and the high level of neuroscientific research in Tübingen, contributed substantially to the success.
Young scientists are an important part of the academic workforce in the Tübingen neuroscience community. Their support, advancement and education is fostered by the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience, which in the winter semester of 2013/2014 had about 150 PhD students enrolled.
Did you know that Tübingen …
- is the youngest city in Germany? The mean age was 39.0 years on December 31, 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)
- harbours the geographic center of Baden-Württemberg. It is marked by a stone, not far from the campus of the university hospital.