“Talking much helps” – Interview with Tanja Rinker

Tanja Rinker was interviewed by the local newspaper Suedkurier. She spoke about her research project on “Turkish-German children with and without Specific Language Impairment” and explained the opportunities and challenges for children that grow up with two languages. The whole interview you can read and download here:



Elena Rosseeva met Nobel Laureates

Elena Rosseeva took part in the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting which was dedicated to chemistry. 625 outstanding young researchers from 78 countries have been selected to get the unique chance to participate in the meeting. From June 30 to July 5 they met 35 Nobel Laureates in Lindau to exchange knowledge and ideas, to share their enthusiasm for science and to establish new contacts. For Elena Rosseeva it was an important experience: “It was a great honor for me to participate in the meeting...


Zhongbao Jian at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome Zhongbao Jian (Chemistry) at the Zukunftskolleg. He started his 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on July 1st. He works at the chair of Chemical Materials Science of Stefan Mecking on his project “Stereoselective acrylate insertion polymerization”. Zhongbao Jian is the first of a total of 15 new 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows that were selected in the latest call for applications.


Alexander Titz with new position

Alexander Titz has accepted a position as group leader of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “Chemical Biology of Carbohydrates”. On August 1st, 2013, he will start working at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in Saarbrücken which is part of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. For more information see:


We congratulate Alexander Titz and wish him all the best!


Fifteen plus one

On June 17th, the Recruitment Committee held its second meeting to select 15 new 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows for the Zukunftskolleg. On the same day the “Workshop on Future Research Directions” for the candidates applying for a 5-year Research Fellowship took place. In its most recent call for applications (closing date for applications was March 15, 2013), the Zukunftskolleg received more than 180 applications for the 2-year Postdoctoral and 5-year Research Fellowships, as part of the

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Adelheid Godt at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Senior Fellow Adelheid Godt from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bielefeld. She has been nominated by Malte Drescher, Daniel Summerer, Dominik Wöll and Filip Wojciechowski and will be our guest for two months. Prof. Godt is an organic chemist working in the field of synthesis of molecular rulers for spectroscopy. Her work contributes directly to research projects of all four nominating Fellows.


Habilitation for Ulrich Sieberer

Congratulations to Ulrich Sieberer! He passed his habilitation and received the venia legendi in Political Science at the University of Konstanz. Title of his habilitation thesis: “MPs, Parties and Institutions. Rational Choice Institutionalist Studies of Parliamentary Behavior in European Democracies”.


Mentor Nora Strejilevich at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Nora Strejilevich from the Department of Literature at the San Diego State University, California. In the last call for the Mentorship Programme she has been nominated by Liliana Ruth Feierstein, Postdoc in the research group of Zukunftskolleg Alumna Kirsten Mahlke, who works on the project “Narratives of Terror and Disappeareance. Fantastic Dimensions of Argentina’s Collective Memory since the Military Dictatorship”. Nora Strejilevich is professor, writer...


Mentor Anne Imberty at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Anne Imberty from the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Grenoble, France. She has been nominated by Alexander Titz within the scope of the Zukunftskolleg Mentorship Programme and will be in Konstanz from June 9 to 12, 2013. Anne Imberty is a chemist by training and received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Grenoble. After a postdoctoral stay in Toronto, she moved to Nantes (INRA and CNRS) and then to Grenoble, where she is...


On the radio: Zukunftskolleg as best practice for promoting young researchers

„Forschen und Bangen“ („Research and tremble“) is the title of a radio report on SWR2 Wissen that analyses the situation of young researchers in Germany. To show good examples for supporting up-and-coming scientists journalist Beate Krol has visited the University of Konstanz and the Zukunftskolleg and interviewed Anda Lohan and Agata Nörenberg. The whole report you can download here: http://www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/archiv/-/id=660334/w9hse1/index.html


Substantial progress in developing new chemotherapeutics

Associated Fellow Aswin Mangerich from the department of Biology, who recently won a Mentorship of the Zukunftskolleg, developed – in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Konstanz and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA – a new method that allows to quantify poly(ADP-ribose) in cells. This can help to develop new chemotherapeutics.
Aswin Mangerich´s future mentor, Peter C. Dedon from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was also involved in the...


Junaid Jameel Ahmad with new position

After having finished his PhD, former Associated Fellow Junaid Jameel Ahmad from the department of Computer and Information Sciences, has now moved to Switzerland and started his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, commonly known as École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During his PhD studies, he was supervised by former Fellow Shujun Li, and received two Fellowships from the Zukunftskolleg: A one-year Fellowship in 2009/2010 to work as a student...


6 Mentorship winners

In its last meeting on May 6 the Executive Committee decided about the winners of the Mentorship programme (application deadline was on April 30). We congratulate Liliana Ruth Feierstein (Literature) who will be mentored by Nora Strejilevich from the San Diego State University, Lorna Gregory (Mathematics and Statistics) who will be mentored by Francoise Delon from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Aswin Mangerich (Biology) who will be mentored by Peter C. Dedon from the...


Second stay of Sandeep Verma at the Zukunftskolleg

Another Senior Fellow arrived at the Zukunftskolleg: We are warmly welcoming Sandeep Verma from the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. He has been nominated by Daniel Summerer and will be our guest until July 15, 2013. A main part of Sandeep Verma´s research deals with the use of nucleobases, nucleotides, as well as oligonucleotides which provides a direct link to Daniel Summerer´s research programme. For Sandeep Verma it´s already his second stay at the...


Viktor V. Kabanov at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming Senior Fellow Viktor V. Kabanov from the Department of Complex Matter at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has been nominated by Jure Demsar. After his last stay in Konstanz in autumn 2012, this time the Senior Fellow will be our guest until June 11, 2013. The theoretical physicist is an expert in superconductivity and ultrafast phenomena in complex solids. During his stay he will join forces with experimental colleagues at the...


Professorship for Wolfgang Freitag

We congratulate Zukunftskolleg Alumnus Wolfgang Freitag who has been offered a professorship in “Epistemology and Theory of Science” at the University College Freiburg. Wolfgang Freitag was a Fellow from December 2006 until January 2012. We wish him all the best!


Teaching deputyship for Helen Gunter

The Zukunftskolleg congratulates Helen Gunter who was appointed as teaching deputy in the department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. In summer term 2013 and winter term 2013/14 she will substitute for Prof. Ph.D Axel Meyer from the chair of Zoology and Evolutionary Biology in teaching.


Advice from experienced experts

On April 18 and 19 the new members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Zukunftskolleg held their first meeting in Konstanz. The first day started in the evening with a guided tour by historian Harald Derschka through the historic premises of the Steigenberger Inselhotel, a former cloister. On Friday morning the rector of the University of Konstanz, Ulrich Rüdiger, opened the meeting in the Senatssaal and welcomed the new board members as well as the director and the Fellows of the...


“Fight for Love”

Associated Fellow Roland Weierstall was involved in a study that analysed the attractiveness of veterans. For this he and his colleagues interviewed more than 1.000 women, which type of man - out of four different types with and without posttraumatic stress disorder and aggression - they would prefer for a long-term or short-term relationship.

The study was published in the journal “Evolutionary Psychology”. Read more about it in the press release (in German).


Select the best

On April 15, the Recruitment Committee held its first meeting to select new Fellows for the Zukunftskolleg. In its most recent call for proposals (closing date for applications was March 15, 2013), the Zukunftskolleg received more than 180 applications for the 2-year Postdoctoral and 5-year Research Fellowships, as part of the Marie Curie Zukunftskolleg Incoming Fellowship Programme (ZIF) supported by the European Union COFUND Programme. The Recruitment Committee chose 35 finalists for the...


Further Growth at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome Martin Elff (Politics and Public Administration), Philip Leifeld (Politics and Public Administration), Elena Rosseeva (Chemistry) and Filip Wojciechowski (Chemistry) at the Zukunftskolleg. Elena Rosseeva is one of the new 5-year Research Fellows, the three men are new 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows. All were selected in the last call for applications and started their Fellowship in April.


Giovanni Galizia on Spiegel Online

Spiegel Online published an interview with Giovanni Galizia entitled “Die Trägheit der Veränderung” („Inertia of Change“). He talked about the perspectives of young researchers at German universities, the attractiveness of the Zukunftskolleg and the tenure track model.

The original interview was conducted and published by the university magazine „duz“ in March:



New 5-year Fellows at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome Daniele Brida (Physics), Torsten Pietsch (Physics) and Nils Weidmann (Politics) at the Zukunftskolleg. As the first of a total of eight 5-year Research Fellows that were selected in the last call for applications, they started their Fellowship. All three newcomers are not totally new at the University of Konstanz: Torsten Pietsch has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics since September 2009. Daniele Prida has been working as group leader in the Department of Physics...


Südwestmetall prize 2013 for Philip Leifeld

We congratulate Philip Leifeld who won the Südwestmetall prize 2013. Philip Leifeld is one of our new 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows. He starts working at the Zukunftskolleg in April. With the Südwestmetall prize the Baden-Württemberg Employers’ Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry honors outstanding young researchers of the state´s universities. The awarding will take place on April 25 in Fribourg.


New Associated Fellows

The Zukunftskolleg welcomes new Associated Fellows: Stephan Hacker (Chemistry) and Johanna Kastl (Biology) are members of the Graduate School “Chemical Biology”; Tahmina Sadat Hadjer (Politics and Public Administration), Karsten Wasiluk (Economics) and Katarina Zigova (Economics) are members of the Graduate School “Decision Sciences”. They received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Zukunftskolleg to finance the last year of their dissertation.


Thomas Voigtmann nominated as “Outstanding Referee”

Thomas Voigtmann is one of this year´s 142 Outstanding Referees nominated by the American Physical Society (APS). The editors of the APS journals have selected them out of more than 60.000 currently active referees. Initiated in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program recognizes scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. Selections are based on two decades of records on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports. The...