Recent Events

Learning, Remembering, Forgetting – Memory systems support and determine vast parts of human and animal cognition. Their interconnected and dynamic nature opens up a wide variety of research questions and perspectives. As a a transregional collaborative initiative the Berlin-Bochum Memory Alliance wants to connect these different perspectives, bring together scientists and jointly create new insights in the realm of memory research. The goal is to create synergies transcending university boundaries, by providing a platform for members to share ongoing memory research and to network. To this end, the alliance hosts joint events and supports self-organized initiatives by its early-career researchers.

The Berlin-Bochum Memory Alliance connects four DFG-funded research consortia, located in the heart of two of Germany’s biggest metropolitan areas: Berlin and Bochum in the Ruhrgebiet. 

Photo: Heike Zappe, HU

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)

2010 marked the 200th anniversary of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Rich in history, yet always focused on what the future might hold. Located centrally in Berlin and connected throughout the world.

Photo: Marquard, RUB

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Located in the heart of Europe in the dynamic metropolitan region of the Ruhrgebiet, Ruhr University with its 21 faculties is home to about 40,000 students and driving force of social change.

Speakers and Consortia of the Alliance

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

CRC 1315 – Mechanisms and Disturbances in Memory Consolidation: From Synapses to Systems 

Speaker: Matthew Larkum »

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

CRC 1315 – Mechanisms and Disturbances in Memory Consolidation: From Synapses to Systems 

Speaker: Matthew Larkum »

Ruhr University Bochum

CRC 1280 – Extinction Learning

Speaker: Onur Güntürkün »

FOR 2812 – Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory

Speaker: Sen Cheng »

RDN – Research Department of Neuroscience

Speaker: Denise Manahan-Vaughan »

Denise Manahan-Vaughan also was the former speaker for the CRC 874, which finished its work in 2022. The CRC 874 is a Berlin-Bochum Memory Alliance founding member. After its conclusion the Research Department of Neuroscience replaced the CRC 874 as an active member of the alliance. 


Discovering new opportunities to collaborate and create joint projects

Collaboration lays at the heart of the Berlin-Bochum Memory Alliance, to keep close we organize the yearly Berlin-Bochum Memory Symposium. Jointly meeting either at the RUB or HU and sharing research highlights & topics of mutual interest. 

Supporting early career researchers and building a young scientist network

Young Scientist are the future of research and we want to help upcoming individuals in finding their way into memory research and support them in their career development and education. For this reason our yearly Berlin-Bochum Memory Symposia are always joined by PhD Symposia, giving young scientist one day of our full attention.

Sharing results and engaging in outreach

We want our fascination for memory research to stretch across the world and across generations. To reach future scientists the alliance participates in the yearly Girl’s Day, giving students the chance to look into the university and research life. 

Find out more about what we do to achieve our goals on our