Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf Singer

Research Area: Life- and Neurosciences
Focuses: Cognitive Processes, Neural Networks

Research Group



Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf Singer

Life- and Neurosciences

"As long as people intervene in the fate of the world, they are obliged to explore the wisdom. Otherwise, responsible action is not possible."


Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf Singer, born 09.03.1943 in Munich, studied medicine in Munich and Paris, received his doctorate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and habilitated at the Technical University of Munich. He is a former director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt am Main and founding director of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in cooperation with the Max Planck Society in Frankfurt am Main. He is also the scientific director of the Ernst Strüngmann Forum, based in Frankfurt. His research is devoted to the elucidation of the neuronal foundations of cognitive functions. The central question is how the processing processes distributed over many brain areas are bound together to enable coherent perceptions.


Ernst Strüngman Institute

Max Planck



2004 - today founding director and member of the FIAS board of directors

Further organisations

1981 - 2011 Director MPI for Brain Research
2011 - today Emeritus at the MPI
2011 - today Senior Fellow ESI

Awards and distinctions

  • Federal Cross of Merit first class (2011)
  • Max Planck Medal (2014)
  • Plaque of Honour of the City of Frankfurt am Main (2015)
  • Hessian Culture Prize