Caesar is a neuroscience research institute associated with the Max Planck Society. The institute is operated by a non-profit foundation under private law.


A brief timeline of caesar

26.04.1994 The so-called Berlin/Bonn Act determines to strengthen Bonn as center of science and research.
11.07.1995 caesar, center of advanced european studies and research, is founded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia.
31.08.1998 The foundation board appoints Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Hoffmann as scientific-technical member of the board of directors and founding director of caesar.
01.11.1998 Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Hoffmann takes up employment in the interim accommodation of caesar; in the city center of Bonn. First scientific working groups are being established.
01.02.1999 Dr. Hartwig Bechte takes up his work as administrative director of the caesar board.
01.04.2003 caesar staff moves into the new research building in Bonn-Plittersdorf.
26.05.2004 The Scientific Council submits a written comment regarding the center of european studies and research.
2006 The administrative director of the board, Dr. Hartwig Bechte, manages alone research center and foundation affairs.
02.06.2006 The foundation board resolves to focus caesar's scientific work on neurosciences and decides upon the association of caesar with the Max Planck Society maintaining tasks and legal structure as legally independent foundation.
17.11.2006 The foundation board decides to reform the statute of the caesar foundation.
2007 The scientific management of the research center is taken over temporarily by the scientific members of the board Prof. Dr. Herbert Waldmann, MPI of Molecular Physiology and Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry.
16.07.2007 The foundation board appoints Prof. Dr. U. B. Kaupp as scientific director.
01.01.2008 Prof. Dr. U. B. Kaupp takes up his work as scientific director at caesar. The first department "Molecular Sensory Systems" is being established and starts its scientific work.
01.11.2009 Gertrud Bilski takes up her work as administrative director of the caesar board.
2009 During the construction phase of DZNE's (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) new bulding, caesar makes available spaces and laboratories for scientists at DZNE and begins scientific cooperations in various fields.
13.12.2012 The President of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, appoints Prof. Dr. Michael Famulok of the University of Bonn as a Max Planck Fellow at the research center caesar. Michael Famulok leads a working group at caesar that deals with the structure determination of biomolecules and the chemical biology of photo-activatable substances.
15.09.2013 Neurophysiologist Jason Kerr, previously group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, becomes the second director. The long-term goal of his research is to understand the neurobiological basis of how animals make decisions due to the visual sense. For this purpose he studies the activities of neuronal populations in rats using complex methods.