Empowering the Future of Neuroscience

Empowering the Future of Neurosceince

What is the iBehave Network?

The iBehave Network brings together excellent experimental and theoretical neuroscientists, computational scientists and clinician scientists from the Rhine area to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. The Network strengthens the already existing, close working relationship between all participating institutions as well as empowers new collaborative research projects.

We train a new generation of outstanding neuroscientists to unravel how the brain controls behavior across species. We welcome students and scientists with a background in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, medicine, or related fields to join or collaborate with investigators of the iBehave Network. Our goal is to create a lively and inspiring community for young and experienced neuroscientists. Researchers within the network can take full advantage of the vibrant research community, benefit from the value of joint knowledge, resources and the state-of-the-art facilities for theoretical and practical training.

Research Interests

Humans and all animals live in ever-changing environments. The ability to flexibly adapt behavior to changed requirements is therefore critical for all organisms to thrive and survive. Consequently, all species have evolved the general capability to make sensory-guided decisions that weigh benefits against cost, based on expectations from previous experience. Such decisions and their implementation through adaptive motor control continuously permeate every aspect of life, yet the underlying processes in the brain are insufficiently understood.

Moreover, the neural networks for adaptive behavior are targets of common neurological diseases. iBehave brings together a world-class group of scientists who will work across disciplines and species to study behaviors relevant for survival, and their underlying neuronal networks.

3D motion capture of a walking fruit fly on an air-suspended ball, under optogenetic control of a walking-initiating brain neuron. Video recordings with six high-speed cameras (400 Hz, only left side shown) allow the accurate and robust 3D reconstruction of leg joint kinematics at high temporal resolution. Tracking of joint positions in the videos is performed with the deep-learning toolbox DeepLabCut. Courtesy of Moritz Haustein, Büschges Lab, UoC.

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Our network of scientists and clinicians aims to define natural behaviors and their neuronal implementation and understand mechanisms of disturbed behavior in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. This will drive innovation in diagnosis and therapy.

News & Events

Stay informed with the latest neuroscience discoveries and events through our News and Events page. It offers up-to-date information on research breakthroughs, conferences, and seminars, outreach activities ensuring you never miss a significant development.

iBOTS Code

iBehave network has a dedicated iBOTS team at Life and Brain Center on Bonn’s UKB campus. They provide programming support to neuroscience researchers in 40+ labs by assisting with data collection, processing, and analysis tasks integral to research projects.


iBehave Network’s principal investigators have published extensively in top-tier scientific journals, showcasing the network’s commitment to advancing neuroscience and behavior research and making meaningful contributions to the scientific community.

Outreach Activities

We believe in the importance of public outreach to connect scientific community with society. Through our events like lectures, seminars, and workshops, we aim to communicate scientific knowledge and enhance understanding of science’s impact on society.

Resources for Students

Access a range of support services and academic resources for PhD students to assist with research and professional development including databases, workshops, and more. The page also has information on visa, housing, transportation and healthcare resources in Germany.