PhD Symposium – Science and AI

The Bernstein PhD Symposium is an opportunity for junior researchers to meet their peers, share their experiences and make new connections. We strive for an inclusive and informal environment that fosters discussions and allows for an open exchange of ideas. It is organized entirely by PhD students.

This year, the keynote lectures will be about Science and AI. Nowadays, science and AI heavily influence each other. Recent scientific advancements provide valuable insights for AI development. At the same time, AI, as a powerful tool, has a significant impact on scientific research. We hope that the lectures will inspire the audience about the intertwined relationship between science and AI.


Looking for more interaction? Then also join the Social Event on Tuesday, Sept 26! More information will follow.

Please note, the PhD Symposium is already fully booked. For the waiting list please send an email to


Friday, Sep 29, afternoon
Saturday, Sep 30, morning


Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin

House 6

Philippstr. 13 
10115 Berlin


Yue Kris Wu | Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

Emmanouil Giannakakis | University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Ingo Fritz | Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Matthijs Pals | University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany


The PhD Symposium consists of lectures followed by a panel discussion, as well as several unconference sessions. During the unconference sessions, you will have the opportunity to discuss with other students in small groups, in an informal setting. The discussion topics are proposed and voted on by yourselves on-site. We hope that via these relaxed discussions, you will make new friends, exchange ideas, and share experiences.

Please note: You need to book this event during your registration for the Bernstein Conference. Participation fee is 25 Euro. Go to registration.


Tuesday, Sept 26


Social Event


Kilkenny Irish Pub, Am Zwirngraben 17-20, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

Friday, Sept 29


Meet & Greet


Scientific speed dating


Keynote lecture 1: Theresa Züger | Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
AI in the public interest and its role in science


Coffee break


Keynote lecture 2: Jakub Kuzilek | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
AI-Driven Higher Education: Building the Future Together


Pizza and movie night 


Saturday, Sept 30


Coffee start


Unconference session

Participant-driven discussions, workshops and projects in small groups


Coffee break


Career advice for students


Wrap-up and farewell


Optional: lunch & Berlin outing


Dr. Theresa Züger | Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
Dr. Züger leads the Public Interest AI research group and the AI & Society Lab at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Her research focuses on how to harness the potential of AI for the public interest and the necessary technical and social criteria that have to be fulfilled for this potential to be realized.

Dr. Jakub Kuzilek | Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dr. Kuzilek is a senior postdoc researcher in AI for education. His research focuses on educational data mining and learning analytics in order to understand learners better and further optimize learning and education.