Funding for new Max Planck building in Konstanz

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior gets a new building at the University of Konstanz

Baden-Württemberg supports the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior at the University of Konstanz with 60 million euros. The facility is of enormous importance for the state government’s activities on climate protection and in the field of artificial intelligence.

With 58 million euros, Baden-Württemberg will support the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Biology on Lake Constance,

Konstanz scientists among the world’s most influential

Two collective behaviour researchers, Iain Couzin and Damien Farine, have been named in the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group.

The annual list identifies scientists and social scientists whose work was most often cited in the last decade, underlining the influence and impact the researchers have had in their fields.

Couzin and Farine – from the Max Planck institute of Animal Behavior (MPIAB),

Current Biology: The multilevel society of a small-brained bird

The first publication of the vulturine guineafowl project is out! The team in the Farine lab have revealed the best evidence yet for a multilevel society in a bird species. The study demonstrates that vulturine guineafowl live in stable groups that comprise of multiple breeding units, and that these groups interact preferentially with other groups, both during the day and at communal roosts. The study combined large-scale census data with high-resolution GPS tracking to reveal the highly detailed information about the vulturine guineafowl society.

eLife: Improving measurement of animal behaviour using deep learning

Team of collective behaviour researchers, led by PhD student Jake Graving, develop deep learning toolkit for high-speed measurement of body posture in animals.

A new toolkit goes beyond existing machine learning methods by measuring body posture in animals with high speed and accuracy. Developed by researchers from the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, this deep learning toolkit,

Iain Couzin wins the 2019 Lagrange Prize

The first and most important international recognition in the field of complex systems awarded to a pioneer of the study of collective animal behaviour.

Iain Couzin, a leader in the study of collective animal behaviour, is the recipient of the 2019 Lagrange – CRT Foundation Prize, the first and most important international recognition dedicated to the study of complex systems across all disciplines. Couzin is Director of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz as well as Chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour and Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz.

ERC Starting Grant to Study the Ecology of Collective Behaviour

15Dr. Damien Farine wins 2019 ERC grant

Biologist at the interface of collective behaviour and ecology nabs prestigious European grant for early career researchers.

Dr. Damien Farine, a principal investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant. Announced today, the prominent grant—which includes 1.5 million euros in funding over the next 5 years—is designed to help early career scientists and scholars build their own teams and conduct pioneering research.

PLoS Biology: Are fish aware of themselves?

The cleaner wrasse responds to a mirror reflection as self—but does this mean that fish are self-aware?

The ability to perceive and recognise a reflected mirror image as self is considered a hallmark of cognition across species. Now researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, the University of Konstanz, and Osaka City University report that cleaner wrasse respond to their reflection and attempt to remove marks on its body during the mirror test.