Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience


In 2002, Morven and Michael Heller from London, a generous and philanthropic family, decided to donate an annual sum of 15,000 pound to establish at the ICNC a high profile series of lectures entitled "The Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience". This series of lectures continues today at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). The primary aim of this unique lecture series is to acquaint the interested public with the most recent excitement in brain research. Each year, four leading researchers visit the Hebrew University for a week and deliver two talks, a lecture for the general public as well as a technical presentation at the weekly ELSC seminar.


The "Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience" rapidly became one of the most prestigious lecture series at the Hebrew University. It is a source of intellectual excitement for the many hundreds of attendees from all over the country who come to enjoy these lectures. Previous Heller lecturers include among others Nobel laureates Edvard Moser and Bert Sakmann as well as Patricia Churchland, Mickey Goldberg, Isabel Gauthier, Carla Shatz, Michale Fee, Arthur Konnerth, and Christof Koch. The lectures cover a fascinating range of topics that reflect the interests of researchers at ELSC, from molecular to cellular and systems neuroscience, cognitive psychology, modeling, and neurophilosophy.


The Hebrew University, and in particular ELSC, are indebted to the Hellers for their vision and generosity and for helping all of us to be aware of the miracle that is our brain.


Recorded Heller Lectures are available online on

ELSC media channel

Heller Lectures 2018-2019

Michael Greenberg
December 13, 2018
How nature and nurture conspire to control brain development and function

Heller Lectures 2017-2018

Henry Markram
November 30, 2017
The inevitability of Brain Simulations
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March 21, 2018
Hereditary Hearing Impairment in Humans: From The Underlying Deficits To Emerging Gene Therapies

Heller Lectures 2016-2017

Heller Lecture Series - Prof. Lars Chittka - March 21st, 2017
March 21, 2017
Prof. Lars Chittka: How Bees Learn from Each Other
Eric Kandel
April 5, 2017
The Biology of Memory and Age Related Memory Loss

Heller Lectures 2015-2016

Heller Lecture - Prof. Matteo Carandini Tue. 8.3, 17:00
March 8, 2016
Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience
Heller Lecture - Brian A. Wandell Thu. 9/6 17:00
June 9, 2016
Heller Lecture - Brian A. Wandell On the Topic of: Surprising stories about the living human brain

Heller Lectures 2014-2015

Heller Lecture - Prof. Patricia Churchland Smith
December 4, 2014
Patricia Smith Churchland
Heller Lecture - Prof. Edward M. Callaway
April 14, 2015
On the topic of "Molecular, Genetic and Viral Approaches for Linking Neural Circuit Structure and Function"
Heller Lecture - Prof. Drazen Prelec
June 9, 2015
On the topic of "Rewarding honesty when truth is not verifiable"
Heller Lecture - Prof. Joshua Tenenbaum
June 24, 2015
On the topic of "Reverse engineering common sense in the human mind and brain"