Welcome at the MPI for Biological Intelligence!

Welcome at the MPI for Biological Intelligence!

In January 2022, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, in foundation, emerged from the MPI for Ornithology (MPIO) and the MPI of Neurobiology (MPIN). Until its official establishment, anticipated for the year 2023, the institute will be legally represented by its two predecessor institutes.  

Together, we are dedicated to the investigation of biological intelligence – the evolved ability of animals to cope with a constantly changing environment and to find ever new solutions to life's challenges.


Illustration of a fish head with eye and brain cells. Several zebrafish in the background.
Specialized nerve cells in the zebrafish visual system enable recognition of conspecifics

Four brown-gray birds in flight, seen from the side against a dark background.
Zebra finches communicate via eye contact and calls to coordinate their spatial positions during flocking flight

Illustration of a DNA molecule and an Eppendorf reaction tube. Text: "PCR - Polymerase Chain Reaction".
The escape game covers the principles of the PCR method and enables high school students to apply their knowledge in molecular biology in a motivating context (available in German).
Great results often take their time
This website is in part still under construction, so please be patient with us whilst we tweak some final links and pages. In case you find something amiss, please let us know (communications@bi.mpg.de).


White-browed Sparrow Weaver (Plocepasser mahali. Copyright AdobeStock 124441553, Rachel Kolokoff-Hopper)
In the episode "Listen! What the Birds Tell Us" on March 20, 2022, Manfred Gahr explains how birds learn to sing (in German language)

No time to read?
You can also listen to audio versions of our research news.

Virtual visit of the institute in Seewiesen
Welcome to Seewiesen! Visit our campus via a video produced by our postdoc Luke Eberhart-Hertel. Giving an overview of our campus, it also briefly shows the lab work and the currently ongoing sleep research on geese.
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