Winter School 2012

The 7thWinter School was held from the 31st of October until the 4th of November in Aachen, Germany.

Since Hurricane Sandy kept us tense until the very start, we were especially happy to nevertheless finally  welcome most of our colleagues from UPenn in Aachen.  Our program for the four days included short presentations of ongoing studies and finished dissertation projects from 30 students. A discussion of the projects followed in thesis committee meetings, which gave new, valuable impulses and will strengthen the students in their progress. Also new PhD and MD students from Aachen took part in the annual winter school. These students will be the last cohort to take part in the IRTG 1328, which will terminate in 2015.

Highly interesting invited talks were held from Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann and Kerstin Konrad on “Adolescence and adolescence motherhood” or from Sonja Gruen on “Dynamics and interaction in the cortical network”. The stimulating symposia on “Diffusion-MEG multimodal imaging” from Tim Roberts and Bill Gaetz as well as „The neuroscience of relational thinking“ by Anjan Chatterjee completed the rich scientific program.

Since the Winter School also included social events like an excursion to Maastricht and several joint evenings, new contacts were made and existing friendships were deepened. We are now looking forward to another year of fruitful, common work and to our next Winter School, which will be held in Philadelphia.