Dorothea Erxleben Guest Professorship

The Dorothea Erxleben Visiting Professorship at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg serves to promote female careers within the framework of university teaching careers.

For the academic years 2018/19, Prof. Dr. Elena Azañón, an outstanding scientist, was appointed to the Dorothea Erxleben Visiting Professorship. 

Prof Elena Azañón obtained her BA degree in Psychology with First-Class Honors at the University of Barcelona in 2005 and received her doctorate in 2011 in Experimental Psychology, with the highest distinction, from the same University. On 2012, she was granted with a highly competitive Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London(University College London)from 2012 to 2014. After completing her first postdoctoral position, she continued her scientific work at Birkbeck, University of London, where she worked as a senior postdoc from 2014 to 2018.
Using a combination of psychophysics and neurophysiological techniques, Elena Azañón investigates the perception of touch in space and its relation to the mental representation of the body. She is particularly interested in the way complex multisensory mechanisms allow individuals to extract spatial information from touch, and how this information is used to construct representations of the body and to guide actions. A goal of their studies is to provide a new window into the understanding of tactile awareness and develop clinically relevant concepts for the formation of therapies in the recovery of tactile and proprioceptive function after brain injury.
The new guest professor for the academic year 2018/19 started her work on May 1, 2018 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (Institute of Psychology II). She will continue her research in Magdeburg in close cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and the Department of Neurology.
With the Dorothea Erxleben Guest Professorship, the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg has been promoting excellent female scientists since 1997/98 and intensively supporting their further professional and personal profiling. The teaching and research assignment is awarded for a period of one year each for a subject represented at the university, especially in areas in which women are underrepresented. The professorship is named after Dorothea Erxleben, the first German woman to receive a medical doctorate in 1754.

The visiting professorship is announced annually in April or May for the period from October to September of the following year. The professorship is filled at the suggestion of the faculties of the University of Magdeburg. Information on all previous holders can be found at: Former professors.

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