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.

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Microscopic image of cells in shades of blue and purple.
A novel chemical labeling method allows transient events in cells to be recorded for later analysis
Portrait photo in black and white of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wickler in front of a bookshelf.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wickler, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen (1973–1999) passed away on 12 January

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Social behavior of Cichlids

Social behavior of Cichlids

Video December 17, 2023
Dive into the investigation of the complex social behaviors of Cichlids. 
Zebrafish behavior

Zebrafish behavior

Video December 10, 2023
Watch Joe at his multi-faceted work to investigate the integration of sensory input.
Fieldwork in Mexico

Fieldwork in Mexico

Video November 12, 2023
Join Luke Eberhart-Hertel on an exciting fieldtrip to Mexico, investigating snowy plovers.
Decoding neurodevelopment

Decoding neurodevelopment

Video October 29, 2023
Unravel the mysteries of brain development with Ann and Yana, studying interneurons.
Mitochondria research

Mitochondria research

Video October 22, 2023
Spend a day in the lab with PhD students Isabel & Tabitha, investigating mitochondria.
Where’s the mRNA?

Where’s the mRNA?

Video October 08, 2023
Come trace the mRNA with Juliana: Watch her lab routine researching hormones in birds.
Fieldwork in Madagascar

Fieldwork in Madagascar

Video September 24, 2023
Join an exciting trip to Madagascar and find out more about plover research. 
Motion vision in fruit flies

Motion vision in fruit flies

Video September 18, 2023
Inspire your vision with insights into motion vision research.
Fieldwork in Alaska

Fieldwork in Alaska

Video August 20, 2023
Follow Bart Kempenaers and his team into the vastness of Alaska.
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