SynergyFunds

Methods for implementing the research questions: As an innovative method for strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration, SynergyFunds are initiated to finance joint feasibility studies in the context of RobustNature. The joint studies serve as concrete possibilities for collaborative proposals as well as the writing joint international publications. In the first funding round of the SynergyFunds in RobustNature, 11 project proposals were approved. Projects are characterized by the funding of scientists in early career stages, by the participation of many departments, working groups and (inter)national external partners. The approved projects show the great success of this initiative: mainly young scientists are supported, with 63 % of PIs leading the projects within the first 7 years after PhD. The strong networking within the framework of the SynergyFunds is shown by an average of eight involved scientists from up to five participating departments and institutions and up to two external partners.

Overview of SynergyFunds funding phase I in RobustNature.

Titel of project Project management Involved PIs Number of departments/ institutes involved external partners
Fungi for robustness and resilience: the role of fungal diversity, plant-fungus and animal-fungus interactions for ecosystem functioning in times of global change Prof. Dr. Claus Bässler Prof. Dr. Meike Piepenbring, Prof. Dr. J. F. Niek Scheepens 3 (FB 15) -
Evolutionary toxicology: the acute and chronic effects of chemical exposure and climate change on life history traits and gene expression of resurrected Daphnia magna clones Dr. Sarah Crawford ​Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Prof. Dr. Ernst H.K. Stelzer, Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger, Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner, Prof. Dr. Axel Janke, Prof. Dr. Alexander Vogel, Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius, Dr. Jonas Jourdan, Dr. Frederic Strobl, Matthias Hinderer, Dr. Luisa Orsini, Florian Gigl 3 (FB 11, FB 15, SNG) University of Birmingham, TU Darmstadt
Molecular determinants of behaviour and development: Through transgenic honeybees and machine learning to honeybee social behaviour Prof. Dr. Bernd Grünewald, Dr. Paul Siefert, Dr. Frederic Strobl Prof. Dr. Ernst Stelzer, Dr. Kathi Zarnack, Prof. Dr. Marcel Schulz, Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf, Prof Dr. Martin Beye 1 (FB 15) GU - Center for Molecular Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, FU Berlin
Impairment of sensory organ development in petroleum-exposed fish early life stages Dr. Sarah Johann Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Prof. Dr. Virginie Lecaudey, Dr. Lisa Baumann, Dr. Frederic Strobl, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Prof. Dr. Alexander Vogel, Prof. Dr. Eric Helfrich, Dr. Carolin Völker 4 (FB 15, UFZ, SNG, ISOE) University of Heidelberg
Amphibian declines: Evaluating robustness and adaptability of a threatened vertebrate class in the face of chronic and acute threats Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa M. Schulte Dr. Evan Twomey, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Dr. Jonas Jourdan 2 (FB 15, UFZ) -
Effect of closeness to nature and values on attitudes and risk perception towards invasive carnivores within the framework of the joint research project ZOWIAC "Zoonotic and wildlife ecological impacts of invasive carnivores" Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel, Prof. Dr. Paul W. Dierkes Matthias Kleespies, Norbert Peter, Dr. Dorian D. Dörge 1 (FB 15) -
AMRES - Resilience of the order Amphipoda in the evolving anthropocene - Quantifying behavioural mechanisms among multiple stressors Dr. Jonas Jourdan Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Dr. Andrzej Schiwy, Dr. Judith Kochmann, Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel 2 (FB 15, UFZ) -
Weather-related extreme events as a systemic risk: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the flood of 2021 Dr. Carolin Völker, Dr. Sabrina Schiwy Dr. Oskar Marg, Dr. Thomas Friedrich, Prof. Dr. Matthias Schündeln, Matthias Kleespies, Prof. Dr. Paul W. Dierkes, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Prof. Dr. Alexander Vogel 5 (ISOE, FB 2, FB 11, FB 15, UFZ) -
Resuspension of contaminated sediments associated to severe flooding in aquatic ecosystems: Impacts and potential resilience mechanisms Dr. Francisco Sylvester Dr. Jonas Jourdan, Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann, Dr. Sabrina Schiwy, Dr. Sarah Johann, Dr. Sarah Crawford, Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner, Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel, Dr. Carolin Völker, Prof. Dr. Flurina Schneider, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Prof. Dr. Ernst H.K. Stelzer, Dr. Frederic Strobl, Prof. Dr. Claus Bässler, Prof. Dr. Axel Janke, Prof. Dr. Petra Döll, Prof. Dr. Meike Piepenbring, Prof. Dr. Paul W. Dierkes 5 (FB 11, FB 15, SNG, ISOE, UFZ) -
Ecotoxicological investigation and chemical characterization of the organic fraction in urban particulate matter and its influence on aquatic systems Prof. Dr. Alexander Vogel Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Marc Wollenweber, Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann, Prof. Dr. Petra Döll, Prof. Dr. Bernd Grünewald 3 (FB 11, FB 15, UFZ) -
The impact of multiple chemical stressors on wild fish populations - A case study on the combined application of biomarkers as well as transcriptome and genome analyses Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Dr. Sarah Johann Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann, Prof. Dr. Werner Brack, PD Dr. Patrick Fink, Prof. Dr. Carolin Völker, Prof. Dr. Markus Pfenninger, Dr. Barbara Feldmeyer, Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner, Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel, Prof. Dr. Ingo Ebersberger, Prof. Dr. Joachim Sturve, Prof. Dr. Markus Brinkmann, Prof. Dr. Markus Hecker, Fabian Weichert 4 (FB 15, UFZ, ISOE, SNG) University of Gothenburg, University of Saskatchewan