Viola Priesemann

Year 2021

Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation

Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

Portrait of Viola Priesemann
Photo: Horst Ziegenfusz


  • since 2016
    MPRG Group Leader (W2) at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization Göttingen

  • 2014–2016
    Bernstein Fellow & Group Leader at the Bernstein Center Göttingen

  • 2013–2014
    PostDoc with Theo Geisel at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization Göttingen

  • 2009–2013
    PhD Project at the Caltech, MPI for Brain Research & Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) with Gilles Laurent & Jochen Triesch

  • 2010
    Marine Biology Laboratories, Woods Hole, USA
    Summer School “Neural Systems and Behavior”

  • 2008–2009
    École Normale Supérieure, Paris with Christian Machens

  • 2008
    Diploma (Master) in Physics at the Technical University Darmstadt

  • 2006–2008
    Research Thesis at the MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt

Selection of


    • Spring Academy Roggenburg

      Every year, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation offers a one-week Spring Academy at the monastery of Roggenburg for interested scholarship holders. At the next Spring Academy, some members of Die Junge Akademie will be leading working groups.


      Starts on
      Ends on

      Event access: Internal

      Kloster Roggenburg

    • A look at challenges facing the agrifood system

      Members of Die Junge Akademie’s Research Group “Sustainability” have published a contribution to the debate on the food transition. Titled “Die Zukunft der Ernährung in Europa: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven” [The Future of Food in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives], the team of authors examines what it considers to be necessary changes in the agrifood system.


      Franziska Funke, Linus Mattauch, Thorsten Merl, Hermine Mitter, Viola Priesemann, Leonie Wenz, Anna Wiese

      Berlin 2023

      Bird's eye view of cultivated fields
    • Unspoken

      Under the title "Ungesagtes" ("Unspoken"), the five articles and one discussion deal with aspects that one would tend to contrast with and deduct from the ideal of objectivity of science as "subjective" parts. On the one hand, it is about what the researching subject brings into the scientific work in often subtle ways: own views, emotions, values, personal beliefs. On the other hand, the influence of everything subjective on human behavior is itself also a topic of research.


      Garvin Brod, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, Julia Gurol, Sebastian Hellmeier, Viola Priesemann, Mira Sievers

      Berlin 2023