In the BCCN, research groups from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, from three faculties of the University of Göttingen (physics, biology, and medicine), the German Primate Center, and the research lab of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH collaborate in joint projects on the adaptivity of the nervous system ranging from the level of single synapses to the level of cognitive processes. Answering the underlying questions require a combination of sophisticated experimental methods with both mathematical modelling and computer simulations. With its funding measure "National Network for Computational Neuroscience", the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), Germany, provides funding for this field of research and has founded four "Bernstein Centers for Computational Neuroscience" in Göttingen, Berlin, Freiburg, and Munich. The coordinator is Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization.
In the BFNT, research groups from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, from three faculties of the University of Göttingen (physics, biology, and medicine), the German Primate Center, and the research lab of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH collaborate in joint projects. Moreover, active collaboration with industrial partners further defines the scientific and technological core of the BFNT Göttingen: Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, MED-EL GmbH, and Thomas Recording GmbH. The Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) in Göttingen focuses on the investigation and design of Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems. In a Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop System biological and technical components are functionally tightly linked to form a control loop where a neuronal system influences a technical device, which in turn provides feedback to the neuronal system. Such systems require the extraction and analysis of neuronal activity, by which the device is adaptively controlled, and the generation of appropriate stimulation signals for neural control. Coordinator of the collaboration partner MPIDS is Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel.
International Max-Planck Research Schools (IMPRS)
Focus: Health research program.
Interdisciplinary cooperation and large-scale studies comprise the basis for future-oriented and patient-oriented cardiovascular research. In the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) scientists find the opportunity for such research projects. The DZHK offers them a collaborative framework to jointly implement research ideas- better and faster than they were able to do so previously.
Aim of the project is the understanding of the behavior of complex fluids (eg, an oil-water mixture) in porous media (rock formations in oil reservoirs). A model is developed in which the various system parameters such as roughness, wettability, contact angle, viscosities, etc., can be varied to investigate their influence both experimentally and theoretically. The Project Geomorph is funded since 2009 by BP plc (UK) within the EXPLORE program, in which, in addition to the MPI-DS, also the University of Twente (NL) is involved.
The Heart Research Center Göttingen (HRCG) investigates the mechanisms which lead to heart diseases and the aggravation of already existing heart diseases. Based hereon, new diagnostics and procedures shall be developed to improve patient care.
HIERARCHY is an Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission under in the People Programme of FP7. The aim of the HIERARCHY is the training and education of young researchers in the field of nanosciences, in particular in controlled assembly.
Project “Mechanical properties of dense granular fillings in presence of wetting fluids” (ETH Zurich and MPI-DS).
Mixtures of solid particles with sizes on sub-millimeter scale with liquids play a prominent role in many areas of process engineering and industrial production. Medical agents in powder form, for example, are mixed with liquid binders and molded into tablets afterwards. Under this project, a standardized model of the cohesive forces of the capillary bridges and liquid clusters are developed and used for simulations of the contact dynamics of the particles. Long-term goal of the project is to link the particle dynamics with models of fluid transport and to simulate the dynamics of particle collectives over large times and length scales realistically.
SFB 755 Nanoscale Photonic Imaging aims at resolving structures and dynamics in space and time on the nanometer scale and on timescales extending over many orders of magnitude down to the femtosecond range.
The interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center 889 "Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing" was established by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The last decades have witnessed tremendous progress in our understanding of soft matter and biological systems on the molecular level. A number of ingenious techniques have been developed, which allow not only visualization on the molecular scale but even more importantly offer the possibility to control, probe and manipulate materials and their constituents on submicrometer to nanometer scales. Yet our understanding of the cooperative dynamics of the molecular components is rudimentary in spite of its immense importance for the spatio-temporal organization of biological matter and its relation to function.
Turbulent flows are a key to an understanding of the emergence and the evolution of a variety of geo- and astrophysic systems, where rotation, convection or magnetic fields can be involved.
Bridging the Gap between Molecular Motion and Continuum Flow: During the last decade, micro- and nanotechnology has become an important industry. This development has been assisted by a funding policy supporting the design of miniaturised mechanical structures and complex micromachines through which fluids move. To date, however, little attention has been paid to the actual transport of fluids in these confined geometries, even though the fluid flow on increasingly smaller scales cannot always be properly described by conventional continuum equations: physical phenomena which can be neglected on the macro scale become dominant as the length scale diminishes.