Two CoTeSys PIs new members of Bavarian Academy of Sciences

03/07/2012 : 08:41

Prof. Alexander Borst, CoTeSys Principal Investigator, was appointed an ordinary member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian academy of sciences). Dr. Alexandra Kirsch, CoTeSys Principal Investigator, was appointed to their development program (Förderkolleg), effective as of March 1, 2012.

Prof. Alexander Borst, director of the department Systems and Computational Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, has been elected as ordinary member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The election is based purely on scientific excellence. As one of the oldest and largest scientific academies in Germany, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (founded in 1759) is not only a traditional learned society, but at the same time an important scientific institution of international importance.

Since 2001 Prof. Alexander Borst is director of the department Systems and Computational Neurobiology at the max Planck institute of Neurobiology. In the focus of his research is the visual center of flies, which he examines at certain levels from the membrane properties of single neurons and their pharmacology to their behavior in the flying navigating animal.

Dr. Alexandra Kirsch, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group, TUM, with her research project on Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence is among six young professional researchers with their own research projects who were appointed to the development program. 

With its program the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften specifically promotes young professionals in Bavaria. Its program members have access to a top-class forum which allows for an interdisciplinary scientific exchange. Furthermore, the membership includes an annual research stipend of €12,000. The program runs for a period of three years with the possibility of extension for up to six years upon successful evaluation.

CoTeSys congratulates Prof. Borst and Dr. Kirsch warmly to their appointments!