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 research center caesar (a neuroethology institute of the Max Planck Society), the University of Bonn, and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) in Bonn.
Our research groups bring a unique combination of experimental and computational approaches to bear on the question of how the brain controls behavior across a variety of species. 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 circuity 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.