Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience
In 2002, Sir Michael and Lady Morven Heller, a generous and philanthropic couple from London, endowed a lecture series at ELSC with an annual sum of £15,000. This lecture series, called The Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience, has the primary aim of acquainting the interested public with recent and exciting developments from the world of brain research. On four occasions throughout the year, the Heller Lecture Series brings a leading neuroscience researcher from around the world to visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and deliver two talks: a broad lecture for the general public and a more technical presentation at the ELSC weekly seminar.
The Heller lectures cover a fascinating range of topics that reflect the many interests of ELSC researchers, including molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience, cognitive psychology, modeling, and neurophilosophy. Past Heller lecturers include Nobel laureates Edvard Moser and Bert Sakmann, Patricia Smith Churchland, Mickey Goldberg, Isabel Gauthier, Carla Shatz, Michale Fee, Arthur Konnerth, and Christof Koch. These lectures are a source of intellectual excitement for the hundreds of attendees from all over the country, and as such, the Heller Lecture Series rapidly has become one of the most prestigious lecture series at the Hebrew University.
All of us at the Hebrew University, and at ELSC in particular, are indebted to the Heller family for their vision and generosity and for helping all of us appreciate the miracle that is the human brain.
Recorded Heller lectures are available online on the ELSC YouTube channel.