How we play together

Psychologists from the Cluster of Excellence Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour are using EEG to research what games reveal about our ability to cooperate.

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[Translate to Englisch:] Quaggamuscheln im Genfersee: Die Biomasse pro Quadratmeter dürfte in den nächsten 22 Jahren noch um den Faktor 9 bis 20 anwachsen.

Quagga mussel: Forecasts for affected lakes

A comparison of Lake Constance, Lake Geneva and Lake Biel with the Great Lakes of North America shows that the invasive quagga mussel is spreading with similar dynamics on both continents. This gives Europe a glimpse into the future.

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"Excluded from the great theatre of life": Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk speaks in Konstanz about the exclusion of women from literature and society. A reading and discussion with the Nobel Prize winner as part of the "Our uni – our book" series.

This article has been published in German.

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A role model for sustainability

On 8 November 2023, the University of Konstanz received the National ESD-Award (Education for Sustainable Development) from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Commission for UNESCO. The university's overall concept for education and sustainability convinced the jury.

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Keiko Kitagawa during the excavation in the Lone Valley in southern Germany. Copyright: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg

Genetic traces of the woolly rhinoceros in southern Germany

A woolly rhinoceros in southern Germany? Researchers from the universities in Konstanz and Tübingen as well as the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg reconstruct the flora and fauna of the Stone Age based on genetic clues in hyena coprolites. Now, for the first time ever, they were able to sequence the mitochondrial genome of the extinct European woolly rhinoceros.

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Arriving in Konstanz – interview with Lena Barra

What's it like to be an early career researcher at the University of Konstanz? Lena Barra, a tenure-track professor in the Department of Chemistry since 2022, gives us insights into her research in enzymology and reports on what it's like to get started in Konstanz.

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How can life emerge in a world of minerals?

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an ERC Synergy Grant of 9,996,000 Euros to the project “The role of silica at the dawn of life on our planet” (PROTOS). In the project, Helmut Cölfen, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Konstanz, will collaborate with researchers from the University of Bremen, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-Geo-Ocean) in Brest, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC ) in Granada that coordinates the project.

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