IMPRS-gBGC Retreat 2021




February 22-23, 2021



1.  COVID-19

We would love to be able to get together and gather in Heldrungen like last year. But due to the current lockdown, we decided to have a fully virtual version of the retreat.


1.1  Learn from each other

It is an important aim of the PhD program to facilitate the exchange among the doctoral researchers and with experienced scientists. This targeted support is important since doctoral researchers, advisors and course facilitators are spread across several institutes. Through scientific discussions after presentations of doctoral researchers or during poster sessions, but also through informal conversations during the breaks, the retreat organized under the umbrella of the IMPRS contributes significantly to a team spirit and also the development of personal career networks.

The retreat is our networking event for a lively exchange between all members of the IMPRS. This means there will be opportunity

  • to present your work
  • to get to know other doctoral researchers and advisors
  • learn about overarching research questions in Earth System Science
  • ask about (for example)
    • techniques used in other fields of science
    • science in general

All doctoral researchers should join. All IMPRS-faculty members and associated scientists are also strongly encouraged to participate.


1.2  Agenda

The agenda will be posted here soon


2.  3-min talks & related project sessions

Presentations during the retreat should help other IMPRS members to understand what you are doing. That is why every doctoral researcher should present his/her work in a short talk. From you can download templates for slides.


3-min talk

Before holding your 3-min-talk please introduce yourself to the audience. Have one slide with - your name - your working group - how long you have been a member of the IMPRS

You have an additional minute to do so.

Your 3-min talk (template) should be understandable for everybody in the audience with a broad variety of different backgrounds (chemists, microbiologists, physicists, mathematiciens etc.). Everything that is too long or too complex for this short talk should go into the ADDITIONAL SLIDES.

So rather present some key concepts or select one key result. Make sure to explain what is new and important about your work. What are overarching/related questions in biogeochemistry and Earth system science?

Select only one aspect of your PhD project, either

  • your thesis concept, or
  • your context/motivation, or
  • one key result/graph/figure.

Discuss with your advisor(s) in advance to identify this aspect.

Every doctoral researcher will give a 3-min talk (max. 3 slides) followed by a very short discussion (urgent questions). Thereafter the related poster session will take place.


 Project presentation session

Every doctoral researcher will get a virtual room to present their project. Have additional slides in your presentation to show interesting aspects of your work that do not fit into the 3-min talk. This could be

  • (further) results
  • details about your project background/setup
  • questions you have
  • etc.

3.  Parallel session

The parallel session will give you time to discuss important issues among your peers.


3.1   PhD researchers

Horizontal discussions will be carried out in groups according to the stage of PhD / cohorts. Experiences and/or challenges with regard to supervision, PAC meetings, research stay, conferences, courses or summer schools or publications might be shared and debated. Furthermore a joint discussion among all PhD researchers is planned. Please contribute actively with topics of your interest in both sessions and contact your PhD representatives if you have any questions.


3.2   Faculty members and associated scientists

We will talk about the replies from the evaluators and a future IMPRS Curriculum.


3.3   Breakout

All members are highly encouraged to make use of the break-out session to exchange about science and other topics of interest like career planning, dual career, etc.


4.  Feedback

This is the feedback of 27 (out of 48) participants. Statistics and statements should not be taken as an exhaustive or exclusive list.

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