Conference “Positivity, Valuations, and Quadratic Forms”, 1 - 6 October 2009, University of Konstanz

The aim of this conference is bringing together mathematicians from three disciplines within algebra, namely Real Algebra, Valuation Theory, and Quadratic Form Theory. These three fields have been in permanent interaction, but conferences specifically devoted to those interactions have been quite rare in recent years.

The conference is organised by Karim Johannes Becher, Tim Netzer, Daniel Plaumann, and Claus Scheiderer. It is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by the Zukunfts…

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Winners of the Doctoral Fellowships 2009

The Zukunftskolleg's doctoral fellowship programme is geared to students at the University of
Konstanz who are in the third year of their doctoral studies. Outstanding young researchers
from all university departments who are in the final phase of their doctoral thesis and are expected
to contribute significantly to the scientific discourse are eligible for funding. Each doctoral
student is mentored by a fellow of the Zukunftskolleg so that they can benefit from engaging
in intellectual exchange with…

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Agata Sadowska wins the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship 2009

Acting on behalf of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft of the University of Konstanz,
the Zukunftskolleg awards the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship to doctoral students 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.

This year's winner of the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship is Agata Sadowska.

Agata Sadowska studied sociology and history…

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New Release by Wolfgang Freitag

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book: Wolfgang Freitag, "Form and Philosophy: A Topology of Possibility and Representation" , Volume 9 of the serial "Philosophische Impulse", edited by Felix Mühlhölzer and Wolfgang Spohn, Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, Synchron Publishers, Heidelberg (2009).

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Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz for Anna Lipphardt

The Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz compliments Fellow Anna Lipphardt on
the Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz which has been bestowed on her by the Auschwitz-
Stiftung for her doctoral thesis on Kulturelle Erinnerung, Trauma, Migration. Die Vilne-
Diaspora in New York, Israel und Vilnius nach dem Holocaust. In autumn 2009 the study will
appear in the series Studien zur Historischen Migrationsforschung published by Vandenhoeck
& Ruprecht. The study has already achieved the…

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Welcome to Dr. Heike Schmoll as a Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg

We are delighted to welcome Dr. h.c. Heike Schmoll to Konstanz from April to September 2009 as a Senior Fellow and Zukunftskolleg Award winner. She was nominated by Professor Gerhart von Graevenitz.

Heike Schmoll read German and Protestant Theology at Heidelberg, Tübingen and Munich and was a scholarship holder of the Tübinger Stift. Inspired by her studies under Eberhard Jüngel and Wolfhart Pannenberg, her particular interest focused on Systematic Theology. In 1989, she joined the news…

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Das Kleid der Bilder

Bildspezifische Sinndimensionen von Kleidung in der Vormoderne. International Conference, April 03 - 05, 2009, Organisation PD Dr. David Ganz


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Emmy Noether for Dr. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa

DFG awarded the Emmy Noether Program to Dr. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa for the project "Stress and trauma-associated immunological changes and their implications on health"

Chronic and traumatic stress, as experienced by persons suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is associated with poor health, high health care utilization, and an increased risk for a variety of diseases such as cardiovascular, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, stress has been associated with…

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Winners of the Mentorship grants of the Zukunftskolleg 2008

The Zukunftskolleg advertised mentorship grants of up to EUR 4,500 for the second time this year on September 11, 2008. Congratulations to all successful applicants:

  • Tim Friehe (Dept. of Economics), Mentor: Prof. Dr. Alfred Endres, University of Hagen
  • Cornelia Niessen (Dept. of Psychology), Mentor: Prof. Dr. Beryl Hesketh, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Margarita Stolarova (Dept. of Psychology), Mentors: Prof. Charles A. Nelson, Prof. Nadine Gaab,…
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New Zukunftskolleg Fellows

The second call for application (September, 1st & 2nd, 2008) has successfully been finished. The Zukunftskolleg commission has selected seven applicants as new fellows of the Zukunftskolleg. Between October and December following fellows will start their research projects at the Zukunftskolleg:

  • Karim Becher, Department of Mathematics; until now: University of Konstanz
  • Karsten Lambers, Department of Information Science; until now: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin
  • Anna Lipphardt,…
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Dr. Kolassa received the DeGPT Award

Dr. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa received the DeGPT Award of the Falk-von-Reichenbach Foundation (German Society for Psychotraumatology) amounting to EUR 1.750. Dr. Kolassa was honored for three studies including “A deletion variant of the α2b-adrenoceptor is related to emotional memory in Europeans and Africans”. This collaborative project of Iris-Tatjana Kolassa with Prof. Dr. Dominique de Quervain (University of Zurich) resulted from the Mentorship Program sponsored by the Zukunftskolleg in 2006. The…

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Press Release: First Formal Epistemology Festival

Konstanz, July 28-30, 2008

The background for the first Formal Epistemology Festival on Conditionals and Ranking Functions in Konstanz, Germany, was the 40th anniversary of Robert Stalnaker’s A Theory of Conditionals and the 20th anniversary of Wolfgang Spohn’s Ordinal Conditional Functions. A Dynamic Theory of Epistemic States. Besides the organizers Franz Huber, Eric Swanson, and Jonathan Weisberg, the other speakers were Igor Douven, David Etlin, Anthony Gillies, Alan Hájek, Hannes Leitgeb,…

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Press Release: Summer School 2008: Observing and Understanding Earth

Twenty-eight researchers from twelve countries met from July 13 to 20, 2008 at Konstanz for the international Zukunftskolleg summer school “Observing and Understanding Earth: Making the Most of Environmental Measurements” organized by Dr. Marc von Hobe from Forschungszentrum Jülich. “Environmental problems – particularly global climate change – are an ever growing challenge to humankind. Efforts to overcome this challenge and our endeavour to build a sustainable future require a thorough…

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