The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Colloquium on biology

The Colloquium on biology is a joint activity organized by the Institutes of Biology of the University of Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Koenig, Bonn.

Colleagues from german and international institutions are invited to present and discuss their latest research results on evolution, biodiversity, behavior, genetics and other biological areas.

The colloquium takes place on a regular base during summer and winter semester, always on mondays at 17:15h in the Great Auditorium of the Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss.

Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde (University of Bonn)
Prof. Heike Wägele (ZFMK)

List of current lectures



Mon, 11/25/2019 - 5:15pm
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa M. Schulte, Department of Wildlife-/Zoo-Animal-Biology and Systematics, Universität Frankfurt
Chemical communication is the evolutionary oldest communication system in the animal kingdom. In amphibians, chemical signaling is well documented in caudates, but because anurans spend a lot of energy in acoustic signaling, chemical communication has received much less attention in this order. However, poison frogs for example use chemical communication during parental care behaviours: They transport their tadpoles to very small water bodies and chemically recognize and avoid cannibalistic tadpoles.
Mon, 12/02/2019 - 5:00pm
Dr. Manon Schweinfurth, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
If only those behaviours evolve that increase the actor’s own survival and reproductive success, then it might come as a surprise that cooperative behaviours, i.e. providing benefits to others, are a widespread phenomenon. Many animals cooperate even with unrelated individuals in various contexts, like providing food or allogrooming. One possibility to explain the evolution of such apparently altruistic behaviour is reciprocity. In reciprocal cooperative interactions, individuals help those partners that have been previously cooperative and therefore exchange favours repeatedly.
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 5:15pm
Dr. Christian Nawroth, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Dummerstorf
Cognitive research on non-human animals has been, and will be, a flourishing field but surprisingly few studies have been conducted on farm animals. As a detailed understanding of the perceptive and cognitive abilities of non-human animals is necessary to understand their normal behavioural expressions and to avoid exposing them to mental distress, an approach towards the cognitive capacities of farm animals is crucial for progress in animal welfare related topics.
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 5:15pm
Jean Claessens and Jacques Kleynen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden
Pollination strategies of European orchidsOrchids display a wide variety of strategies for attracting insects that can act as pollen vector. During evolution the morphology of the orchid flower was adapted in various ways in order to match the preferences of the visiting insects. This resulted in different pollination strategies, from reward to deception and from allogamous to autogamous pollination.In this lecture the morphology of the orchid flower is discussed, followed by many examples showing the various relationships between orchid and pollinator.

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Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h