News, press releases, job announcements

Job announcement: Scientist in the stable isotope laboratory (50%)

in case you are interested, please visit this web page for more details:

Job announcement
PhD position in the area of bat-wind energy conflict, focussing on the question how wind turbines in forests affect assemblages of forest bats.
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 140.0 KB
Article on the migration of bats in Europe (in German)
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 252.5 KB
Pressemitteilung: Fledermäuse auf dem Durchzug: Die Herbstmirgation der Fledermäuse hat begonnen
IZW PM Durchflug (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.1 MB
Gefährlicher Flug in den Windpark
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.2 MB
Dangerous flight into the wind park
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.2 MB

Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

Our book is now published online at the below address. You may download it for free.

This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit crops are explored in depth. Finally, contributors highlight the roles that taxonomy, conservation networks and conservation psychology have to play in conserving this imperilled but vital taxon.


With over 1300 species, bats are the second largest order of mammals, yet as the Anthropocene dawns, bat populations around the world are in decline. Greater understanding of the anthropogenic drivers of this decline and exploration of possible mitigation measures are urgently needed if we are to retain global bat diversity in the coming decades. This book brings together teams of international experts to provide a global review of current understanding and recommend directions for future research and mitigation.

Bats fertilize their roost trees
Press release from 10-6-2015
fertilizing bats.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 42.9 KB
Fledermäuse düngen ihre Quartierbäume
Pressemitteilung: 10-6-2015
düngende Fledermäuse.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 42.4 KB

PhD position: Movement ecology of temperate zone bats

PhD position available in the Potsdam graduate school BIOMOVE
A 3 year position is available in my group (as part of the upcoming BIOMOVE graduate school in Potsdam) to study the movement ecology of Noctule bats using miniaturized GPS units.
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 93.2 KB

PhD position: Fungal infections and eco-immunology of temperate zone bats

PhD position available to study hibernation immunology
A 3 year position is available in my group (as part of a collaboration with Dr. Czirjak from the IZW) to study the hibernation immunology of Myotis bats
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 307.3 KB
Doktorandenstelle Winterschlafimmunologie
In meiner Arbeitsgruppe ist eine 3 Jahres-Doktorandenstelle zum Thema Winterschlafimmunologie bei Myotis zu vergeben.
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 295.1 KB

Master student position

Topic: The energetics of echolocation in flying bats

11.2.2015 Bats and wind turbines: German politics in conflict with international conservation goals

Press release: German politics collide with migratory bats
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 106.8 KB
Pressemitteilung: Deutsche Energiepolitik kollidiert mit migrierenden Fledermäusen
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 109.0 KB

New master thesis projects announced

Master thesis: Bats and light pollution
Masterarbeit 28_2014 Voigt.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 216.9 KB
Master thesis: Energetics of bat migration
Masterarbeit 29_2014 Voigt.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 217.1 KB

27.8.2014: Press release: conflict between cheetahs and humans studied by stable isotopes

Pressemitteilung: Mensch-Gepard Konflikt
Microsoft Word Dokument 32.0 KB
Press release: Human-cheetah conflict
Microsoft Word Dokument 35.0 KB

17.8.2014: A call for collaboration: Please check for banded bats from Latvia

Aufruf an deutsche Fledermausforscher und -biologen
Aufruf_an_Fledermausforscher (2).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 138.5 KB
Call to french-speaking bat researchers and biologists
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 138.4 KB

14th August 2014: NEWS: Bats from near and far are killed at German wind turbines --> Read the press release and the accompanying paper 

Deutsche Windkraftanlagen töten Fledermäuse von nah und fern
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 284.1 KB
German wind turbines kill bats from near and far
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 280.3 KB

16.6.2014: Field assistants for Sabah needed

call for field assistants
AdField assistent Sabahmodified.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 327.2 KB

1st call for 4th IBBM: Movement ecology of bats

1st call IBBM
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 102.3 KB
Preliminary program
preliminary programm_4thIBBM.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 20.5 KB

6.5.2014: Two master theses announced (in German)

Light pollution and habitat preference in hedgehoges
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 350.0 KB

5.3.2014: Field assistants needed (Malaysia, Bulgaria, Latvia)

field assistants needed for studying European migratory bats
starting date: 10th of August 2014, for 3 weeks; see details in announcement
AdField assistent Latvia.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 252.4 KB
field assistant needed for studying oxidative stress in European bats
starting date: ca. 1st of July 2014, for 3 weeks, see details in announcement.
AdField assistent Bulgaria.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 743.1 KB
field assistants needed for studying chronic stress in paleotropical bats
starting date: June 2014, for 3 months, see details in announcement.
AdField assistent Sabah.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 897.8 KB

Press release on artificial light and tropical bats

Press release 13 March 2014: Artificial light puts the ecosystem services of tropical, fruit-eating bats at risk
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 659.6 KB
Pressemitteilung 13. März 2014: Künstliches Licht gefährdet die ökosystemaren Dienstleistungen von Frucht fressenden Fledermäusen in den Tropen
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 726.5 KB

Press release on importance of artifical hibernacula for tree-dwelling bats

Pressemitteilung: Einheimische und Migranten hängen gemeinsam ab
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 340.2 KB
Press release: Scientists concerned about Yasuni
SCY 2013 Press Release.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.7 MB
Official document submitted to the Ecuadorian parliament
SCY 2013 Ecuador Congress.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 2.1 MB

21.9.2013 Berlin, Germany: Third prize for group member Daniel Lewanzik for his poster presentation "Artificial lights reduces seed dispersal by Neotropical bats" during the International Conference on the Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife. 

Press release: How oryx antelopes survive in the hot Namib desert
PM_2013_08_IZW_Oryx gemsbok.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 148.1 KB
Wie überleben Oryxantilopen in der heißen Namibwüste
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 234.7 KB

Check out the media coverage about one of our study sites in Ecuador (Tiputini Biodiversity station) 


Job offer: Technical assistant (50%) in the stable isotope laboratory
08_13_Technische Assistentin_Stabilisoto
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 34.9 KB

5.4.2013 Wien, Austria, Third prize for group member Karin Schneeberger for her poster presentation "Effect of sex and age on the immune system of neotropical bats" during the GTÖ-conference 2013

3.4.2013 The Royal Society has listed our article:

Bairlein, F., Norris, D.R., Nagel, R., Bulte, M, Voigt, C.C., Fox, J.W., Jussel, D., Schmaljohann, H. (2012) Cross-hemisphere migration of a 25-gram songbird. Biology Letters 8: 505-507.

as one of the top 10 most downloaded and cited articles for 2012

Job offer: PhD postition to work on palaeotropical bats

Open PhD position: Virus ecology of bats
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 31.7 KB

Group member Karin Schneeberger won a poster prize for her presentation of 'Eco-immunology of Bats' during this year's conference of the German Zoological Society in Konstanz. Congratulations!

Former group member Dr. Barbara Caspers has been awarded the prestigious Niko-Tinbergen Award of the ethological society. Check out her web page at:

Press release (2.7.2012): The catchment area of bats killed at windfarms
wind farms kill bats.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 27.1 KB
Pressemitteilung (2.7.2012): Der Einzugsbereich von Windkraftanlagen für Fledermaus-Schlagopfer
Fledermäue und Windräder.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 27.3 KB
press release: Bats fill mixed fuel (20.6.2012)
Pressrelease200612_Bats fill mixed fuel.
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 25.6 KB
Pressemitteilung Fledermäuse tanken gemischten Treibstoff (20.6.2012)
PM_200612_Fledermäuse tanken gemischten
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 28.2 KB
Job announcement (PhD position)
PhD_position _migratory_bats 2012.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 146.1 KB
Stellenausschreibung Doktorarbeit
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 140.7 KB

It is with uttermost sadness and despair that we learned about the untimely death of PD Dr. Björn Siemers. Björn was a worldwide leading expert on the sensory ecology of bats, a highly respected colleague and a dear friend to us. Our thoughts are with his family and his group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen.

Björn, your inspiration and your vision will always accompany us, but we miss you desparately. Thank you for the time we were able to spend with you.


Christian Voigt


PS: We will honour Björn with a special symposium on 'Sensory Ecology of Bats' during the European Conference on Behavioural Biology in July in Essen, Germany (

Press release from 16. May 2012:
Bats: A good immune system ensures success in reproduction
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 418.4 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 16.5.2012:
Fledermäuse: Gutes Immunsystem sichert Erfolg bei der Fortpflanzung
PM IZW_Kleine_Hasenfledermaus_PLoS_ONE_d
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 415.7 KB

April 2012 We launched the first call for the 3rd International Berlin Bat Conference: Bats in the Anthropocene (1.-3.3.2013, Berlin, Germany). Download the call here:

Adobe Acrobat Dokument 137.8 KB

30.3.2012 The Royal Publishing Society has listed our article. 

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Rain increases the energy cost of bat flight. Biology Letters 7: 793-795.

as one of the top 10 most downloaded articles for 2011

25.2.2012 Erlangen, Germany

First prize for group member Karin Schneeberger for her oral presentation "Eco-immunology of mammals" during the GTÖ-conference 2012

Second prize for group member Daniel Lewanzik for his poster presentation "Rain increases the energy costs of bat flight" during the GTÖ-conference 2012

Job announcement (deadline: 3.2.2012)
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 14.0 KB
Press release from 22.11.2011
A big bite brings big success_22Nov11.pd
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 240.8 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 22.11.2011
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 17.3 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 4. Mai 2011
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 17.1 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 14. April 2011
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 115.8 KB

The article "Wibbelt, G., Moore, M., Schountz, T. Voigt, C.C. (2010) Emerging diseases in Chiroptera: Why bats? Biology Letters 6: 438-440." has been listed as the second most downloaded article in Biology Letters for 2010

Pressemitteilung vom 18. October 2010
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 126.2 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 25. May 2010
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 272.6 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 3. March 2010
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 21.8 KB
Pressemitteilung vom 7. May 2009
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 35.5 KB