International Symposium

Molecular Basis of Sensory Senses meets Quantum Biology

The PhD students of the GK organized and international Symposium to ask the question wether Quantum effects are in sensory biology.

There wille be talks and workshops from the interdisciplinary field of sensory science.


Tuesday, 06.10.2015; Barcelona, PRBB, Room: Ramon Y Cajal

16:00 – 16:45           Aljoscha Schulze, Barcelona, Spain                       


17:00 – 17:45           Sylvia Dyballa, Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday, 07.10.2015, Barcelona, PRBB, Room: Ramon Y Cajal

10:00 – 11:30             Keynote Lecture: Christoph Lienau, Oldenburg, Germany

12:00 – 12:45             Niek van Hulst, ICFO Barcelona, Spain

14:00 – 14:45             Carles Curutchet, Barcelona, Spain

15:00 – 15:45             Mercedes Alfonso-Prieto, Barcelona, Spain 

16:00 – 18:00             Introduction to the workshop:  “Quantum effects in sensory biology”


Thursday, 08.10.2015, Barcelona, PRBB, Room: Ramon Y Cajal


10:00 – 10:45           Carles Lalueza-Fox, Barcelona, Spain

11:15 – 13:00           Workshop: “Quantum effects in sensory biology”

In the workshop “Quantum effects in sensory biology”, we will then deal with literature on other biological fields in which quantum effects play a role: Vision, olfaction, avian magnetoreception and cell communication.

14:00 – 18:00           Karl Koch Workshop International Cooperations, Oldenburg, Germany


Friday, 09.10.2015, Terrassa, GBMI


10:00 – 10:45        Pere Garriga, Terrassa, Spain

11:00 – 11:45        Ana Méndez, IDIBELL Barcelona, Spain

12:00 – 13:00        Campus tour

14:00 – 17:00            Poster Session


Migratory birds can use a variety of environmental cues for orientation. A primary calibration between the celestial and magnetic compasses seems to be fundamental prior to a bird’s first autumn migration. Releasing hand-raised or rescued young birds back into the wild might therefore be a problem because they might not have established a functional orientation system during their first calendar year. Here, we test whether hand-raised European robins that did not develop any functional compass before or during their first autumn migration could relearn to orient if they were exposed to natural celestial cues during the subsequent winter and spring. When tested in the geomagnetic field without access to celestial cues, these birds could orient in their species-specific spring migratory direction. In contrast, control birds that were deprived of any natural celestial cues throughout remained unable to orient. Our experiments suggest that European robins are still capable of establishing a functional orientation system after their first autumn. Although the external reference remains speculative, most likely, natural celestial cues enabled our birds to calibrate their magnetic compass. Our data suggest that avian compass systems are more flexible than previously believed and have implications for the release of hand-reared migratory birds.

2nd Career Day in Neuroscience

On June 19th, 2015 the PhD program "Neuriosensory Science and Systems" will organize the 2nd Career Day in Neuroscience. After the great success of our first event in 2013 we would like to give you again the chance to get insights into different career paths of mostly Alumnis, who worked and studied in the field of neuroscience at the University of Oldenburg.

We will provide you with short talks of individual persons working in different fields of neuroscience (Hearing, Engineering, Biochemistry etc.), round table talks where you can have a more detailed exchange with the speakers and a job fair to directly talk to representatives of different companies about their requirements on applicants.

Research Training Group-Symposium on Fluorescence 6/7.10. 2014 at the HWK


Publication of RTG Member Henrik Mouritsen and his Group in Nature:

Anthropogenic electromagnetic noise disrupts magnetic compass orientation in a migratory bird

Study leader Henrik Mouritsen explains how his team showed that man-made electromagnetic noise affects robin orientation.



Speaker of the RTG

Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch
Tel.: +49-(0)441-798-3640
Raum: W4 1-137
E-mail: karl.w.koch(at)


Finance and Administration

Gabriele Ahrens

Raum W4 1-167
Tel. +49-(0)441-798-3336
Fax +49-(0)441-798-193336


Scientific Coordination

Dr. Petra Hülper
Tel.: +49-(0)441-798-3882
Raum: W4 1-167
E-mail: petra.huelper(at)


Monday 10.00-12.00h and
Wednesday 9.00-11.00h