About the Colloquium

IN the latter half of 2016, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) hosted an academic Colloquium on the human brain. Besides a range of expert presenters, all global authorities in their fields, it was attended by selected mid-career professionals, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from South Africa and abroad.

The colloquium was divided into four consecutive three-week sessions, namely:

    • Brain Studies: History and Emerging Issues (12 to 30 September)
    • The Cognitive Brain (3 October to 21 October)
    • The Creative Brain (24 October to 11 November)
    • The Social Brain (14 November to 25 November)

Lectures were delivered by eminent scholars from South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, various European countries, Australia and Singapore. Some events were open to the public.

The programme, notes about the presenters and participants, abstracts of papers, and other information appear elsewhere on this website.

This website will be maintained for a limited period to provide a record of the Colloquium. For reflections by the participants, click here.

Colloquium  report

The final Colloquium report has been completed and was released at the launch of the Brain Matters Seminar Series at Wits University on 23 March 2017. For a printable version, click here.

Brain Matters Seminar Series

The second in the Brain Matters Seminar series will be held at Wits University on Thursday 25 May 2017. Paul Manger, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of the Witwatersrand, will talk on ‘The Five Evolutions of Large Brains in Mammals: Humans, Elephants, Cetaceans, Seals and Camels’. Read more



Above: Presenters to and participants in the Brain Studies Session of the Colloquium at JIAS in Westdene.

(c) Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study

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