Photo of the institute entrance in Martinsried, five persons walking towards it. Photo of the institute entrance in Seewiesen.

Welcome at the MPI for Biological Intelligence!

In January 2022, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence emerged from the MPI for Ornithology (MPIO), located in Seewiesen and the MPI of Neurobiology (MPIN) in Martinsried. The final, legal foundation of the institute with the two locations happened on January 1, 2023.

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.


Scientist wearing a white lab coat stands behind a table that holds a large experimental setup.
Lukas Groschner receives Schilling Research Award of the German Neuroscience Society 2023

Life science hub for the scientists of the future
Two new international programs for doctoral students start at the Institutes in Martinsried and Seewiesen

Parrots remember their own actions
This ability is an important prerequisite for self-representation and episodic memory

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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)

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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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