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Prof. Dr.

Friedrich G. Barth

Year of election: 1999
Section: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
City: Vienna
Country: Austria
CV Friedrich G. Barth - English (pdf)


The main research interests of Friedrich G. Barth are twofold. (i) Neurobiology of sensors and sensing as interfaces between the environment and behaviour in a broad organismal context. The emphasis of this work is on mechanoreception in spiders which not only turned out to be exquisitely fine-tuned to the biologically relevant stimulus patterns but could also successfully be subjected to quantitative mathematical modeling and computational biomechanics. In addition to providing numerous new insights in the workings of mechanoreception (strain, vibration, touch and medium flow sensing) this interdisciplinary work promoted the interest in bio-inspired synthetic sensors.

(ii) A second line of research has been the communication related to the recruitmernt behaviour of stingless bees. This work, mainly carried out in Brazil, has had its focus on the signals and cues which these bees use with remarkable success and without evidence for any kind of a “dance language“  as in honeybees.Image: mediendienst.com / Foto Wilke


  • since 2008 Professor Emeritus, University of Vienna Austria
  • 1987-2008 Professor of Zoology / Neurobiology, Head of Department of Neurobiology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1974-1987 Professor of Zoology, J.W.Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1971 Habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
  • 1967 Ph.D. Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
  • 1962-1963 Studies in neurobiology and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1959-1962 Studies in zoology, botany, physics, chemistry, and human physiology at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany


  • since 2007 Editorial Board, Journal of Bionic Engineering
  • 2006-2008 President, Austrian Neuroscience Association
  • since 2004 Member,  Governing Council , International Brain Research Organization
  • since 1996 Editor in Chief, Journal of Comparative Physiology  A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural and Behavioral Physiology
  • 1994-1995 Founding President, Austrian Neuroscience Association
  • 1983-1989 Member, Board of the German Zoological Society
  • 1983-1988 Editor, Proceedings of the German Zoological Society
  • 1981-1983 Dean, Faculty of Biology, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt / Main, Germany
  • 1976-1977 Director, Institute of Zoology, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt / Main, Germany
  • 1975-2009 Vertrauensdozent, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Honours and Memberships

  • since 2008 Member, European DANA Alliance for the Brain
  • 2007 Award of the City of Vienna for Science and Technology
  • 2001 Kardinal-Innitzer Prize
  • 2000 Karl Ritter von Frisch Medal and Award
  • since 1999 Member, German National  Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • since 1998 Corresponding Member, Bavarian Academy of Science
  • since 1996 Member, Academia Europaea
  • since 1995 Member (full), Austrian Academy of Science
  • 1991-1995 Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Science
  • 1991 Russel  S. Springer Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
  • since 1987 Member, Scientific Society at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt / Main, Germany
  • 1959-1967 Member, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes




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