Associate Members of the Zukunftskolleg are project staff, doctoral researchers and external cooperation partners of the fellows and Senior Fellows. Associated Fellowships are granted for the duration of one year upon application only. Beneficiaries of the Zukunftskolleg´s funding programmes or members of the University of Konstanz whose field of work is related to that of the research units represented in the Zukunftskolleg can also apply for an Associated Fellowship.

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Ana Del Arco Ochoa

Biology

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Phone: +49 7531  88-3532

Room: U323

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Biology, Limnological Institute

Project: Microbial-mediated protection against virus infections

Associated Fellow since 11/2021

See detailed profile: https://www.limnologie.uni-konstanz.de/en/ag-becks/team/ana-del-arco/

Thomas Böttcher

Chemistry

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Professor for Microbial Biochemistry, University of Vienna, Austria since 10/2020

At the Zukunftskolleg since 03/2014 (former Research Fellow)

Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Chemistry

Project: Facing the challenges of antibiotic resistance

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In his popular science article, “Antibiotic Resistance: Facing the Challenges of Bacterial Infections,” published in the G.I.T. Laboratory Journal, he addressed the problem of the evolution and rapid spread of antibiotic resistances and presented an outlook on future strategies for the treatment of infectious diseases.

Klaus Boldt

Chemistry

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Professor for Chemistry, University of Rostock, Germany, since 03/2022

At the Zukunftskolleg since 04/2015 (former Research Fellow)

Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Chemistry

Project: Binary Nano-Metamaterials as Building Blocks for the Next Generation of Electronics

The project focuses on the synthesis as well as the electronic and spectroscopic characterisation of colloidal, nanocrystalline heterostructures. It combines the size dependence of material properties on the nanoscale with the formation of heterojunctions between two different compounds. These effects allow for very fine and precise tuning of the material's properties. The next step is to transfer this paradigm from the level of single particles to a larger hierarchy, yielding a metamaterial that is defined by both the nanocrystalline building blocks and their superstructure. By using anisotropic nanoparticles, which absorb light or conduct charge carriers depending on their orientation, a directionality will be introduced. Such metamaterial can be handled, contacted, or integrated into photonic or electronic devices.

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/klaus.boldt/

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Julia Boll

Literature

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Phone: +49 7531  88-5689

Room: Y 222

Post office box: 216

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Literature

Project: Thinking Through Theatre: the Bare Life and the Stage

At the Zukunftskolleg since 03/2013 (former Postdoctoral Fellow)

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/j.boll/

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Maria Cruz Berrocal

History and Sociology

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of History and Sociology

Project: The Study of Early Colonialism in the Pacific: Archaeology in Small Islands, History of Global Processes

At the Zukunftskolleg since 09/2013 (former Research Fellow)

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/maria.cruz-berrocal/

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Felix Hamborg

Computer and Information Science

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Phone: +49 7531  88-4805

Room: 725

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Computer and Information Science

Project: Analysis of media bias in news articles using natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning

Associated Fellow since 12/2021

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zFkEOJEAAAAJ 

Mohsen Jenadeleh

Computer and Information Science

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Phone: +49 7531  88-2035

Room: Z712

Post office box: 697

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Computer and Information Science

Project: Visually lossless compression for JND-based video quality assessment using crowdsourcing

Associated Fellow since 12/2021

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.no/citations?user=AkDunrwAAAAJ&hl=en

Cornelia Klocker

Law

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At the Zukunftskolleg since 04/2019 (former Postdoctoral Fellow)

Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Law

Project: What Makes a Group? An Empirical Study of the European Court of Human Rights’ Understanding of the Term “Group” in its Non-discrimination Case Law

This research project proposes a qualitative empirical study based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on non-discrimination according to Article 14 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Article 1 Protocol 12 to the ECHR and the groups it considers to fall within the scope of those articles. Research on group or collective rights is mostly conducted on a theoretical level outlining the general conditions for such rights to exist and although these are crucial preconditions for any debate on group rights, some difficult questions in practice remain: Which groups? Is it ethnic or national minorities, people with disabilities, workers or a religious community? Or all of them? Also, are such categorisations useful at all for the advancement of group rights based on collective interests? By analysing the ways in which the Court has addressed groups in its non-discrimination case law and whether its approach is limiting or supporting rights held by groups, this study aims to contribute to the body of group rights research from a practical perspective.

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/cornelia.klocker/

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See video on Cornelia Klocker's research project.

Jeff Kochan

Philosophy

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Phone: +49 07531 88 - 5661

Room: Y 318

Post office box: 216

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Philosophy

Project: The Constructive Role of Emotion in Scientific Reasoning

Associated Fellow since 09/2012

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Liliana Lopes de Abreu

Politics and Public Administration

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Phone: +49 7531  88-4412

Post office box: 91

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of of Politics and Public Administration

Project: Global mental health in post-conflict regions

Associated Fellow since 05/2022

Website: https://www.polver.uni-konstanz.de/hoeffler/team/dr-liliana-abreu/

Ana Isabel López García

Politics and Public Administration

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Phone: +49 7531  88-4412

Room: D 203

Post office box: 91

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Politics and Public Administration

Project: Migration, tax evasion and bribery - evidence from a conjoint experiment in Mexico

Associated Fellow since 07/2021

Caterina Moruzzi

Philosophy

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Phone: +49 7531  88-3524

Room: G620

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Philosophy

Project: Human and Artificial Creativity

Associated Fellow since 11/2021

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Doris Penka

Linguistics

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Phone: +49 7531  88-4243

Room: Y 119

Post office box: 216

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Linguistics

Project: Quantifiers in Natural Language

At the Zukunftskolleg since 08/2008 (former Research Fellow)

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/doris.penka/

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Jennifer Randerath

Psychology

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Research group leader, University of Vienna, Austria, from 10/2022

At the Zukunftskolleg since 07/2015 (former Research Fellow)

Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Psychology

Project: Motor Cognition: Behavioral and Neural Principles as well as Clinical Implications

This project focuses on an important ability in everyday life: interacting with tools and objects. Examples range from reaching, grasping and manipulating tools to more complex everyday life actions such as making coffee. Yearly there are numerous cases with limb apraxia, a complex cognitive motor disorder after stroke that typically affects the use of tools. Limb apraxia is a predictor for performance on daily life tasks. And yet many aspects of this disorder remain to be investigated, such as underlying mechanisms, predictors for its persistence in chronic phases or suggestions for new trainings. To gain vital future advancements in the topic of motor cognition, controlled fundamental behavioral and neuroimaging research with healthy adults and patients are combined. This translational neuroscience project is predominantly designed to obtain new insights into the mechanisms of planning object related actions as well as the development of training-approaches for patients with a disorder therein. Therefore the interdisciplinary project is conducted via a joint collaboration of the University of Konstanz's Department of Psychology and the Kliniken Schmieder in Allensbach.

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/jennifer.randerath/

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See video on Jennifer Randerath's research project.

Andreas Spitz

Computer and Information Science

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Room: Z 815

Post office box: 712

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Computer and Information Science
Junior Professor for Data and Information Mining

Project 1: Crowdsourcing the collection and identification of predatory academic junk mail
Project 2: Corpus Exploration at Scale Using Contextual Implicit Entity Networks

Associated Fellow since 08/2021

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=F_RkRmcAAAAJ

Stephan Streuber

Computer and Information Science

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Professor (W2) for “Usability Engineering und User Interface Design in the area of Visual Computing" at Coburg University of applied sciences and arts, Germany

At the Zukunftskolleg since 06/2019 (former Research Fellow)

Affiliated with the Department of Computer and Information Science

Project: Studying Collective Behavior using Virtual Reality

Many social phenomena emerging in human (and non-human) collectives - from the interpersonal coordination of bodily movements and internal states (e.g. intentions, emotions, thought) to the evolution of social norms, culture or language - are not yet well understood and they are difficult to model. These phenomena often emerge within a complex social context of a network of simultaneously interacting agents. Therefore, a key to understanding collective behavior is to understand how individuals operate in the context of other agents. Most current experimental paradigms used in social psychology and social neurosciences do not provide an interactive social context. For instance, psychophysical or neuroimaging paradigms require participants to respond to non-interactive social stimuli presented on a computer screen. Researchers have raised concerns about the ecological validity of using non-interactive experimental paradigms to study social interactions. Here we propose the development of a new experimental paradigm to study collective behavior under interactive, immersive, close to natural and controlled experimental conditions using Virtual Reality (VR).

Elena Sturm

Chemistry

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Phone: +49 7531  88-5294
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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Chemistry

Project: Nanostructured Composite Materials

The research and development of nanostructured materials (including nanocomposites) is one of the most emerging interdisciplinary areas of materials science. It is one of the largest and fastest growing areas that covers and even interconnects many of the traditional fields of chemistry, physics and biology. Due to their unique and sophisticated structuring, nanocomposite materials reveal unique physical and chemical properties significantly different from the bulk properties of their components. The most fascinating natural examples of nanocomposite materials are represented by so-called biominerals, acting as functional materials in living systems. In particular, apatite-organic (protein) nanocomposites are the main components of bone and teeth hard tissues of vertebrates (including humans). The development of these hierarchical nanocomposite structures is highly complex and obviously optimized during evolution processes. In order to get deeper insight into the basic principles of apatite based biomineralization especially with respect to evolutionary optimization during natural selection processes, a focus will be put on the detailed investigation of the hierarchical structure of the apatite-based hard tissues of the elements of the feeding apparatus of one of the earliest vertebrates, namely conodonts (495–199.6 Ma). Parallel to these investigations biomimetic experiments for the growth of apatite-gelatine nanocomposites (also with collagen) are performed by variation of the chemical components of the system. The comprehensive investigation of conodont hard tissues and biomimetically grown composite aggregates offers the chance to establish the bridge between palaeobiology (early development of vertebrate hard tissues) and today’s in-vitro experiments.

Fellow since 03/2013 (former Research Fellow)

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/en/persons/profile/elena.sturm/

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Mikhail Volkov

Physics

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Phone: +49 7531  88-4871

Room: P846

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Physics

Project: Structural dynamics of chemically engineered 2D materials

Associated Fellow from 05/2022

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=EGLfGW0AAAAJ&hl=en

Publons: https://publons.com/researcher/4782456/mikhail-volkov/

Group website: https://www.baum.uni-konstanz.de/

Maria Zhukova

Literature

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Phone: +49 7531  88-5671

Room: Y 324

Post office box: 216

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Associated Fellow upon application

Affiliated with the Department of Literature

Project: Television and its Media Counterparts in Russian Film and Literature, 2000s-2010s

At the Zukunftskolleg since 06/2016

See detailed profile: scikon.uni-konstanz.de

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