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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 2023

    Darcy Kelley
    Evolving Neural Circuits for Vocal Communication

  • 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