The Zukunftskolleg Research Award recognizes the scientific achievements of young researchers and supports them in further developing their personal profile.
The Rector of the University of Konstanz, Katharina Holzinger, opened the ceremony; the laudation was held by Giovanni Galizia. In keeping with Yuko Ulrich's research, the chestnut garden was decorated with colorful ants made by children from the University Kinderhaus.
Yuko Ulrich from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena researches the spread of diseases and disease resistance in social insects. The biologist completed her doctorate at ETH Zurich, where she studied evolutionary ecology in bumblebees under the supervision of Paul Schmid-Hempel. During her postdoc in Daniel Kronauer's group at Rockefeller University, New York, she helped establish the predatory ant as a model for studying social behavior. She then established an independent research group at the University of Lausanne, which moved to ETH Zurich and finally to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany.