IMPRS-gBGC Retreat 2019


DJH Youth Hostel Heldrungen
floor plan of the side building


February 25-26, 2019

Travel directions


by bus from (Inselplatz, Jena) at 8:15 am

by car via A4, A71

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


here by January 15, 2019


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 contribute significantly to an 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 other advisors of IMPRS stipend holders are also strongly encouraged to participate.


2.  Agenda

>> Detailed agenda with the titles of talks and posters and agenda without titles


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 talk (template) should be understandable for everybody in the audience (microbiologists and physicists alike). 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) + 2 min discussion (urgent questions). Thereafter everybody moves to another room and a poster session will take place.


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.


2.2  Parallel session

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


PhD researchers

On Monday, horizontal discussions will be carried out in groups according to the stage of PhD / cohorts. Feel free to join the group suggested by Steffi. Experiences and/or challenges with regard to supervision, PAC meetings, research stay, conferences, courses or summer schools or publications might be shared and debated. On Tuesday, a joint discussion among all PhD researchers will take place. Please contribute actively with topics of your interest in both sessions and contact your PhD representatives Martijn, Shane, Jasper, Ann-Sophie) if you have any questions.


Faculty members and associated scientists

The horizontal session for group leaders and faculty members will among other things address the situation of group leaders (visibility, recognition and transparency of supervision activities) as well as the evaluation & follow-up proposal for the third funding period of the IMPRS-gBGC.



Selected senior scientists will share their story and talk about their career during, before or after an activity (short walk with Carlos Sierra, long walk with Jost Lavric, run with Kirsten Küsel, archery with Sue Trumbore, castle tour with Christine Römermann, salsa dancing with Alexander Brenning, table tennis with Nuno Carvalhais, role game “werewolf” with Julia Marshall). Interesting insights and discussions will be supported by the active contribution and questions of PhD researchers. Failures and how senior scientists dealt with them might be shared in an informal setting, too. Please sign up for your favorite in the IMPRS office or via email to until Thu, February 21 at 5:00 pm.

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