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ERC Starting Grant for Anna Stöckl

The European Research Council (ERC) awarded a Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros in funding to Konstanz biologist Anna Stöckl for her project "Closing the loop in dynamic vision – from single photons to behaviour in extreme light environments" (or "DynamicVision" for short).

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Glyphosate impairs learning in bumblebees

What impacts do agrochemicals have on the ongoing global insect decline? Biologists at the University of Konstanz have found out that aversive learning is impaired in bumblebees exposed to glyphosate. Their study is published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

ICARUS flies faster, further

ICARUS has begun testing its new satellite receiver that will continue uninterrupted tracking of animals from space.

Messmer Prize 2023 for Liang Li

Every year, the Werner und Erika Messmer Foundation awards three science prizes to young researchers from the University of Konstanz from the post-doc phase onwards. In 2023, Liang Li, group leader at the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz and a member of the CASCB, received the prize.

Blackbuck mating heaven

Teaser: The researchers Hemal Naik, Akanksha Rathore, and Vivek Hari Sridhar went to Rajasthan, India, to study the mating behaviour of blackbucks from a bird's eye perspective. Read what they encountered during six adventurous weeks in the field.

Studying animal behaviour without markers

With a new marker less method it is now possible to track the gaze and fine-scaled behaviours of every individual bird and how that animal moves in the space with others. A research team from the Cluster of Excellence Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour (CASCB) at the University of Konstanz developed a dataset to advance behavioural research.

Computer vision and AI count bats in Africa’s largest colony

Once a year, a small forest in Zambia becomes the site of one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles. In November, straw-colored fruit bats migrate from across the African continent to a patch of trees in Kasanka National Park. For reasons not yet known, the bats converge for three months in a small area of the park, forming the largest colony of bats anywhere in Africa. The exact number of bats in this colony, however, has never been known. Estimates range anywhere from 1 to 10 million. A…

Gisela Kopp is new Chair of Die Junge Akademie

We congratulate Gisela Kopp member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, the Zukunftskolleg, and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at the University of Konstanz – who was elected as the new chair of Die Junge Akademie.