Heiligenberg Lecture Series History

Walter Heiligenburg
Walter Heiligenburg

Dr. Walter F. Heiligenberg was a professor of behavioral physiology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. His groundbreaking research identifying the function of neural networks for behavior has made him a world leader in the field of neuroethology. His seminal work on neural nets in electric fish elegantly combined electrophysiology and behavior with computational models and methods making him a pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience. In this tradition, the Walter Heiligenberg Lectures recognizes the most distinguished research in neuroethology and in identifying how complex behaviors emerge from the activity patterns of neural networks.

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2017
      Eric I. Knudsen

      How the brain decides what to think about next: Neural Mechanisms of Attention in Birds

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2016
      Hans A. Hofmann

      Evolutionary Neuroethology of the Social Brain

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2015
      Cynthia F. Moss

      Representing space through sound: What the bat's voice tells the bat's brain

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2014
      William Kristan

      Making Behavioral Choices: Neuronal Democracy, Republic, or Monarchy?

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2013
      Rudiger Wehner

      Insect Neuroethology: A Look into the Cockpit of a Desert Navigator

    • Heiligenberg Lecture 2012
      John G. Hildebrand

      Learning from Insect Brains: Explorations of a 'Simple' Olfactory System

  • Heiligenberg Lecture 2010
    Allison Doupe

    What Songbirds Can Teach Us About Learning and the Brain