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Dr. Radoslaw Martin Cichy heads the Visual Cognition group at Free University Berlin since May 2016. His research focuses on mapping and understanding the neural dynamics of visual object recognition, using MEEG, fMRI, and deep neural networks. 

Before starting his own group, RM Cichy worked at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT in the group of Aude Oliva.  He earned his B.S. degree in Cognitive Science from the Univeristy of Osnabrück and his Ph.D. from Humboldt University, working at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin with John-Dylan Haynes.






Michele Farisco PhD, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, is part of Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics neuroethics research team. He holds a degree in Philosophy from University of Naples "L'Orientale" in 2003, a PhD in "Ethics and Anthropology. History and Foundation" from University of Lecce in 2008 and a Master degree in Biolaw from the University of Rome "Lumsa" in 2009. He spent time on an exchange grant from the European Neuroscience and Society Network within the European Science Foundation joining the Coma Science Group of the University of Liège (Belgium). He is the head of the "Science and society" research unit of Biogem Genetic Research Centre in Ariano Irpino (Italy). He is the author of four books and several articles about posthuman philosophy and philosophical, ethical and legal implications (ELSI) of genetics and neuroscience.

Michele Farisco is currently working on his second PhD about the neuroscientific and conceptual issues of consciousness and its disorders. He is a member of the neuroethics and philosophy work package of the HBP's Subproject 12.





Dr. Isabel Fernaud-Espinosa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory Cajal Cortical Circuits (UPM-CSIC). She received her PhD in Biology in 1996 (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) for her studies on neuritic outgrowth and the influence of proteoglycans on dendritic and axonal outgrowth. Since 2007,  she has been working with Prof. De Felipe at the Cajal Institute (CSIC) and currently at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

In particular, she has focused in confocal microscopy and image analysis techniques using specific software, to obtain the morphometric data of neurons and dendritic spines and contribute to the study of the microorganization of the cortex in various mammalian species (including human).





Marc-Oliver Gewaltig is the Section Manager of Neurorobotics within the Simulation Neuroscience Division.

His team investigates the simulation-aided reconstruction of sensory-motor loops in rodents, using data-driven whole brain models and musculo-skeletal body models. Of particular interest is closed-action perception loops in which an animal influences or actively controls its sensory input.

Marc-Oliver is the co-author of the Neural Simulation Tool NEST (, a popular tool for large-scale simulations of spiking neural networks.

Before joining Blue Brain in 2011, Marc-Oliver was Principal Scientist (1998-2011) at the Honda Research Institute Europe in Offenbach, Germany. He completed his PhD in Physics in 1999.





Thomas Heinis, PhD, is a Lecturer in Computing/Data Management at Imperial College London since September 2014 leading the SCALE lab. He is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

Dr. Heinis is renowned for research and development of systems in large-scale data management systems such as MapReduce, noSQL, distributed main memory databases and parallel databases in general. His research particularly focuses on scaling out big data into the cloud for industrial and scientific (medical) applications. Dr. Heinis received a BSc, MSc and PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. During his studies he also received several fellowships, including a Fulbright fellowship (Purdue University).




As a director at EAF Berlin, Dr. Uta Kletzing is in particular responsible for projects supporting equal opportunities and gender equality policies in the public sector (e.g. administrations, ministries, universities) and consults organizations in the field of organizational and personnel development. Uta Kletzing has long-standing experience in the conception and implementation of various mentoring programs as well as in trainings, workshop moderation and networking events. Her administrative expertise is based on i.e. her cooperation with mayors and municipalities as well as on the management of projects such as "Flexibilisation of working hours and place of work for executives in the German Pension Insurance Association" or "Career Development for the Young Executive Officers in the Berlin Administration". In 2015, she was one of the invited experts at the public hearing the German Bundestag on the Law on the equal participation of women and men in leadership positions in private and public sector.

Uta Kletzing, born 1975 in Rostock, studied psychology at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a scholarship of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.




Andrea Krönke has been with the EAF Berlin since 2014. As an expert her focus is "Women in Local Politics" and "Participation and Engagement of Young Women". As a trainer she supports mentoring programmes, teaches performing skills and leads workshops on gender-sensitive and political education. 

Andrea Krönke studied Political and Educational Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and the University of Magdeburg, which was supported with a scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation, Germany. She undertook study and research stays in South Africa, India and Mozambique. In addition to her studies she completed a certified vocational training course to become a theatre educator and conducts educational theatre and gender workshops for charitable organisations. Furthermore, Andrea Krönke is a certified moderator (artop GmbH) and supports teams and organisations in change processes and strategy development.




Dr. Randy McIntosh is a pioneer in the study of how different parts of the brain work together to bring about the wide range of human mental operations. He received his PhD in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Texas-Austin.

As of 2017, he has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, with an H-index of 84.  He is leading a team of international scientists on a mammoth project —The Virtual Brain ( — which has the potential to revolutionize how clinicians assess and treat various brain disorders, including cognitive impairment caused by stroke and Alzheimer's disease. The computerized model will deliver the first usable and open simulation of the human brain. For researchers, surgeons, neuroscientists and therapists, The Virtual Brain promises improved patient outcomes by letting clinicians simulate cognitive interventions – right from a Web browser.


Manuela Möller has been working at EAF Berlin since 2008. As a director, she focusses on the conception and implementation of mentoring programs, projects in the context of gender and politics as well as international projects. She is currently conducting trainings and consulting assignments in Jordan, Tunisia and the South Caucasus.

In cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Women, she offers various seminars, lectures and conferences for women in politics. Equal opportunities and democracy are also key topics in her workshops for politically interested people with migration history or refugees.

Manuela Möller is a graduate health scientist with an international master's degree (MPH), PR consultant and has worked for ten years as a psychotherapist in a counseling center before her international activities. She subsequently lived in the United States and Bangladesh, as well as in Geneva, Manila and Fiji, and advised governments on HIV prevention for the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2002 to 2008.





Gemma Roig is currently an Assistant Professor at SUTD in Singapore and a research affiliate at MIT. She was postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Brains Minds and Machines, with  Prof. Tomaso Poggio as her faculty host. She was also affiliated at the Laboratory for Computational and Statistical Learning, which is a collaborative agreement between the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She pursued her doctoral degree in Computer Vision at ETH Zurich. Previously, she was a research assistant at the Computer Vision Lab at EPFL in Lausanne, at the Department of Media Technologies at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, and at the Robotics Institute - Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Her research aim is to build computational models of human vision to understand its underlying principles, and to use those models to build applications of artificial intelligence.






Arleen Salles is  a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and a task leader and research collaborator in the Ethics and Society subproject (SP12) of the EU-flagship Human Brain Project.

She is also the  Director of the Neuroethics Program at CIF (Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  . Salles received her M.A and Ph.D in philosophy from SUNY Buffalo, USA.

Her research interests include the impact of neuroscientific research on human and personal identity, ethical issues raised by simulation and consciousness, the nature and methodology of neuroethics, and the impact of cultural context on the development of the field.