General Information | June 15, 2024

  Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, utilization, and revision of knowledge about spatial environments. These capabilities enable humans to manage basic and high-level cognitive tasks in everyday life. During the past decade, numerous disciplines have contributed to the understanding of spatial cognition in humans and in technical systems: mathematics and informatics have analyzed formal and computational aspects; psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, and anthropology have investigated cognitive and cultural aspects; architecture and geography have addressed the impact of spatial cognition on different application domains.

The universities of Bremen, Freiburg, and Hamburg have cooperated in this field for the past six years in the framework of the DFG Spatial Cognition Priority Program (SCPP). They recently have been awarded a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to establish an International Quality Network (IQN) in the area of Spatial Cognition.

Under the IQN funding scheme, the three German universities have jointly established a Spatial Cognition Research Center (SCRC). The center fosters cooperative basic research in spatial cognition, interdisciplinary research training, application-driven investigations, and dissemination of results in seminars, conferences, and publications. It offers opportunities for international researchers for either job appointments or guest stays (guest professorships & study grants).