IMPRS-gBGC Retreat 2018


DJH Youth Hostel Heldrungen
floor plan of the side building


February 20-21, 2018

Travel directions


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

by car via A4, A71

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


here by January 15, 2017


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

Final agenda including titles of the talks


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. A brainstorming event for doctoral researchers will be organized by the PhD representatives and the horizontal session for junior group leaders and faculty members will be prepared by Steffi. Topics can be communicated using this etherpad (set up by the PhD representatives) or via email to Steffi. Please contribute with topics of your interest.


3.  Feedback

This is the feedback of 49 (out of 60) participants. Statistics and statements should not be taken as an exhaustive or exclusive list.

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