Research Institutes

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Please find below a non-exhaustive list of academic institutes that are involved in research and teaching within the framework of Behavioural Biology. This list only covers institutes that are based in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Find here a list of all Dutch and Flemish institutes. If you are missing any institutes, please contact Dr Manon Schweinfurth (ms397[at]

Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany)
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology


Friedrich-Löffler-Institute, Celle (Germany)
Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry


German Primate Center, Göttingen (Germany)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit
Cognitive Ethology Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Research Group: Social Evolution in Primates


Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
Department of Animal Behaviour and Neurophysiology
Department of Zoology


Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Ecology and Social Evolution


Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Giessen (Germany)
Department of Animal Physiology
Laboratory Animal Science and Animal Welfare


Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Grünau (Austria)
Centre for Behaviour and Cognition


L’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne / EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Department of Behaviour and Cognition


Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Dummerstorf (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Physiology


Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (Germany)
Department of Evolutionary Ecology


Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Ecology


Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)
Department of Animal Physiology
Department of Zoology


Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour, Konstanz (Germany)
Department of Animal Migration
Department of Collective Behaviour
Department of Ecology of Animal Societies
Research Group: Cognitive and Cultural Ecology


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön (Germany)
Research Group: Behavioural Ecology of Individual Differences
Research Group: Behavioural Genomics
Research Group: Biological Clocks
Research Group: Dynamics of Social Behaviour


Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics
Department of Behavioural Neurobiology
Research Group: Acoustic and Functional Ecology
Research Group: Avian Sleep
Research Group: Behavioural Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology
Research Group: Communication and Social Behaviour
Research Group: Comparative Cognition
Research Group: Evolutionary Physiology
Research Group: Evolution of Sensory Systems
Research Group: Neural Circuits for Vocal Communication
Research Group: Physiological Ecology of  Life Histories


University of Basel, Basel (Switzerland)
Department of Evolutionary Biology


University of Bern, Bern (Switzerland)
Department of Behavioural Ecology


University of Bern, Veterinary Public Health Institute, Bern (Switzerland)
Division of Animal Welfare


University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld (Germany)
Department of Animal Behaviour
Department of Behavioural Ecology


University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany)
Department of Comparative Neuroanatomy
Department of Neuroethology/Sensory Ecology
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology


University of Graz, Graz (Austria)
Section Zoology


University of Greifswald, Greifswald (Germany)
Institute of Zoology


University of Hamburg, Hamburg (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Biology


University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria)
Department of Zoology


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria)
Division of Livestock Sciences


University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover (Germany)
Institute for Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Behaviour
Institute of Zoology


University of Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Department of Ecology and Evolution


University of Münster, Münster (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Biology


University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Department of Behavioural Ecology
Department of Comparative Cognition


University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg (Germany)
Department of Animal Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology


University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück (Germany)
Department of Behavioural Biology


University of Potsdam, Potsdam (Germany)
Department of Animal Ecology


University of Regensburg, Regensburg (Germany)
Department of Evolutionary Biology


University of Siegen, Siegen (Germany)
Department of Ecology and Behavioural Biology


University of Tübingen, Tübingen (Germany)
Department of Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Department of Animal Physiological Ecology
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Comparative Zoology


University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
Department for Behavioral and Cognitive Biology
Institute of Animal Welfare Science
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology
Messerli Research Institute


University of Zurich-Irchel, Zurich (Switzerland)
Department of Animal Behaviour
Department of Ecology and Environment
Department of Evolutionary Biology