“Space and memory in the brain” — by Professor May-Britt Moser, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Trondheim, Norway
The Association of ERC Grantees aims to defend excellent bottom-up fundamental research in Europe, to facilitate networking amongst ERC grantees, and to engage the public around the importance of scientific research for society.
With this in mind, we are delighted to host Nobel Laureate and ERC Grantee May-Britt Moser as our guest for the third event organised in our “Science & Society” Seminar series, the goal of which is to highlight, through personal stories and science, the role of fundamental research for a better society and for a better world.
May-Britt Moser is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, where she also acts as Scientific Director of the Centre for Neural Computation and as Scientific Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, both of which she founded. For her discoveries concerning the neural systems that underlie spatial representation in the mammalian brain, May-Britt Moser was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, together with her husband Norwegian neuroscientist Edvard I. Moser and with British-American neuroscientist John O’Keefe.
In her lecture, titled “Space and memory in the brain” Professor Moser will discuss how the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex of mammals are involved in episodic memory (memory for events) and in spatial navigation.
To discuss these issues, Professor Moser will be joined by a number of distinguished panelists, including Professor Stanislas Dehaene and Science journalist Alison Abbott.