ERC Starting Grant for Anna Stöckl

Congratulations to Research Fellow Anna Stöckl who received an ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council.

The biologist will receive 1.5 million euros in funding for her project "Closing the loop in dynamic vision – from single photons to behaviour in extreme light environments" (or "DynamicVision" for short). The project focuses on the visually-guided flight of moths. Anna Stöckl will combine different methodological approaches – from neuroanatomical studies to measuring nerve cell activity and conducting behavioural experiments. In addition, she and her research group will develop a camera setup that can detect changes in the visual environment as seen by a flying insect. The scenes recorded with this method can be tested directly on visual neurons in the moth brain.

"I am very happy and humbled to have received an ERC starting grant to dive deeper into the visual processing of nocturnal moths and their ability to navigate challenging visual habitats at night. This would not have been possible without the support of many friends, colleagues and my lab, for which I am extremely grateful. I am very excited start the project and learn more about how moths master the dynamics of natural and artificial light sources at night", says Anna Stöckl happily.

Every year, the ERC awards Starting Grants to promising young researchers. The aim is to give them the opportunity to set up and expand their own research teams and to move forward research projects with high innovation potential.

Anna Stöckl has been a Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg since June 2022.

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