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Heiligenberg Lecture Series History

Walter Heiligenberg
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 2022 Dan Feldman

    Neural Coding of Whisker Touch

  • Heiligenberg Lecture 2021 Leonard Maler

    Spatial Learning via Active Sensing: Evidence for Cell Assemblies in the Fish Telencephalon?

  • Heiligenberg Lecture 2019 Catherine Carr

    Brainstem Codes for Sound Localization

  • Heiligenberg Lecture 2018 Harold H. Zakon

    Electric Fish and Ion Channels: Neurobiology Meets Molecular Evolution

  • 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