Leibniz-Institute für Neurobiologie (LIN)

The Leibniz Institut für Neurobiologie is a research-only institution devoted to the study of learning and memory. It is part of the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL), which like the institutes of the Max Planck Society are jointly funded by the federal and state governments of Germany. The scientific strengths of the LIN include the molecular and cellular bases of synaptic function, learning and memory. The annual budget of the LIN is appr. 10 mio €, allocated to 5 departments. In addition to the general facilities of the institute, the departments can draw on collaboration with 6 research groups and 7 special labs, as well as the LIN workshops, with in total approx. 100 scientific and 100 non-scientific staff. In spring 2011, the LIN has moved into a new approx. 40 Mio € research building tailored to its needs; on this occasion the Department of Genetics of Learning and Memory was established de novo in April 2012, and Prof. Dr. Bertram Gerber was appointed as head of this department. In addition to the new infrastructure, generous start-up funds and an annual budget of approx 200T €, the department features 3 intramurally funded post-doctoral scientist positions, 4 technicians, 1 secretary and 1 junior research group with 1 post-doc and 1 PhD student. The department can currently draw upon grants from the Deutsche Forschunggemeinschaft (DFG) in the highly competitive frameworks of the CRC-779 Motivated Behaviour and the PP-1392 Integrated Analyses of Olfaction, as well as from the federal-government consortium Bernstein Focus Insect-inspired robotics: Memory in decision-making.

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