Organizational Structure of the BCCN Berlin

The members of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN Berlin) are scientists with experimental, theoretical or clinical expertise based at our partner institutions. These are Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Max-Delbrück Centrum, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, and some institutions that are not located in Berlin. These scientists, our members, form the members' assembly, which elects the executive director and the steering committee.

The bodies of the BCCN Berlin include the Executive Director,  the Steering Committee, the Members’ Assembly, and an International Scientific Advisory Board. The international Graduate Program Computational Neuroscience is governed by a Program Director, Teaching Coordinator, and several commissions. For the international Master Program we implemented a Joint Commission (Gemeinsame Kommission mit Entscheidungsbefugnis, GKmE), a Selection Committee, an Examination Board and a Study Committee. For the Doctoral Program/PhD Program we have a Selection Committee and individual student doctoral committee for each doctoral student.

The steering committee is responsible for the strategic direction and general decisions regarding the Center. The executive director represents the BCCN Berlin and its interests. The BCCN Berlin office with the managing director is responsible for the Center's infrastructure, finances, events, personnel, equal opportunity, public relations and outreach and implementation of the steering committee's decisions.


The Executive Director represents the Center and its interests externally.  

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of five members. These internationally recognized scientists meet in two-year rhythm with the Center's members to evaluate overall performance and advise on scientific topics and activities, allocation of funding, etc.


Steering Committee:
Michael Brecht (HU Berlin) - Executive Director
Gabriel Curio (Charité)
Margret Franke (HU Berlin)
John-Dylan Haynes (Charité) - Vice Director
Richard Kempter (HU Berlin) - Executive Director's deputy
Benjamin Lindner (HU Berlin)
Klaus Obermayer (TU Berlin) - Vice Director
Susanne Schreiber (HU Berlin)
Tilo Schwalger (TU Berlin)
Wilhelm Stannat (TU Berlin)


Managing Director: Margret Franke
Teaching Coordinators:
Lisa Velenosi and Darko Komnenić