Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior works closely with the University of Konstanz to understand and predict animal decision-making in the natural world. Together with the Cluster of Excellence “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” and the Centre for Visual Computing of Collectives, it is part of Konstanz’s top-level research hub for the quantitative study of behaviour.

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize for Iain Couzin

Outstanding research on the "rules of the swarm": behavioural biologist Professor Iain Couzin from the University of Konstanz awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Leibniz Prize is the most important and most highly endowed research award in Germany.

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One algorithm to rule decision-making

Researchers uncover a single rule for how animals make spatial decisions while on the move – international research project lead by Konstanz scientists

Among the most influential scientists

Collective behaviour researcher Prof Iain Couzin from the University of Konstanz has been included in the 2021 list of the “Global Highly Cited Researchers” for the fourth time in a row.

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