About the Leibniz-ScienceCampus
The Leibniz ScienceCampus was founded at the German Primate Center and the Georg-August-University Göttingen in January 2015 to foster the cooperation between scientists from the contributing institutions studying cognition in human and non-human primates. Further contributing partners are the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience und the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.
At the ScienceCampus, behavioral and cognitive biologists, neuroscientists and psychologists jointly investigate processes and mechanisms of information processing and integration, action planning, decision making, communication and social cognition. Studies are conducted with human children and adults as well as various species of monkeys. In addition to the monkeys housed at the German Primate Center, our members have access to free-ranging populations at field stations in Thailand, Senegal and Madagascar.
The Research activities are organized in three clusters „Information integration and decision making“, „communication“, and „social cognition”, but the exchange between the clusters is an important element of research conducted at the ScienceCampus. To support exchange and cooperation, the ScienceCampus organizes workshops and seminars, funds joint research projects and offers an ingoing and outgoing exchange program. Special training workshops for junior researchers and science communication activities complement the offers of the ScienceCampus.
An important goal of our activities is to improve the interdisciplinary dialogue between the sciences and the humanities. To do so, a junior research group will be established at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in October 2015. For two years, four fellows will investigate questions of primate cognition from a perspective of the humanities. Close interactions and joint events such as a monthly “philosophical café“ will improve discussions between the disciplines.
The Leibniz-ScienceCampus is joint research platform of the German Primate Center and the Georg-August-University, funded by the Leibniz-Association.