September 27, 2018
"Balance of the Microverse“ Cluster of Excellence
The Jena Friedrich Schiller University has been awarded an excellence cluster. The research association "Balance of the Microverse" is one of 57 clusters which will receive funding for the next seven years in the framework of the Excellence Strategy. "Balance of the Microverse" is a collaborative project between Friedrich Schiller University, the university hospital and several non-university institutes in Jena, among them the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology with Prof. Ian Baldwin as member of the executive board. The spokesperson of the new cluster of excellence is Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage from the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI).

June 5, 2018
Tag der Vielfalt - Diversity @ MPI-CE
On June 5, 2018, Germany will celebrate the 6th Diversity Day.  Co-workers in our institute are diverse in many ways. Diversity is a precious treasure. We would like to portrait five members of our institute this week to show the diversity in our institute, which is the breeding ground for intercultural exchange and successful scientific collaboration ...  more »

May 24, 2018
Bill Hansson welcomed as new member of the Leopoldina

On May 23, 2018, Bill Hansson, director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, was officially welcomed as a new member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle/Saale. He belongs to the Section of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. The membership in the oldest society of natural scientists in the world is a great honor which shows that research topics of chemical ecology and neuroethology play an important role in the scientific world.

From left to right: Michael Easson, Andrew O'Donnell, Sandra Lackner, Anja Meents, and Mohammed Khallaf (click to enlarge)

March 15, 2018
Michael Easson, Andrew O'Donnell, Sandra Lackner, Anja Meents and Mohammed Khallaf winners of the IMPRS presentation awards
During the 17th IMPRS Symposium in Dornburg, Michael Easson (best talk: "The sweet life: Mechanistic parallels between osmoregulation and detoxification in Bemisia tabaci"), Andrew O'Donnell (best poster: "Evolution of conifer diterpene resin acids followed evolutionary patterns supported by the patchwork hypothesis"), Sandra Lackner (best poster: "Belowground defenses in black poplar"), Anja Meents (best poster: "Could you be the One? – Identification of calcium signaling mutants"), and Mohammed Khallaf (best talk: "Finding a partner: Sexual communication in Drosophila") received the IMPRS travel awards for the best presentations.

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December 7, 2017
Bill Hansson received another honorary doctorate
The Czech University of Life Sciences Prague awarded Bill S. Hansson, director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, the honorary doctorate to recognize his role as a foremost specialist in the fields of chemical ecology and insect neuroecology. Bill Hansson collaborates with the university’s Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences and is the chair of the External Advisory Board of the project EXTEMIT-K with the focus on the “mitigation of the impact of climatic changes to forests from the level of a gene to the level of a landscape”.  The honorary doctorate also appreciates his efforts in establishing such European research partnerships.