November 2017

  • Sylvia has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant EPIDEMICS on CHIP
  • New publication by Christopher D Pull, Line V Ugelvig, Florian Wiesenhofer, Simon Tragust, Thomas Schmitt, Mark JF Brown & Sylvia Cremer (2017) Destructive disinfection of infected brood prevents systemic disease spread in ant colonies. elife (in press)
  • Elisabeth Naderlinger joins the group as a technician - warm welcome

September 2017

  • New publication by Christopher D. Pull & Sylvia Cremer. Co-founding ant queens prevent disease by performing prophylactic undertaking behaviour. BMC Evolutionary Biology (in press)

August 2017

  • Sylvia Cremer gives Keynote at the ISEMPH Conference 2017 - International Society of Evolution, Medicine and Public Health in Groningen. For more details click here
  • Matthias Fürst, Barbara Milutinovic and Christopher Pull organise the symposium Sociality and Disease at the ESEB Conference 2017 (Invited speakers: Rebecca Kilner, Charles Nunn). For more details click here
  • Sylvia Cremer and Megan Kutzer talk at the Ecological Immunological Workshop 2017, Blossin. For more details click here

July 2017

  • Sylvia Cremer is invited speaker in the Symposium Host-pathogen interaction: from sociality to susceptibility at the Behaviour 2017 Conference. For more details click here

June 2017

  • Sylvia Cremer speaks at the CIG (Center for Integrative Genomics) symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • New publication by Megan Kutzer: Franke F, Armitage SAO, Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J & Scharsack JP. Environmental temperature variation influences fitness trade-offs and tolerance in a fish tapeworm association. Parasit Vectors. 2017 Jun 2;10(1):252. doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2192-7.

May 2017

  • Megan Kutzer started as a new ISTFellow in our group, congratz and a very warm welcome
  • Ernesto Bonadies started an internship with us, welcome to the group
  • Sylvia Cremer and Barbara Milutinovic organize a workshop "Evo-eco-immunology in solitary and social systems" with Carolina Barillas-Mury, NIH, Rockville, USA and Mike Boots, University of California, Berkley, USA as invited speakers.

April 2017

  • Sylvia speaks at the Center of Evolutionary Medicine and at the Social Insect Research group at Arizona State University. For more details click here
  • Ofer Feinerman, Weizmann Institute of Science visits the group and gives the EvoLunch seminar
  • Sylvia speaks at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich (Rundgespräch Ökologie: Tierwelt im Wandel)

March 2017

  • Chris Pull was interviewed by Science Magazine for his view on the antimicrobial boost ants provide to tree resin. For more details click here
  • Réka Kelemen joins the group for an IST graduate school rotation project
  • Adele Bordoni from Stefano Turillazzi's group at the University of Florence, Italy is back in the lab for her collaborative project
  • Veronika Mayer from the University of Vienna visits the group and gives the EvoLunch Seminar talk on "Black yeasts in ant nests"
  • Sina Metzler gives the EvoLunch Seminar talk on "Cross-protective social immunisation"
  • Tabitha Innocent from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, visits the group and gives the EvoLunch Seminar talk

February 2017

  • Anna Franschitz successfully finishes her rotation project with the group
  • Florian Wiesenhofer attends the Forum Analytic in Vienna

December 2016

  • Anna Franschitz joins the group for an IST graduate school rotation project
  • Chris Pull gives Keynote Lecture at the Infection and Immunity Royal Society Meeting in Cambridge (covering for Sylvia Cremer); Chris Pull and Barbara Milotiniovic present their work as posters. For more details click here
  • Chris Pull presents his work at the Northwestern IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects) meeting

November 2016

  • Sina Metzler passes her qualifying exam, starting her PhD on Sexual Selection and Transgenerational Effects of Pathogen Exposure in Ants
  • Chris Pull and Sylvia Cremer run a PhD course on Social Evolution with Jürgen Heinze, Marcel Salathé, Line Ugelvig, Matthias Fürst, Heikki Helantera, Jelle van Zweden, and Yannick Wurm as teachers
  • Barbara Milutinovic, Chris Pull, and Matthias Fürst are organizing the symposium Sociality and Disease at the upcoming 2017 ESEB meeting in Groningen, Netherlands. For more details click here
  • Michaela Fischer from the BOKU Vienna visits the group and gives the EvoLunch Seminar Talk on explosive ants

October 2016

  • Zita Liutkeviciute from the Medical University of Vienna performs a collaborative project in the lab and gives the EvoLunch Seminar Talk on inotocins in ants
  • Laurent Keller from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland visits the group

September 2016

  • Florian Wiesenhofer successfully defends his MSc in Mass Spectrometry, University of Applied Sciences Joanneum Graz
  • Sylvia Abril from the University of Girona, Spain visits the group, giving an EvoLunch Seminar Talk on the invasive garden ant
  • Adele Bordoni from Stefano Turillazzi's group at the University of Florence, Italy performs a collaborative project in the lab
  • Matthias Fürst presents a poster at the German Zoological Society (DZG) meeting in Kiel, Germany
  • Barbara Milutinovic presents her and Sylvia's talk the International Conference of Entomology (ICE) meeting in Orlando, US

August 2016

  • Sylvia Cremer, Barbara Milutinovic, Sina Metzler, Chris Pull, and Matthias Fürst present their work at the IUSSI (International Union of the Study of Social Insects) conference in Helsinki, Finland

July 2016

  • Group retreats for two days to Neusiedlersee for scientific exchange and further education, leraning about the national park and bird ringing, special thanks to Wolfgang Vogl who opened the bird ringing station for us
  • Marco Bracic presents a poster at the ECBB (European Conference on Behavioural Biology) in Vienna
  • Sina Metzler affiliated with the group to officially start her PhD with us, warm welcome
  • Matthew Coathup form the University of York joins the group as a 3-months student intern (ISTern)

June 2016

  • Matthias Fürst gets a two year Lise Meitner Fellowship from the FWF
  • Marko Bracic leaves the group after finishing the practical part of his external MSc with us before he moved on to sucessfully defend his MSc thesis
  • Henrik de Fine Licht from the University of Copenhagen visits the group
  • Alexander (Sasha) Mikheyev from the OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) visits the group

April 2016

  • Matthias Konrad leaves the group, we wish him all the best for his future!
  • Biplabendu Das finishes his experimental work in the lab with Matthias Fürst to obtain his BSc at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India - supervised by Raghavendra Gadagkar and externally by Sylvia Cremer

March 2016

  • Neil Crickmore form the University of Sussex, UK, visits the group

February 2016

  • Florian Wiesenhofer paricipates in the MassSpec Forum Vienna

December 2015

  • Sylvia Cremer receives the Elisabeth Lutz-Preis. For more details click here

November 2015

  • Raghavendra Gadagkar Gadagkar from the Centre for Ecological Sciences and Centre for Contemporary Studies Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India visits the group
  • Nick Bos from the University of Helsinki, Finnland visits the group

October 2015

  • Johannes Jäger, Scientific Director of KLI (Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria) visits the group
  • Eva Flechl joins the group as Technician, warm welcome!

September 2015

  • Line Ugelvig started a new position at the Centre for Social Evolution (CSE) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Congratulations and all the best from the whole group!!
  • Peter Biedermann from the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Jena (Germany) visits the group
  • Ofer Ovadia from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) visits the group
  • Sina Metzler and Sylvia Cremer were talking at the DZG meeting in Graz, Austria
  • Barbara Casillas-Perez and Chris Pull were talking at EMPSEB in Stirling, United Kingdom

August 2015

  • Sylvia Cremer gave a talk at the ESEB in Lausanne (Switzerland), whilst Barbara Milutinovic, Chris Pull and Matthias Fürst presented a poster

July 2015

  • Ana Korsa joins the group for three month as a student intern
  • Ruth Carter joins the group for three month as a student intern
  • Sylvia Cremer was interviewed by  Peter Illetschko from Der Standard

June 2015

  • New publication by Leila El Masri: Masri L, Branca A, Sheppard AE, Papkou A, Laehnemann D, Guenther PS, et al. (2015) Host–Pathogen Coevolution: The Selective Advantage of Bacillus thuringiensis Virulence and Its Cry Toxin Genes. PLoS Biol 13(6): e1002169. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002169
  • Robin Bush and Steven Frank from the University of California Irvine are visiting the group
  • Talk by Steven Frank on Wednesday the 10th June. For more details click here

May 2015

  • Positive tenure evaluation for Sylvia Cremer; welcome PROFESSOR Cremer
  • Line Ugelvig got awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science in Denmark award
  • Rebeca Rosengaus from the Northeastern University (US) visits the group to give the Institute colloquium
  • Konrad Fiedler from Vienna University (Austria) visits the group
  • Nathalie Stroeymeyt from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) visits the group
  • Dino McMahon from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) visits the group
  • Biplabendu Das joins the group for three month as a student intern funded by the ISTernship program to work with Matthias Fürst

April 2015

  • Cover story by Line Ugelvig & Sylvia Cremer and colleagues from the Helmholtz Center Munich:
    Theis FJ, Ugelvig LV, Marr C & Cremer S (2015) Opposing effects of allogrooming on disease transmission in ant societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0108
    - see the cover art and read the webpage feature
  • Introduction to special issue by Sylvia Cremer and colleagues from the Primate Center Göttingen and Duke University:
    Kappler PM, Cremer S & Nunn CL (2015) Sociality and health: impacts of sociality on disease susceptibility and transmission in animal and human societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0116
  • Joachim Kurtz, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster visits the group

March 2015

  • Sandra Breum Andersen from NFF Biosustain DTU (Denmark) & University of Oxford (England) visits the group
  • Jon Shik from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) visits the group
  • Sylvia Cremer was interviewed by the "Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie" on ant mobility; click here

February 2015

  • Line Ugelvig has been awarded a DFF-Individual Postdoctoral grant and a Sapere Aude: DFF-Research Talent grant, both from the Danish Council for Independent Research to continue her research at University of Copenhagen, Denmark (group of Koos Boomsma) as of September 1, 2015
  • New publication by Sylvia Cremer and colleague from IST Austria:
    Novak S & Cremer S (2015) Fungal disease dynamics in insect societies: optimal killing rates and the ambivalent effect of high social interaction rates. Journal of Theoretical Biology 273: 54–64. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.02.018
  • New publication by Matthias Fürst with colleagues from Royal Holloway:
    McMahon DP, Fürst MA, Caspar J, Theodorou P, Brown MJF & Paxton RJ (2015) A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees. Journal of Animal Ecology 84(3): 615–624. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12345
  • ORF (Austrian Radio) Interview with Sylvia Cremer: "Dimensionen - die Welt der Wissenschaft: Wie Ameisen sich gegen Mikroben wehren" mit Wolfgang Däuble; starting 8min 3sec

January 2015

  • Claudia Engelmaier joins the group as a part time technician
  • Ivana Valachova from Slovak Academy of Sciences (Bratislava, Slovakia) visits the group
  • Phil Madgwick from Oxford (England) visits the group
  • Hinrich Schulenburg from University of Kiel (Germany) visits the group

December 2014

  • New publication by Matthias Konrad, Anna Grasse, Simon Tragust and Sylvia Cremer:
    Konrad M, Grasse AV, Tragust S, & Cremer S (2015) Anti-pathogen protection versus survival costs mediated by an ectosymbiont in an ant host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1799). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1976
  • Leila El Masri published an article in Forschen and Entdecken; click here (second to last page)
  • Claudia Westhus successfully defends her PhD thesis "Division of labor in anti-parasite defence strategies of ants"; joint supervision with Dr. C. Doums, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

November 2014

  • Olav Rüppell from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA) visits the group
  • New publication by Barbara Casillas-Pérez, Sylvia Cremer and collaborators from University of Lausanne:
    Stroeymeyt N, Casillas-Pérez B & Cremer S (2014) Organisational immunity in social insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 5: 1–15. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2014.09.001

October 2014

  • Florian Wiesenhofer joins the group as a Technician
  • New publication by Leila El Masri and Sylvia Cremer:
    Masri L & Cremer S (2014) Individual and social immunisation in insects. Trends in Immunology 35(10): 471–482. doi: 10.1016/j.it.2014.08.005

September 2014

  • Elva Robinson from University of York (UK) visits the group
  • Ivana Valochava from Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovak Republic) visits the group

July 2014

  • Hanine El Masri joins the group as a student intern funded by the ISTernship program starting mid July through end September
  • Barbara Milutinović joins the group as a Postdoctoral Researcher, with a grant from the ISTFELLOW program
  • New publication by Claudia Westhus and other members of the Cremer Group:
    Westhus C, Ugelvig LV, Tourdot E, Heinze J, Doums C & Cremer S (2014) Increased grooming after repeated brood care provides sanitary benefits in a clonal ant. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, online early. doi: 10.1007/s00265-014-1778-8

June 2014

  • Miriam Stock successfully defends her PhD thesis on "Evolution of a fungal pathogen towards individual versus social immunity in ants"
  • Jürgen Heinze from University of Regensburg (Germany) and Hinrich Schulenburg from University of Kiel (Germany) visits the group

May 2014

  • Kick-off meeting of the WTTF project "Inotocin function for physiology and social structure in ants", with participants from:
    IST Austria: Sylvia Cremer, Anna Grasse, Matthias Konrad, Thomas Eder
    MedUni Wien: Christan Gruber, Zita Liutkeviciute, Giulia Di Giglio, Markus Binde
    Institute for Research in Biomedicine IRB Barcelona: Markus Mutthenthaler
  • Professor Michael Schemper from the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems at the Medical University of Vienna visits the group to give a one-day workshop on "Statistical methods for survival analysis"

April 2014

  • New publication by Anna Grasse from her previous work at Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna:
    Tobler M, Plath M, Riesch R, Schlupp I, Grasse A, Munimanda GK, Setzer C, Penn DJ & Moodley Y (2014) Selection from parasites favours immunogenetic diversity but not divergence among locally adapted host populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27(5): 960–974. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12370

February 2014

  • New publication by Matthias A. Fürst from his previous work at Royal Holloway, University of London:
    Fürst MA, McMahon DP, Osborne JL, Paxton RJ & Brown MJF (2014) Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators. Nature 506(7488): 364-366. doi: 10.1038/nature12977
  • Tobias Engl from Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany) visits the group
  • Matthias A. Fürst joins the group as a Postdoctoral Researcher

January 2014

  • Nathalie Stoeymeyt from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) visits the group
  • Deborah Gordon from Stanford University (USA) visits the group
  • Hinrich Schulenburg from University of Kiel (Germany) visits the group

December 2013

  • Matthias Konrad successfully defends his PhD thesis on "Immune Defences in Ants: Effects of Social Immunisation and a Fungal Ectosymbiont in the Ant Lasius neglectus"
  • Paul Schmid-Hempel from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) visits the group
  • New publication by Christopher D. Pull from his previous work at Royal Holloway, University of London:
    Pull CD, Hughes WOH, Brown MJF (2013) Tolerating an infection: an indirect benefit of co-founding queen associations in the ant Lasius niger. Naturwissenschaften 100: 1125–1136. doi: 10.1007/s00114-013-1115-5

November 2013

  • Open Research Positions (Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Technician) to analyse the function of hormones in ants in collaboration with Christian Gruber, Medical University of Vienna. Read more

October 2013

  • Danielle Mersch from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) visits the group
  • New publication by former and present members of the Cremer Group:
    Tragust S, Ugelvig LV, Chapuisat M, Heinze J & Cremer S (2013) Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 225. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-225

September 2013

  • Iain Couzin from Princeton (USA) visits the group

August 2013

June 2013

  • Koos Boomsma from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) visits the group

February 2013

  • Lumi Viljakainen from University of Oulu (Finland) visits the group