DNO Bonn

Neuroscience beyond the bench

In Bonn, there is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary neuroscience community connecting basic and clinical research – the perfect prerequisite for the Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade.

Bonn – A city strong in neuroscience research

Breath-taking landscapes like the views of the romantic Rhine, castles and hills of the Rhine Valley, peaceful forests and parks, baroque buildings and its international atmosphere make of Bonn a special city. As the home of the UN in Germany it also hosts numerous non-governmental organisations, as well as international scientific institutions and companies, federal ministries and authorities. People from all over the world come to Bonn to work and live. The wide range of events and variety of places for music, arts, sports, nature, food and beer lovers soon make you feel at home.

As scientific region, Bonn offers a wide variety of academic programs offered by the University of Bonn, University of Applied Sciences, and different international research centers. Organizations such as the Helmholtz Association, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation are located in Bonn. These institutions work together to conduct and to sponsor top-level research in the diverse fields of science and technology.

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Team Leaders

Team Members

Vesselina Semkova

Daniel Blei

Aman Maharjan

Sebastian Friedrich

Abdel Aziz Nasr

Aline Timmermann

Paunica Giesler

Pascal Roederer

Eleonora Ambrad

Lilly Leelaarporn

Hana Matuskova

Monika Müller


Very large and advanced neuroscience and translational research centers in Bonn are “Caesar”, “LIFE & BRAIN” and “DZNE”. Caesar’s research focuses on topics of cellular signal processing and neural foundations of behavior and it is associated with the Max Planck Society. Combining expertise in genomics, transgenics, cellomics and cognitive neuroscience, LIFE & BRAIN represents a center of excellence in the field of translational biomedicine. DZNE is focused on translational neurodegenerative research, exploring diseases of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer or Chorea Huntington, to develop new strategies for prevention, treatment and care. Since 2016 its new building is located in the clinical campus of the University of Bonn and will host the DNO event in 2018. All of them offer a huge variety of post-graduate programs and research positions.

DNO-Bonn e.V. Regional Neuroscience Olympiad

The event will take place on March 21st in the University of Bonn Clinical Campus. More Information about the event location will be published soon.

Do you want to participate in our next Neuroscience Olympiad?
Click here to register for our event and click here for our study guide materials.

Watch out! Event details will be published soon.

Stiftung Caesar

Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2

D-53175 Bonn

Travel Directions to the caesar
By car:  At Autobahnkreuz Bonn-Ost (exit 42) continue to Bonn-Bad Godesberg on the A 562. After crossing the Rhine take the exit Bonn Rheinaue (exit 2). Stay left and follow the caesar signs about 1.5 km to caesar. The institute caesar is located on the left side.

By bus: The taxi to caesar (6 km/10 minutes) costs about 12 Euros from Bonn Central Station. You can also take public transportation. Please contact us for further information.

Local Sponsors and Partners

Life & Brain GmbH is a translational biomedicine platform located in the University Hospital of Bonn. It offers products and services in cellomics, genomics, transgenics and cognitive neuroscience.

The Life & Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES) is an internationally oriented center for biomedical sciences. The main scientific focus is to explore the regulation of lipid metabolism, the signaling processes within and on biomembranes and the immune system in health and disease.

The BFB aims to provided a suitable platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge. Financial support and resources are raised by the University of Bonn, the University Hospital of Bonn, and by the Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. With the help of this funding the BFB supports and combines human resources with technical and structural potentials in Bonn.

The Institute of Cellular Neurosciences is focused on the investigation of glial cells and their role in information processing in the normal and diseased brain. A main focus of their research is on the analysis in human epilepsy.

BIGS Neuroscience is the International Graduate School of Neuroscience at the University of Bonn. It is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex behavior, and the application of these insights to central nervous system disorders.

The University of Bonn is one of the most important institutes of higher education in Europe, with more than 200 years of operation. It is the learning home of over 34,000 students and several research institutes.

The University Hospital of Bonn is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. It is recognized for its advanced medical care and its leading research and teaching institutes.