New Call for Manfred Ulmer Scholarship

Acting on behalf of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft the Zukunftskolleg awards the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship to a doctoral student every year. The programme is open to doctoral students of all disciplines and pays 1,000 euros per month over six months. It enables the scholars to bridge a financial gap between their studies and their doctoral phase. Deadline for the current call for applications is July 15, 2014.
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http://www.profil.uni-konstanz.de/stiften-und-foerdern/s...

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Advancing Research Methodology

In an interdisciplinary project funded by the Zukunftskolleg Margarita Stolarova and Tanja Rinker together with their students Corinna Wolf and Aenne Brielmann could demonstrate, how reliability and agreement of ratings need to be analyzed and reported, in order to prevent misinterpretation of results in clinical and educational research. They published a methodological paper that deals with widespread shortcomings in assessing inter-rater agreement and reliability, common in many disciplines,...

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Irene Heim at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Senior Fellow Irene Heim from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. She has been nominated by Doris Penka and will be our guest until June 6, 2014. Irene Heim is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is one of the most renowned scholars working on the semantics of natural languages.

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New colleagues in the Zukunftskolleg Central Office

The Zukunftskolleg happily welcomes two new colleagues in the Central Office since Monday, May 5.
Magdalena Delucis is our new Program Manager for Internationalization. In succession to Nani Clow, Magdalena coordinates the Marie Curie 'Zukunftskolleg Incoming Fellowships' program, is responsible for the ZIF Research Fellows and covers strategic issues related to EU-funding and internationalization. She can be reached under phone 5686, via email under magdalena.delucis@uni-konstanz.de or in her...

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant for Andreas Thum

Emmy Noether Group Leader and Zukunftskolleg Research Fellow Andreas Thum was accepted in the international guest researchers programme of the Janielia Farm Research Campus, which is part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Washingten, D.C., USA. Andreas Thum's project about the perception and processing of sensory information and its influence on behaviour in Drosophila larvae will be supported with a grant of 100.000 US Dollar. We congratulate Andreas Thum and wish him all the...

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Monika Class new EC-member

During the first Jour Fixe in summer term 2014 on April 24, the assembly of members elected Monika Class as new member for the Executive Committee. She replaces Doris Penka whose term of office ended after 2.5 years. We congratulate Monika Class and thank Doris Penka very much for her work in the Executive Committee.

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Grete-Mostny-Dissertationspreis for Barbara Hausmair

We congratulate Barbara Hausmair who will receive this year's Grete-Mostry-Dissertationspreis for her disseration at the University of Vienna. The price is awarded by the university's Department of History and Cultural Science, marking outstanding doctor's theses that expand the current state of research with both profoundness and innvovative strenght. Barbara Hausmair started her Fellowship at the Zukunftskolleg in April.

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Junior Professorship for Dominik Wöll

We congratulate Dominik Wöll who accepted a W1-Junior Professorship with tenure track at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University. He will start working there in June this year. He thanks the Zukunftskolleg and the people standing behind it for supporting his career and for all the benefits he received during his Fellowship. “In particular I liked the familiar atmosphere; further the interdisciplinary environment provided a lot of interesting insights into the...

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New Postdoctoral and Research Fellows at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome Brendan Balcerak Jackson (Philosophy), Thomas Böttcher (Chemistry), Denis Gebauer (Chemistry) and Michael Pester (Biology) as new Research Fellows at the Zukunftskolleg. Further we welcome Unai Atxitia (Physics), Monika Class (Literature) and Maite Crespo Garcia (Psychology) as new Postdoctoral Fellows.  As the first of a total of eight Postdoctoral and six Research Fellows that were selected in the last call for applications, they started their Fellowship in March.

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Six new 5-year Research Fellows

In the final Workshop on Future Research Directions, held on 23-24 January 2014, the Recruitment Committee decided to offer six out of 14 final candidates applying for a 5-year Research Fellowship a position at the Zukunftskolleg. We welcome our new members.

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Margarita Stolarova and Aenne Brielmann developed new open-access stimulus set for investigation of need-of-help recognition abilities

Helping is an important aspect of human prosocial behavior which has received increasing attention in recent years. However, need-of-help recognition, one socio-perceptual process preceding helping behavior, has not been investigated before. Possible reasons for this lack of attention to an important precondition of helping are difficulties in operationalization and a lack of appropriate, standardized stimulus material. Aenne Brielmann and Margarita Stolarova have therefore developed and tested...

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7 new Postdoctoral Fellows for the Zukunftskolleg

On December 13th, the Recruitment Committee held its second meeting to select 7 new 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows for the Zukunftskolleg. On the same day, they chose 14 finalists applying for a 5-year Research Fellowship to invite to the “Workshop on Future Research Directions” on January 23-24, 2014.
In its most recent call for applications (closing date for applications was September 30, 2013), the Zukunftskolleg received more than 100 applications for the 2-year Postdoctoral and 5-year Research...

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Heisenberg Stipend for Malte Drescher

We congratulate Malte Drescher who received a Heisenberg Stipend from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his research group on “Electron Spin Resonance” in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Konstanz . Only researchers who fulfil all the requirements for tenured professorships may apply for the Heisenberg Programme. The stipend is funded for 36 months and will start in February 2014.

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Manfred Ulmer Awarding at the Wissenschaftsforum

On November 22, on the occasion of the "21. Regionales Wissenschaftsforum" in Tuttlingen, Stefanie Neupert (Biology) was awarded this year´s Manfred Ulmer Scholarship. The Manfred Ulmer programme is open to doctoral students of all disciplines at the University of Konstanz and pays 1,000 euros per month over six months. It enables the scholars to bridge a financial gap between their studies and their doctoral phase. Furthermore the winners benefit from their integration as Associated Fellows in...

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Aline and the Animals

On the occasion of the „Kinderuni Hochrhein“ on November 20, Aline Steinbrecher explained German and Swiss pupils the history of human-animal relationships. In her talk “Schimponauten und Schoßhunde – wie Tiere Geschichte machen“ she spoke of dogs and monkeys and their significance for space research, but also the necessity of farm animals. Read more about it here:

http://www.badische-zeitung.de/neues-fuer-kinder/keine-welt-ohne-tiere--77249460.html

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Five Mentorship Winners

Recently the Executive Committee decided about the winners of the Mentorship programme (application deadline was on October 15). We congratulate Christina Niermann (Sports Sciences) who will be mentored by Stef Kremers from the Department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the Maastricht University; Gudrun Rath (Literature) who will be mentored by Karin Harrasser from the University of Arts in Linz; Gudrun Sproesser (Psychology) who will be mentored by Paul...

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Irene Heim at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Senior Fellow Irene Heim from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. She has been nominated by Doris Penka and will be our guest until December 13, 2013. Irene Heim is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is one of the most renowned scholars working on the semantics of natural languages.

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Senior Fellow Giora Hon new EC-Member

In its last meeting on October 31, the Executive Committee decided to nominate Senior Fellow Giora Hon to serve as member of the Executive Committee. Giora Hon, from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, is a Senior Fellow from September 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. He accepted the nomination and was very grateful: “It will be an honour for me to serve on the EC as a Senior Fellow. I am grateful for the invitation to join the EC to which I respond positively.” He will serve...

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FET-Open Xtrack Grant for Daniele Brida

Daniele Brida was successful in applying for a FET-Open Xtrack grant, funded by the EU. The granted GEMINI (GErmanium MId-infrared plasmoNIcs for sensing)-project aims at laying the foundations for a novel paradigm in surface-enhanced infrared sensing by exploiting plasmonic effects in heavily-doped germanium on silicon. It involves four research groups, one lead by Daniele Brida. The whole project receives funding for a total amount of more than 1.7 million euros, 300.000 euros of which will be...

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NPSA Women's Caucus Best Paper Award for Mentorship Winners

Jale Tosun (University of Mannheim and University of Heidelberg) and Mary Stegmaier (University of Missouri, Columbia) – who won a Zukunftskolleg Mentorship in 2010 – are the winners of the 2012 “Women's Caucus Award for Best Paper on Women and Politics”. The award from the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) includes a 75 dollar monetary prize and a certificate. The article is entitled “Women's Parliamentary Representation in the Czech Republic: Does Preference Voting Matter?”. In...

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Magdalena Balcerak Jackson and Torsten Pietsch new EC-members

During the first Jour Fixe in winter term 2013/14, on October 24, the assembly of members elected Magdalena Balcerak Jackson and Torsten Pietsch as new members for the Executive Committee. They replace Ulrich Sieberer and Thomas Voigtmann whose term of office ended after 2.5 years. We congratulate Magdalena Balcerak Jackson and Torsten Pietsch, and thank Ulrich Sieberer and Thomas Voigtmann very much for their work in the Executive Committee.

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Second prize in 2013 for Philip Leifeld

We congratulate Philip Leifeld who won the Dissertation Award for the best Social Science PhD thesis in 2011/2012, sponsored by the foundation „Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft an der Universität Konstanz“. His dissertation on „Discourse Networks and German Pension Politics” is honored with 3.000 euros. The award ceremony took place at the Dies academicus of the University of Konstanz on October 18. In April Philip Leifeld already won the Südwestmetall Prize 2013.

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SNF-grant for Philip Leifeld

Philip Leifeld has received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for an amount of 315.600 CHF. He cooperates with Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold (Principal Investigator) from the Institute for Political Science at the University of Bern, and Dr. Manuel Fischer (Co-Principal Investigator) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zurich. Title of their project is „Overlapping Subsystems: Identification and Integration of Fragmented Games in Swiss...

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104 applications for 2-year and 5-year Fellowships

In its current call for 2- and 5-year Fellowships (the closing date for applications was September 30, 2013), the Zukunftskolleg received 104 applications – 80% from outside Germany. In its first meeting on November 8, the Recruitment Committee will choose the finalists for the ZIF-funded 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships and the 5-year Research Fellowships, funded by both the ZIF-programme and the German Excellence Initiative. The Recruitment Committee will hold its second selection meeting for...

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