Who we are


We are an association of autistic people, their families, and professionals who work with autism (among others in the areas of psychology, medicine and education). Researchers from LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry provide the institutional framework of the project. The Heureka! research forum consists of the following sections:



The forum represents the core of our network. Anyone who wants to participate can contribute something. The number of participants is steadily growing; currently around 200 people are taking part. Members are primarily autistic people and their families, but also professionals working with autism.


Advisory board

All important decisions are taken within the whole forum, where everyone can contribute. The advisory board deals with smaller – mainly organisational – issues. It consists of autistic people and their families as well as representatives of relevant professions.


Currently the advisory board consists of 15 members. Among others, the following people are involved:

Felix Welzenbach, Hanna Thaler, Dorothea Heiser, Irina Jarvers, Sonja Merz, Niko, Leonhard Schilbach, Thomas Schneider, Tobias Schuwerk, Paulina Streit, Elke Reimer, Werner Kelnhofer, Angela Middlecamp-Sommer, Silbereule, Silke Wanninger-Bachem


Institutional framework

Our participatory research project is located at the department of psychology of the LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. It is managed by:
Dr. Tobias Schuwerk (LMU Munich)

Dr. Hanna Thaler (MPI of Psychiatry)

PD Dr. Leonhard Schilbach (MPI of Psychiatry)



Currently Heureka! is coordinated by Tobias Schuwerk, Hanna Thaler and Sabine Kießewetter. Our main tasks involve maintaining and further developing this website and our mailing list, as well as organizing discussion groups and other events. Would you like to help us out? Feel free to send us a message!

Dr. Tobias Schuwerk

Department of Psychology
LMU Munich

Dr. Hanna Thaler
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry




Last modified: 21/11/2018