A critical switch that controls brain state

A central hub of neurons act as pulse generators[more]


Max Planck Researcher from Tübingen receives ERC Consolidator Grant

Millions in funding for research group leader Patrick Müller at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory[more]


Peter Dayan receives the distinction of being elected AAAS Fellow

AAAS highlights leadership in theoretical and computational neuroscience[more]


Scientists develop first implantable magnet resonance detector

A new miniature NMR implant measures neuronal activity[more]


Schiller Prize awarded to Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

The city of Marbach honoured the Nobel Laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard with the Schiller Prize on November 10. The developmental biologist and geneticist had shown courage and a sovereign spirit in her outstanding commitment...[more]


50 years of successful independent junior research

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates its anniversary[more]


Researchers unveil a real-time MRI method for the early detection of stroke

New functional imaging approach may become a key factor in detecting cerebral ischemia [more]


Andreas Geiger receives a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Geiger. Picture: Annette Cardinale

The funding will be used to advance the field of autonomous vision. Andreas Geiger, leader of the Max Planck Research Group for Autonomous Vision and professor of Computer Science at the University of Tübingen, has received an...[more]


Award Ceremony of the Körber Prize 2019

Professor Bernhard Schölkopf and science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Picture: Dr. Matthias Tröndle

Bernhard Schölkopf recives the Körber Prize in Hamburg on September 13, 2019 [more]


Multiple awards for doctoral thesis on the plant genetic consequences of climate change

Moises Exposito-Alonso received four awards for his dissertation on the impact of global climate change in the context of the earth's genetic biodiversity.[more]


Global warming may diminish plant genetic variety in Central Europe

Plant genetic varieties in Central Europe could collapse due to temperature extremes and drought brought on by climate change.[more]


Researchers reveal plant defense toolkit and insights for fighting crop diseases

International study provides a blueprint for disease surveillance in plants[more]


Isabel Valera appointed Group Leader of the new independent Probabilistic Learning Group

Isabel Valera heads the Probabilistic Learning Group since July 1, 2019

The award-winning scientist specializes in research aiming to make machine learning methods more flexible, robust, and fair[more]


Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard has received the lifetime achievement award from the Society for Developmental Biology (USA)

Christiane Nüsslein-Vollhard, Nobel Laureate and Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Copyright: MPI for Developmental Biology

Lifetime Achievement Award for consistently outstanding research achievements[more]


Ten papers accepted at ICCV 2019

The funding will be used to advance the field of autonomous vision. Andreas Geiger, leader of the Max Planck Research Group for Autonomous Vision and professor of Computer Science at the University of Tübingen, has received an...[more]


Siyu Tang appointed Tenure-track Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich

Dr. Siyu Tang. Picture: private.

The research group leader in the Perceiving Systems Department specializes in the development of computer-aided processes for the perception and digitisation of people and their activities in crowded scenes.[more]


Public statement - Scientists call for modernisation of European genetic engineering law

European scientists appeal to the newly elected European Parliament and the European Commission to simplify the use of new precision methods for improving crop breeding in order to enable the development of sustainable...[more]


Science clears up the macho cliché

The brain does not discriminate - Tübinger Neuroscientists found: Brain activity associated with sexual arousal is equal in men and women. Image courtesy of Marc Arthofer, design hoch drei GmbH

Sexual excitability is not a question of gender[more]


Scientists identify genes that give mice longer legs

Research may have implications for small populations experiencing rapid climate change[more]


Katherine J. Kuchenbecker appointed Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker began her term as Managing Director on July 1, 2019.

The Director of the Haptic Intelligence Department is the first female Managing Director in the institute’s history. Dr. Kuchenbecker's term is set to last 18 months, effective July 1, 2019.[more]


NeurIPS2019 Disentanglement Challenge kicks off - Bringing Disentanglement to the Real World

Registration opened on June 28 and the Challenge runs until September 24.[more]


Origins of the European potato dug up with plants collected by Darwin

Solanum tuberosum herbarium specimen collected in the Chonos Archipelago, Chile, by Charles Darwin on the voyage of the “Beagle”. Image by courtesy of the Cambridge University Herbarium.

Plants collected by Darwin have helped reveal the ancestry of European potatoes and solve nearly 100 years of debate on the crop’s origins[more]


Ruth Ley honoured by EMBO for excellence in life science

Ruth Ley

Joining a group of the best researchers in Europe and around the world.[more]


New Humboldt Professor is a perfect fit with Tübingen research

Peter Dayan, Photo: Thomas S.G. Farnetti

Peter Dayan to strengthen partnership between University and Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics[more]


VITA (Vitalia Glöckler) und JUTTA PESCHKE

Zu den Künstlerinnen: Vitalia Glöcker (VITA) Durch ihre Werke möchte sie beim Betrachter positive Gefühle - wie Gelassenheit, Freude und Leichtigkeit - auslösen und Assoziationen wecken. Dabei lässt die Vielschichtigkeit Ihrer...[more]


Inauguration of Prof. Logothetis in Athens

University of Athens awarded Nikos Logothetis Distinguished Honorary Professor and Doctorate [more]


Fascination of Plants Day 2019

The international 'Fascination of Plants Day' is an initiative dedicated to share our enthusiasm about the beauty and importance of plants. In 2019, special events will be organized on and around May 18 - not only here, but...[more]


Detlef Weigel has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cambridge, MA | April 17, 2019 – Today the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of its new members for 2019. This year, more than 200 individuals with compelling achievements in academia, business,...[more]


The Schiller Prize of the City of Marbach am Neckar 2019 will be awarded to Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

German only: Die Jury hat sich für die Tübinger Entwicklungsbiologin entschieden Der Schillerpreis der Stadt Marbach am Neckar wird 2019 an Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard verliehen. Diese Entscheidung traf die Jury unter dem ...[more]


A peptide against cannibalism

The nematode Pristionchus is a predator. Here it is killing a Caenorhabditis larvae. A peptide on the body surface of its larvae keeps the worm from devouring its own offspring.

A worm whose favorite dish is – of all things - worm larvae has to take great care not to accidentally devour its own progeny. How these tiny worms of merely a millimeter in length manage to distinguish their own offspring from...[more]


Klaus Scheffler receives €3 million to revolutionise magnetic resonance

Prof. Dr. Klaus Scheffler, head of the Department of High-field Magnetic Resonance at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and director of the Department of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance at the University of Tübingen

EU invests €540 million to support cutting-edge research[more]


Matthias Schlüter: Eröffnung der Ausstellung „Über Land, zu Wasser und in der Luft – Dynamische Bilder“

Einladung zur Vernissage mit elektronisch-experimenteller Live- Musik am 20.02.2019[more]


The cerebral cortex is a fast learner

3 Tesla MRI; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tübingen researchers trace the formation of memories in the cerebral neocortex[more]


European scientists unite to safeguard precision breeding for sustainable agriculture

Arabidopsis thaliana

Tübingen, 25 October 2018. Leading scientists representing more than 75 European plant and life sciences research centers and institutes have endorsed a position paper that urgently calls upon European policy makers to...[more]


2018 Trainee Award goes to employee of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Congratulations! The Trainee Award 2018 goes to Mrs. Laetitia Djayou: Handing over of the certificate and a cash prize by the managing director Prof. Heinrich Bülthoff, the award winner Mrs. Laetitia Djayou and the workshop manager Markus Scheu (f.l.t.r.). Copyright: Beate Fülle/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Award for the precision mechanic Ms. Laetitia Djayou [more]


Mark Krause: Exhibition “Spotlight Portraits”

Invitation to the vernissage with a "Live Painting Music Performance" on 24 October 2018[more]


LISA: Scientists introduce a new method of statistical inference in neuroimaging (fMRI)

This image shows a comparison of LISA against the most commonly used other statistical inference algorithms. Brain activations detected by LISA are better reproducible and are thus more reliable. Source: Gabriele Lohmann/MPI for Biological Cybernetics (cited in Nature Communications 9:4014 (2018) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-06304-z

New method detects brain activations with improved sensitivity and accuracy[more]


Spatial memory is not like a „map in the head“

We often see models and maps of navigable spaces. However, accumulating evidence suggests that our spatial memory is not structured this way. The bronze model of the Old Town stands in front of the Tübingen City Museum. Copyright: Universitätsstadt Tübingen

How do we store the spatial information of our surrounding?[more]


Neuroscientists Receive the Attempto Prize

Dr. Leonid Federov Copyright: Friedhelm Albrecht

Leonid Fedorov honored for outstanding research on the brain[more]


Body perception research using virtual reality – is this avatar really me?

Left: Screenshot of the virtual scene viewed by the participant; Middle: participant views personalized avatar on large-screen immersive stereo display, mimicking a scenario as if standing in front of a full-length mirror (right). Copyright: Anne Thaler @ Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

How do we perceive our own body weight? Which body weight do we find attractive? [more]

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