International Research Training Group 2150

The Neuroscience of Modulating
Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology

7th  S P R I N G   S C H O O L

May 24 – 27, 2023

Dear students and colleagues,

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 7th Annual Spring School. We can’t wait to meet all of you in person in beautiful Aachen this spring. As always, the Spring School is an excellent opportunity for mutual scientific exchange between partner universities.

This year, we tried to adapt the program so that it promises to be exciting and engaging. We will be conducting the Spring School at several venues, including a visit to the Jülich Research Centre and RWTH Aachen University Hospital. During these visits, you will have the opportunity to tour various labs and learn about the methods and techniques used there. 

In addition, we have a new presentation format where half of the students will have the chance to present their results at a poster session, while the other half will give a formal presentation. Furthermore, thesis committee meetings will be available for fruitful discussions of planned research projects in detail or for more focused discussions on thesis completion. 
We are proud to announce our keynote speakers for the Spring School: Thomas Frodl (RWTH), Gregory A. Miller (UCLA), Jon Shah (FZJ), and Sahil Bajaj (Boys Town National Research Hospital). These distinguished scholars will undoubtedly enrich the program with their research and insights. 
In addition to the scientific part, we have several cultural and social events planned for all participants to enjoy. 
We would like to express our deep gratitude to the DFG and the participating institutions: the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Pennsylvania. We would also like to thank all of our speakers for sharing their research findings and the organizing team for their exceptional support. 
We can’t wait to welcome you in Aachen and look forward to a stimulating and unforgettable Spring School! 

Warmest regards,

Ruben C. Gur and Ute Habel

Wednesday, May 24

02.00 pm – 02.15 pm Coffee break

02.15 pm – 02.30 pm Welcome and opening

02.30 pm – 03.15 pm Keynote lecture:  Sahil Bajaj

03.15 pm – 04.00 pm Session 1

04.00 pm – 04.15 pm Photo session

04.15 pm – 04.30 pm Break

04.30 pm – 06.30 pm Group building event

06.30 pm Welcome reception and dinner

Thursday, May 24

08.30 am Meet and departure to FZ Jülich

09.30 am – 11.00 am FZ Jülich tour

11.00 am – 11.45 am Keynote lecture: Thomas Frodl

11.45 am – 12.00 pm Break 

12.00 pm – 12.45 pm Session 2 

12.45 pm – 01.45 pm Lunch break

01.45 pm – 02.30 pm Keynote lecture: Jon Shah

02.30 pm – 04.00 pm Student thesis committee meetings

04.00 pm Travel back to Aachen

06.30 pm PI Dinner and Students’ evening

Friday, May 26

08.30 am – 09.00 am Supervisors’ meeting

09.00 am – 10.00 am Session 3 

10.00 am – 10.30 am Break 

10.30 am – 11.15 am Keynote lecture: Gregory A. Miller

11.15 am – 12.15 pm Poster session

12.15 pm – 01.15 pm Lunch break + Poster session

01.15 pm – 03.30 pm Student thesis committee meetings

 03.30 pm Board meeting

 04.00 pm City tour

06.30 pm Farewell dinner

Saturday, May 27

09.00 am – 10.15 am Session 4

10.15 am – 10.30 am Final remarks

10.30 am – 12.00 pm Lab visits