Last week the Cognito board organized the second edition of Cognitalks, taking place at Pakhuis de Zwijger. For the event four outstanding cognitive (neuro)scientists (Romke Rouw, Chris Klink, Max Keuken and Garmt Dijksterhuis) were invited to present an idea they are very passionate about in 18 minutes. The topics of the night varied from perception and bionic brains to brain atlases and the transmission of smell. Initially the free event was meant to update current MBCS students about most recent findings in their field. However, eventually the event attracted 350 people from all over the Netherlands and with various backgrounds including neuroscience, medicine and communication sciences. The talks were very inspirational and easily graspable for an audience not familiar with brain research. Even after the talks many students, alumni and speakers stayed until late in the night to exchange ideas and network at the Pakhuis de Zwijger bar. To sum up, CogniTalks perfectly encouraged what the MBCS master stands for: interdisciplinarity. With this said, we would like to thank everybody who was involved in making this fantastic event happen and are already looking forward to seeing many of you next year at the third edition!
The talks were also recorded on video, and can be found here:
- Chris Klink – Dawn of the Bionic Brain
- Romke Rouw – Now you see it now you don’t: How your brain creates sensations
- Max Keuken – Here be dragons: Knowing where you are in the brain and why it matters!
- Garmt Dijksterhuis – Olfactory transmission impossible?