IMPRS Retreat 2015


Castle of Dornburg
07774 Dornburg
Link to webpage
German webpage with directions

ca. 7 km from Jena



February 17 & 18, 2015


Tentative start:

8:30 a.m. at the Inselplatz, Jena (Link to map) - Bus transfer
9:15 a.m. in the Großer Kaisersaal (former palace imperial of Dornburg)


1.  Learn from each other

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 PhD 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 PhD researchers should join. All IMPRS-faculty members and other advisors of IMPRS stipend holders are also strongly encouraged to participate.


2.  Agenda

See the preliminary detailed agenda here.


3.  Contribution of the PhD candidates

Presentations during the retreat should help other IMPRS members to understand what you are doing. That is why every PhD 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.


3.1  Oral presentation

Your talk 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. Perhaps 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?

From your talk, people should be able to take home

  • Why is your research important? (Context)
  • What is your main research question?
  • How do you address the question? (Methods you use… this also helps others to see in which areas you are/are becoming an expert and how to connect with you)
  • Perhaps one key result

Discuss with your advisor(s) in advance to identify these key issues.

Every PhD candidates will give a 3-min-talk + 2 min discussion (urgent questions). Thereafter everybody moves to the ‘Kleiner Kaisersaal’ and a poster session will take place.

Take advantage of the attention and advertise your poster during the 3-min-talk!


3.2  Poster presentations

Every PhD researcher should bring a poster (Poster template) to the IMPRS office by 2 pm on Friday, 13th February. Use it to show interesting aspects of your work that do not fit into the 3-min talk. This could be

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

You might also bring a recent existing poster.

Criteria of an effective poster:

  • Scientific content
  • Structure and formatting
  • Language and images
  • Amount of information
  • General impression

3.3  Parallel sessions

The following topics will be discussed by the PhD researcher:

  • Role of the IMPRS-gBGC representative & voting of Jakob’s successor
  • Rights & duties of a PhD researcher
  • IMPRS-gBGC curriculum (obligatory courses, research stay etc.)

4.  Contribution of the faculty members

Every faculty member will be asked to briefly introduce her- or himself in the beginning. This will give the PhD researchers the opportunity to get an overview of all research areas of the IMPRS-gBGC.

During the parallel session they will address the following issues:

  • Follow-up proposal
    • Publication habit
    • Topic-related clusters
    • Exceptional cases for extended funding
  • Faculty membership
  • Next call for applications

5.  Material

Detailed agenda
Templates for posters and presentations


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