The mechanisms underlying visually guided behaviour of insects, such as flies and bumblebees, are the main focus of this module. Methods that may be used in the projects are behavioural analysis and/or electrophysiology, but also computational modelling.
Students carry out individual research experiments that are immediately related to ongoing projects of the neurobiology group. Topic and scope of each project are subject to an individual agreement with the supervising researcher. For more information about the research profile of the neurobiology group see http://web.biologie.uni-bielefeld.de/neurobiology/index.php/research.
Literature will be suggested individually and according to the research topic. Students are expected to present their project both in the form of a written project report as well as a seminar talk.
Important note: The Supplementary Module and the two Research Modules must be taken in at least two different departments. The Supplementary Module may be taken in fields related to the Graduate Programme in other Biology departments, but also in other faculties at Bielefeld University, but also at other research institutions. A weekly seminar (Thursday 4.15 pm – 5.45 pm) for all students of the Master Programme "Behaviour: From Neural Mechanisms to Evolution" will be an integral part of the Supplementary and the Research Modules. This seminar has the following goals:
• Scientists from other research institutions will be invited to give talks and discuss their results with the graduate students.
• The students of the Graduate Programme will present the project plan and results of their research projects and discuss them with the other graduate students and the supervisors. Discussions will focus on the projects themselves, but also on presentation techniques.
• Conceptual, methodological and statistical issues relevant in any research area involved in the Masters Programme will be discussed.
• General issues of science management, such as designing scientific projects or writing a grant application, will be trained.