Director of the Donders Institute Guillén Fernández
Director of the Donders Institute Guillén Fernández
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Roshan Cools, the 'new' neuroscientist
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Memorandum of Understanding Donders and University of York

On Monday 11 May Guillén Fernandez, chair of the Donders Institute, and Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation of York University (Canada), signed a Memory of Understanding. The Memorandum aims at solidifying the existing research relationship and engaging in further collaboration in the areas of vision research and more generally the neuroscience of perception and action and their applications in health, computer science and robotics.

Furthermore the Memorandum focuses on active support for visiting scientists and students, identification and pursuit of large scale funding opportunities for multiple institutions and support for each other’s funding, research, and training initiatives whenever needed.

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A very special June:

June 10th: The official opening of the new wing at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is followed by a public “Celebration of Language” in the Grotius Building (14:00-17:00). Take a look at this link for further information:

June 22nd: Valkhof symposium and lecture. For the first time the Valkhof Chair, which is a honorary chair of the UMC for extraordinary female scientists, is given to a neuroscientist: Carmen Sandi, who is Director of the Brain Mind Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Please take a look at the brochure (pdf, 421 kB) for the program details and register for free.


June 25th cancelled: Unfortunately Prof. Robert Desimone had to cancel the Donders lecture, scheduled for June 25th. We will try to reschedule his lecture as soon as possible.


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