Summer School: Tübingen International Fall School (TIFS) 2016
Facets of Aging. Perspectives from Neuroscience and Humanities

from: 2016, 05 Dec - 08:30 to: 2016, 05 Dec - 18:00

Facets of Aging. Perspectives from Neuroscience and Humanities

September 19 – 22, 2016 at Cloister Heiligkreuztal

Tübingen International Summer School 2016 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.



We grow older than ever before in human history: people born today can expect a lifespan greater than a century. But where the individual sees promises of a long life, our society faces a fundamental transition - and we are only beginning to perceive its effects. Moreover, old age is associated with worries and fears. So it comes as no surprise that the public discourse on aging is also a discourse of crisis. Science, art and philosophy are starting to make a convincing case that the process of aging can be adequately described, perhaps not only as a mere degeneration, but as a transformation. The organisms and their brains constantly adapt, allowing us not only to compensate age-related decline but also to draw on formerly unavailable capabilities. Society as a whole could put this specific potential in the ever-increasing number of elderly people to constructive use.
In this year's summer school we seek to open up the exchange between biological sciences and neuroscience, and insights from the humanities to explore these various facets of aging.


Prof. Dr. Philipp Kahle, Tübingen
Philipp Kahle is a biochemist and heads the Laboratory of Functional Neurogenetics in the Department of Neurodegeneration at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Tübingen. He is interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Dr. Michael Ramscar, Tübingen
Michael Ramscar is member of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Tübingen. His work focuses on the nature of the information structures that give rise to human capacities for thought and language, first by trying to understand how thought and language can arise out of discriminative learning, and second, by exploring how this learning process is facilitated by information structures that have been culturally evolved over the course of history.

Dr. Martina Schmidhuber, Nürnberg
Martina Schmidhuber is Research Fellow at the Institute for History of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Fellow in the Emerging Fields Project Human Rights in Healthcare at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.PD Dr. Mark Schweda, Oxford Mark Schweda is senior researcher at the Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen. His research focuses on philosophical, bioethical, and sociocultural aspects of aging and the life course as well as on questions of political philosophy.

Dr. Dario Riccardo Valenzano, Cologne
Dario Riccardo Valenzano is a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and at the CECAD cluster of excellence in Cologne, Germany. His research is focused on discovering the evolutionary genomic bases of lifespan differences in wild species.

How to apply

The summer school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and graduate students working in neurobiology, neuroscience, medicine psychology, humanities, and other relevant disciplines. There are no participation fees to be paid, although traveling costs and beverages have to be covered by the participants. For participation you only need to submit a registration form. Participants from outside Tübingen are invited to apply for a stipend covering accommodation expenses.

For your application please do submit:

  • Brief cover letter

Applications should be sent to or to the postal address:
Doblerstr. 33
72074 Tübingen

Application deadline: November 15th, 2016

Location: FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Tübingen
  • Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
  • University of Tübingen
  • Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience
Contact: Dr. Axel Lindner