CRC Junior Research Group "Evolution of Cooperation and Prosocial Behaviour"
Schrift vergrößern Schrift verkleinernBarrierefreie Version
Search | Deutsch
Prof Dirk Semmann

Prof. Dr. Dirk Semmann

Courant Research Center Evolution of Social Behavior
Research Group Evolution of cooperation and prosocial behaviour
Kellnerweg 6
D-37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49(0)551 / 39-14645
Mobil: +49(0)151 / 55010953


Dirk Semmann

I am an evolutionary biologist working experimentally on the topic of human social behavior. Since 2008 I am head of the Research Group "Evolution of Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior" at the Courant Research Center "Evolution of social behavior" at the University of Göttingen.
My research focuses on the evolution and maintenance of cooperative behavior in humans. By inviting participants to interact in computer-assisted economic games, we attempt to answer our research questions. These economic games originate from game theory and allow us to investigate cooperation in various conflict situations and ecological settings. Furthermore, the experimental research is underpinned by the development and analysis of evolutionary models and simulations. Moreover, cooperative behavior can be investigated by comparative studies between humans and non-human primates.

Before coming to Göttingen I have worked at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna, Autria, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Evolutionary Ecology) in Plön, Germany.


  • 05/2008 - present     Junior Research Group leader "Evolution of Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior", Courant Research Center "Evolution of Social Behavior", University of Göttingen

  • 08/2006 - 04/2008     Postdoctoral Fellow (DFG Scolarship), University of Vienna, Austria

  • 03/2006 - 07/2006     Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

  • 06/2005 - 02/2006     Project manager Cemet GmbH, Lübeck

  • 02/2005 - 05/2005     Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

  • 03/2004 - 01/2005     Max-Planck Post-doc Scholarship, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

  • PhD and Studies

    • 04/2001 - 02/2004     PhD-student at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Evolutionary Ecology), Plön and University of Kiel

      • Topic: "Human Cooperative Behavior" (Biology)

      • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manfred Milinski

    • 10/1992 - 03/2001 Study of biology at the University of Hamburg

      • Diploma thesis (external, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön)

      • Topic: "Experiments of Cooperation through Indirect Reciprocity"

      • Main subject: Zoology; Minor subjects: Hydrobiology, Human Biology