Since the early eighties, neurosciences and closely related disciplines have been strong at the University of Tübingen, at the University Clinics, and at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Biological Cybernetics. Back then, biologists, clinicians, and cognitive neuroscientists at these institutions established together DFG-funded neuroscientific Collaborating Research Centers (SFBs), which formed the 'seed crystal' for a growing neuroscience research scene in Tübingen. After two decades of consolidation and moderate growth of this scientific field, it was in the early years of 2000 that the neurosciences in Tübingen experienced an extraordinary boost that established Tübingen as a major location for neuroscience research not only in Germany, but also in Europe. The chronology in brief:
2001 - Foundation of the ‘Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research’ (HIH) as part of the ‘Center for Neurology’ at the University Clinics
2005 - Inauguration of the ‘Cyberneum’, a state-of-the-art virtual reality research facility at the MPI
2006 - Establishment of the ‘High-Field Magnetic Resonance Center’ at the MPI campus
2007 - Funding of a Cluster of Excellence in Tübingen and foundation of the ‘Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience’ (CIN). The application for and establishment of the CIN also functioned as a catalyzer for the then single Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences to be remodeled and expanded into today’s Graduate Centre of Neuroscience.
2008 - Foundation of the Tübingen satellite of the ‘German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases’ (DZNE)
2010 - Foundation of the ‘Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience’ (BCCN)
2011 - Foundation of the ‘Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems’
2013 - Foundation of the ‘Centre for Neurosensory Systems’
2018 - Inauguration of the 'Tübingen Neuroscience Campus'
The neuroscience centers, the research facilities and their scientists are basically centralized at three locations: