Science that tackles challenges in society
The research conducted at the Donders Institute has enormous potential for benefiting society. Therefore, our science is geared towards current and anticipated societal issues and challenges. We aim to generate and transfer knowledge, share facilities, and work together. We reach out to public and private societal partners to interact and collaborate.
To stimulate and support cooperation between our researchers, external researchers and partners in society, we formulate and take on Challenges. These are initiatives that can harness the strength of our research, and the knowledge or facilities of partners, in order to address specific society-related problems that should be resolved within 6 years.
You don’t have to be a genius to gain a strong memory
Memorising items by visually putting them in a familiar environment is a known technique that successfully helps people to memorise names, numbers, a shopping list, or even a big set of data during memory championships. Training the brain with this so-called ‘memory palace’ even improves longer term memory, Donders Institute researchers show.
The Donders Institute has all facilities required for studying brain, cognition and behaviour and is taking the lead in developing and implementing new techniques. We offer companies including start-ups and SME's to use their equipment.
In the media
How does your memory work? This question is answered by Lisa Genzel at De Universiteit van Nederland. Via media our researchers share knowledge and educate the public. This is a small selection of our media appearances.
Work with us?
Are you interested in collaborating with our scientists? We are always looking to connect with organizations, institutes or business partners to start new projects, initiate relevant research or to consult.
Our science is organised in four research themes. Click below to find out where your project fits in. Or look for a specific researcher or research group here.
Brain lessons for primary schools
The Donders Teaching kit aims to educate children about neuroscience. Donders Institute researchers, in collaboration with an international team of teachers and scientists, have created an easy-to-use, interactive teaching kit about neuroscience. This teaching kit can be used by primary school teachers in their classrooms.
Spin-offs and start-ups
Turn your webcam into a mind reader with the technique of Mindtrace. Improve teaching with serious games by Marbelous Minds. Or translate scientific models into practical use with the help of Big4Data.
Scientific entrepreneurship led to some valuable young companies. Learn about more recent examples.