IMPRS-gBGC Retreat 2020

Mandatory event


DJH Youth Hostel Heldrungen
floor plan of the side building


February 17-18, 2020

Travel directions


by bus from (Busbahnhof, Jena) at 8:30 am

by car via A4, A71

by train (hourly) via Weimar & Erfurt plus 39 min walk


here by January 23, 2020


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.


2.  Agenda

This is the detailed agenda and here you can find all titles of the talks and the posters.


2.1  3-min talks & related poster 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 and a poster. From this page you can download templates for both slides and poster presentations.


3-min talk

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 to complex for this short talk should go into the poster.

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.


2.2   Poster session

Every doctoral researcher should bring a poster (Poster template) to the retreat. 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.

You can also bring a recent existing poster.


2.3  Parallel session

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


2.4   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.


2.5   Faculty members and associated scientists

The horizontal session for group leaders and faculty members will mainly address the upcoming evaluation of the IMPRS-gBGC.


2.6   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.


3  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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