May 7, 2021
Mohammed A. Khallaf to receive the Beutenberg Campus Science Prize for the  the best doctoral thesis in the field
Mohammed A. Khallaf from the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology will be awarded the 2021 Beutenberg Campus prize for the best doctoral thesis in the field. Beutenberg Campus e.V. honors outstanding work by young researchers in life sciences and physics. Last year, Mohammed received his doctorate with a  “summa cum laude” for his PhD thesis "Wired for love: evolutionary neurobiology of sexual communication in Drosophila". The prize is endowed with 1000 euros.

April 29, 2021
Ghada Yousif, Marilia Freire, Maike Fischer, Elise Fruitet and Kristina Kshatriya winners of the IMPRS presentation awards
At this year's 20th IMPRS Symposium, which was an online event, Ghada Yousif, Department of Ecology, ​University of Osnabrück (best talk: "Different is better: Heterogeneity within natural amino acids auxotrophic bacteria"),  Marilia Freire, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology (best talk: "Reproductive isolation of Drosophila arizonae"), Maike Fischer, Department of Insect Symbiosis (best poster: "A bug's secrets - Characterization of venom from the African assassin bug Psytalla horrida”), Elise Fruitet, Department of Insect Symbiosis (​best poster: “You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the story of an esterase that behaves like an acetyl-transferase”), and Kristina Kshatriya, Department of Biochemistry (best poster: “Detoxification of diterpene resin acids by the pine weevil Hylobius abietis”) received the awards for the best presentation.

April 12, 2021
In memory of Suyog S. Kuwar

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our former researchers and IMPRS alumni, Dr. Suyog S. Kuwar, died on April 2, 2021, in Pune, India, due to a Covid-19 infection. Suyog came to our institute as a doctoral researcher  in 2010 after he was selected to receive a fellowship from our IMPRS.  His PhD project on “The adaptive response of the serine protease superfamily of the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera to dietary protease inhibitors” was supervised by David Heckel and Yannick Pauchet from the former Department of Entomology. In 2016, he received his doctorate from Friedrich Schiller University with a “summa cum laude”. After working as a Postdoc at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, and the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, USA, he had recently returned to India. He is survived by his parents, wife and little daughter to whom we express our deepest sympathy. We will always keep him in good memory.

March 4, 2021
Anna Noel Halbsgut, Maja Lang, Sarah Müller, and Paula Lampe present their successful school project about the decline of insect populations
Under the supervision of Franziska Beran and Sabine Hänniger, four high-school students from the FGS Milda investigated whether the decline of honeybees and other insects is caused by humans.
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February 19, 2021
Change of Leadership of the Department of Molecular Ecology
Since November 2020, the Department of Molecular Ecology is led by Acting Director Sarah O’Connor. 
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