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, 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.


Portrait photo of group leader Angelika Harbauer with text “ERC Starting Grant – Angelika Harbauer”.
Angelika Harbauer receives ERC Starting Grant for her research on mitochondria

Illustration of two birds in yellow, grey, and black, sitting next to two thermometers showing high and low environmental temperatures, respectively.
Great tits reveal how birds cope with changes in environmental temperatures

Three female and three male persons are standing outdoors on a lawn. The females are holding flower bouquets.
Sandra Reinert, Renée Vieira and Sandra Fendl recognized for outstanding publications

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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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