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53113 BonnOn site, please follow the signs to the registration area. The 5th Bonn Brain³ meeting will take place in the historic main building of the University of Bonn, the “the “Kurfürstliches Schloss””. Build in the 18th century as principal residence for the Electors of Cologne, it is now located in the heart of Bonn. Therefore it is easily accessible by car as well as by public transport (see “Directions”). It is also conveniently located, just a few minutes’ walk from restaurants, shopping and nightlife. (Please note that only few shops and restaureants accept credit cards! It is therefore advisable to carry enough cash with you.) The federal city of Bonn is located 24 km south of Cologne on the banks of the river Rhine. It has more than 300,000 inhabitants and is therefore one of the 20 largest cities in Germany. With over 2000 years of history, Bonn is also one of the oldest cities in Germany. The first Germanic and Roman settlements date from the 1st century BC. In the 9th century BC, Bonn became an important religious centre and from the 13th to the 18th century even the main residence of the archbishops and Electors of Cologne. After the Second World War it was appointed the provisional capital of the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany, as it suffered relatively little damage during the war. In the course of German reunification, Berlin became the new capital in 1990. Due to a political compromise, however, the Federal Government maintains a substantial presence in Bonn. The international importance of the city is supported by the presence of twenty United Nations institutions, including the UN Campus, as well as many other international organizations and scientific institutions. The city of Bonn is a world-famous travel destination and known for its Baroque buildings scattered all over the city, its attractive historic center with its extensive pedestrian zone and as Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace, who was born here in 1770. The city’s landmarks include many Baroque buildings from the 18th century, such as the Old Town Hall with its rose-golden façade, the above-mentioned “Kurfürstliche Schloss” (now the main building of the university), the “Poppelsdorfer Schloss”, which was built as a spa for the Electors and today also houses part of the university, and the “Beethoven House”, Beethoven’s birthplace and one of Bonn’s most famous museums. Older landmarks are the Bonn Cathedral which dates to the 11th century, one of the oldest churches in Germany, and the ruins of Godesburg Castle, built in the 13th century by the Archbishops of Cologne and demolished in 1583 during the Cologne War. The most recent landmarks are the high-rise “Langer Eugen”, the former House of Representatives and today the centre of the UN campus, and the Post Tower, the headquarters of Deutsche Post / DHL and the tallest office building in North Rhine-Westphalia. Bonn is also known for its many small theatres and over thirty museums, including two of the most popular in all of Germany: the “Haus der Geschichte” (House of History), which focuses on German history after the end of the Second World War, and the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle (Art and Exhibition Hall) of the Federal Republic of Germany. As already mentioned, the upcoming meeting will be hosted by the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Since its foundation in 1818, it has been one of the largest and most renowned universities in Germany. It is currently one of the top ten universities in Germany and among the top 100 universities worldwide. The University of Bonn does not have a central campus, but is distributed throughout the city. The Medical Faculty, for example, is located on the Venusberg, a hill on the western outskirts of Bonn, on the same site as the University Hospital Bonn. Both are closely associated, although the hospital became a public corporation independent of the university in 2001. The University Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in Europe, both in patient care and in research, which is carried out in over 32 clinics and 23 departments. The Medical Faculty and the University Hospital are also among the leading institutions for neuroscientific research in Germany. This is not only due to university-associated institutions such as the Bonn Center of Neuroscience (BCN) and the Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience). It is also the result of close cooperation with the major research institutions of the Helmholtz Association (German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) based at the same location) and the Max Planck Society (caesar Research Centre based in Bonn).