International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior

Bonn, Germany

Learning type(s): In Person

Language(s): English

Duration: 3 years

Degrees available: PhD

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Domains: Circuit Dynamics and Oscillations, Cognition and Neural Network, Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, Emotion and Behaviour, Excitability and Plasticity, Internal States and Homeostasis, Motivation, Emotion and Behaviour, Motor Systems, Sensory Systems, Synaptic Integration, Excitability and Plasticity

Subdomains: Animal behaviour, Animal models, Animal studies, Attention and Perception, Biological rhythms and sleep, Brain connectivity, Conceptual modelling and pure theory, Data analysis and software tools, Data Driven Modelling, Deep and Machine Learning, Electron microscopy, Electrophysiology, Learning and memory, Multi-electrode recordings, arrays and silicon probes, Multisensory integration, Neural circuit mechanisms, Neuroethology, Physiology and imaging, Synaptic transmission

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain & Behavior is a fully-funded PhD program in Bonn, Germany that offers a competitive world-class PhD training and research program in the field of neuroethology and neuroscience. IMPRS for Brain & Behavior is a collaboration between Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior (MPINB), the University of Bonn, and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Establishing the link between brain circuits and behavior is known as ‘neuroethology’, which aims to understand how the collective activity of the vast numbers of interconnected neurons in the brain gives rise to the diversity of animal behaviors. To gain a full understanding of brain circuitry underlying a specific behavior requires the combination of research approaches focusing on different levels of detail – ranging from the anatomical reconstruction of neural circuits to the quantitative behavioral analysis of freely moving animals and natural behavior. The IMPRS for Brain & Behavior is unique and distinguishes itself from other graduate schools in the field of neuroscience by focusing its efforts on providing theoretical and methodological training in neuroethology and modern neuroscience methods.


International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain and Behavior, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee, Bonn, Germany