Anne-Sophie Hafner

Forming Long-term Memories from Unstable Components

Thursday 22 June 2023, 7 pm - 9 pm
The speaker at this year's last alumni lecture before the summer break is neurobiologist Anne-Sophie Hafner. In her research, she tries to understand how stable memory can be formed by unstable components.

Despite their role in long-term information storage, synapses are highly dynamic and composed of rather short-lived components. In the adult mouse brain, it takes a couple of days for half of the excitatory synapses to be replaced. Similarly, at the molecular level most synaptic proteins are destroyed after a week, meaning they constantly need to be replaced by freshly produced ones.

Thus, understanding how long-term memory can arise from unstable elements is one of today’s neuroscience’s greatest challenges. In this lecture, Dr. Anne-Sophie Hafner will explain how she is trying to solve the mystery.


19.00 - 19.30  Welcome
19.30 - 20.30  Lecture
20.30 - 21.00  Drinks

Language lecture


Thursday 22 June 2023, 7 pm - 9 pm
Anne-Sophie Hafner
Huygens Building
Contact information

This alumni lecture is organised by Team Alumni Relations of the Faculty of Science. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email: alumni [at]

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