Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences


The Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences was founded in 2000 as a research network incorporating neuroscientists from all faculties and local research institutions in Heidelberg.


The IZN is comprised of over 60 research groups from diverse institutes within Heidelberg University, the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Medical Faculty Mannheim (UMM), and the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI), with interests ranging from the basic molecular and cellular biology of the nervous system to clinical neuroscience and therapeutics.


The IZN offers research and learning opportunities in the neurosciences for students at all levels. Whether you are a bachelor student searching for a laboratory in which to complete an internship or thesis, a master student with a focus in the neurosciences, or a potential doctoral student seeking an interdisciplinary and interactive environment in which to take take your career to the next level, you are almost certain to find a project to excite your scientific interest.


Through lectures, seminars, and retreats, the IZN endeavors to disseminate scientific knowledge and discoveries, cultivate scientific exchange, and foster collaborations, thereby promoting and advancing the study of neurosciences within the Heidelberg/Mannheim scientific community.