to the Department of Biology

Best Paper Award

Exciting science is at the heart of our Department!  To honor new, innovative, and visibly published discoveries, we are awarding the "Best Paper Award" once every semester. Our most recent awardees are:

Inga Petelski and Yannik Günzel for Synergistic olfactory processing for social plasticity in desert locusts in Nature Communications

Peter Seeber for Mitochondrial genomes of Pleistocene megafauna retrieved from recent sediment layers of two Siberian lakesin eLife

Odd Jacobson for A new approach to geostatistical synthesis of historical records reveals capuchin spatial responses to climate and demographic change in Ecology Letters

Ruben Herrmann for "Range of trait variation in prey determines evolutionary contribution to predator growth rate" in Journal of Evolutionary Biology


Orientation studies Go.MINt

Go.MINt is the new orientation course in mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics, which will be offered for the first time in the winter semester 2024/2025.


Find the right STEM degree program for you at the University of Konstanz!

Further information here.

Movie: The University of Konstanz in two minutes
Innenhof und Ausblick auf die Mainau

The University of Konstanz in two minutes

The university of Konstanz  introduces itself - click image to see the movie.

Tag der Lehre 2024

Members of the department Biology met on 12th April 2024 to discuss current trends and problems in our study programs.

Thanks to everyone who took part and contributed actively to ensure good teaching!

Current news

Which chemicals disrupt child development?

Information about whether industrial chemicals impede brain development is only available for a very small number of chemicals. A new procedure aims to fix this problem without using animal testing. At a conference organized by CAAT-Europe at the University of Konstanz, researchers as well as representatives from industry and regulatory authorities met with a delegation of the OECD to initiate new legislation.

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Aerial view of the University of Konstanz, with construction area in the foreground.

New DFG research unit "DynaSym"

How different species interact with each other, for example as predator and prey, is by no means fixed and can depend on the prevailing environmental conditions. Which factors play a role in this process is the focus topic of the new DFG research unit "DynaSym", with the participation of the University of Konstanz. The unit's spokesperson is Lutz Becks.

Plague of locusts in Kenya. Countless locusts in one place.

Following your nose into the swarm

Locusts adapt their sense of smell to better detect sparse food sources in crowded swarms of up to billion animals, as researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz discovered. They published their results in the journal Nature Communication.

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