Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock


The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn to focus on rodent studies.

His decision was driven by failures in support from his institution and others in the aftermath of a campaign by the German animal group Soko Tierschutz.