"Beyond Amyloid – Widening the View on Alzheimer’s Disease" is hosted as a Herrenhausen Symposium where the Volkswagen Foundation provides an academic arena for researchers to develop new ideas and discuss innovative lines of research. It takes place in the newly reconstructed Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover which is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony, Germany.

The Volkswagen Foundation is an independent foundation not affiliated, as its name might imply, to Volkswagen AG, the automobile manufacturer. Its overall funding volume of around 150 million euros per year makes it Germany‘s largest private research funding foundation. Providing funds only to academic institutions the Volkswagen Foundation supports the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. The Foundation develops its own funding initiatives with a focus on pioneering future-oriented fields of research. It perceives a special mission in providing support for junior researchers and fostering cooperation between researchers across the borders of disciplines, cultures, and national states.


The Scientific Committee of the meeting consists of

  • Christian Behl, Institute of Pathobiochemistry, University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany
  • Jürgen Götz, Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Jochen Walter, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Bonn, Germany

The meeting is organized by Christian Behl and the Volkswagen Foundation.