From the beginning to today



Publication of “A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats.” by Alexis Roodt and colleagues in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology


PhD students of SystemLink organising a workshop on aquatic-terrestrial research at the International Conference on Ecological Science in Metz


Sara Kolbenschlag and Nina Röder won a poster prize at the Young Researchers Symposium in Kaiserslautern.

21.-25. November 2022: International Conference on Ecological Science in Metz “Ecology and Evolution. New perspectives and societal challenges”

As part of the International Conference on Ecological Science SystemLink PhD students were organising a workshop on the topic “Transfer of anthropogenic STRESS from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems – PERSPECTIVES FROM YOUNG RESEARCHERS”

22 July 2022: Sara Kolbenschlag and Nina Röder won a poster prize at the Young Researchers Symposium in Kaiserslautern.

In the course of the fusion of the TU Kaiserslautern and the University of Landau, young scientists from the University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau Campus, were allowed to participate in the symposium for the first time. Although the young scientists from the Landau Campus were outnumbered by the young researchers from Kaiserslautern, they were able to bring home two of the highly coveted prizes for scientific posters. Sara Kolbenschlag won the 1st prize and Nina Röder the 3rd prize. We congratulate them on their success!

20 April 2022: A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats. Alexis Roodt and colleagues report in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology that non-biting midge larvae accumulate contemporary pesticides from polluted water and retain the substances into adulthood. Link to article, Press release (in German)

14 August 2021 SystemLink presents the ongoing experiments at the RSM during the visit of the State Secretary of the MWWK, Dr. Denis Alt.

As part of his summer trip, State Secretary Dr. Denis Alt (MWG, RLP) visited the riparian stream mesocosm (RSM) experimental facility. Nina Röder used two current research projects to illustrate the functioning of the mesocosm facility and the concept of the DFG research training group SystemLink. Further information in the press release of the University of Landau (in German).

Photo: Hiller, University of Koblenz-Landau
31 May 2021  

Dr. Valeria Lencioni (Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, MUSE Science Museum, Trento, Italy): “Response of chironomids ( Diamesa and Chironomus ) to pesticides and emerging contaminants in mountain streams”


May 2021  

Verena Gerstle, member of the SystemLink PhD student group, won the poster award at the SETAC meeting. She presented her poster entitled: “Specific mosquito control agent Reduction of non-target organisms Chironomidae and Odonata observed in semi-field mesocosms treated with Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis.See poster and video here


28-29 January 2021  

Virtual Research Workshop on aquatic-Terrestrial linkage.

On 28 and 29 January 2021, SystemLink held the Virtual Research Workshop on anthropogenic alterations of aquatic-terrestrial linkages. The event was attended by 11 guest speakers working on different aspects related to SystemLink ‘s research field.

About 150 people registered for this workshop – the second organized by SystemLink – that aimed to promote both scientific exchange and enable subject-specific and social networking especially during this challenging time.

In this workshop, students from related fields had the opportunity to gain detailed insight into the research topics of SystemLink and different institutions around the world, as well as the possibility to get in contact with associated persons.

Here you can access the conferences videos.

28 October 2020 .

Dr. Isabelle Gounand (Institut d’Écologie et des Sciences de l’Environnement de Paris, Sorbonne University). Metacommunity and terrestrial-aquatic interactions

26 October 2020 Prof. Carolin Huhn, Benedikt Wimmer (University of Tübingen). The fate of glyphosate in the environment – indications for glyphosate to become a legacy
04 September 2020 Online presentation of Dr. Masahiro Ryo ; FUB; on Temporal dimensions and diversity od multiple stressors
17 August 2020 Information board informs interested visitors about the development of the new Riparian Stream Mesocosm facility (pdf in German)
01 August until 31 October 2020 SystemLink and the Online Project presents an international online academy on spatial ecotoxicology and ecotoxicological risk assessment – using an open community approach.
27 July 2020 Online presentation of Dr. India Mansour , Institute for Biology; FUB on Bibliometric mapping
15 July 2020 Presentation of the longterm Joint-Pot Experiment with the State Secretary of the MWWK Dr. Denis AltSystemLink presented the longterm Joint-Pot Experiment on the area of the Julius-Kühn-Institut in Siebeldingen under the presence of the State Secretary of the MWG (Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Gesundheit – Ministery for science and health) Dr. Denis Alt.

Despite the rain, the doctoral students were able to convey to all guests the content and importance of the experiment for SystemLink.

See the press release here.

22 June 2020 Online presentation of Dr. John Richardson, UBC
25 May 2020 Application for Online Autumn Academy on spatial ecotoxicology is now open
18 May 2020 Online presentation of Dr. Johanna Kraus; USGS.
01 May 2020 Dr. Alessandro Manfrin and Manuela Fellmann started working at SystemLink
31 January 2020 Research workshop Klingenmünster

Our first research workshop took place in January at Stiftsgut Keysermühle in Klingenmüster.
During this workshop the PhD students presented their research projects with a focus on the planning of the first year.

29 January 2020 Prof. Stano Pekar gave a talk about conservation biological control using spiders. (Invitation)
15 January 2020 Dr. Alessandro Manfrin gave a talk about how artificial light effects the linkage between aquatic and riparian ecosystems. (Invitation)

01 October 2019  

Start or research training group: Welcome of doctoral researchers


11 April 2019 SystemLink will be presented at SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland (May 26-30, 2019)