Laying Groundstone for Center for Visual Computing of Collectives (VCC)

Financial secretary Gisela Splett was laying the groundstone (24th of July) for the VCC building at the University of Konstanz.

The new VCC will enable the exploration of swarm behavior and group movements in animal communities with new approaches on an area of about 3,200 square meters. In the special laboratories the movement of all individuals of a swarm is to be pursued. An attempt is made to keep the environment as natural as possible.

Science: Storks on the wing

Original Publication in “Science”: click here
Andrea Flack, Máté Nagy, Wolfgang Fiedler, Iain D. Couzin, Martin Wikelski
From local collective behavior to global migratory patterns in white storks.


For little Louis, it is the most exciting day of his life: just six or seven weeks ago, the young stork came into the world on a birch tree in Radolfzell on Lake Constance. Up to this day in June 2014, he has only known his parents and three siblings.

ASAB Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator

We are pleased that Dr. Damien Farine was awarded the 2018 Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). This award is given to one researcher each year in recognition for research excellence in the field of Animal Behaviour. Read more about the award here: You can find out more about Damien’s research at his lab page here: Farine Lab