IMPRS-Retreat 2014


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

ca. 7 km from Jena



February 11-12, 2014



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 IMPRS students 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 IMPRS-students should join. All IMPRS-faculty members and other advisors of IMPRS students are also strongly encouraged to participate.


2.  Agenda

See the agenda here


2.1  Presentations & discussion of PhD projects

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

Every PhD student should showcase his/her work in a short talk and a poster. There will be a reward for the best talk and the best poster!


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?

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

Each PhD student will give a 3-min-talk to introduce his/her topic (rule of thumb: about 3 slides). The emphasis is on discussing the project, so there are 6 min devoted to this (in total 9 min per PhD project).

The voting of the best presentation will be made using the evaluation form for oral presentations after the following criteria:

  • Structural logic / understandability
  • Scientific content
  • Quality
  • Originality

Poster presentations

Every PhD student should bring a poster. 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 bring a recent existing poster but please keep in mind that for the site visit of the IMPRS evaluation on May 20, 2014, every IMPRS student must present a poster, this time using the IMPRS template.

Poster sessions will take place during the coffee break in the afternoon (both days 3.30 - 4.30 p.m.). The PhD students will be separated into two groups: Members of group 1 are characterized by initial letters A - J of their first name like Antje, Fanny, Jakob, and Juliane. PhD students with an initial letter K - T like Lailah, Martin, Shreeya, and Talie belong to group 2.

On Tuesday members of group 1 stands at their posters whereas group 2 evaluates the posters of group 1 using the evaluation form for group 2. On Wednesday group 1 evaluates the posters of group 2 which stands at their posters using the evaluation form for group 1.

Additionally, PhD students will discuss further improvement of their posters and vote the best poster during the parallel session on Wednesday under the guidance of their cohort representative (in bold letters in the list of cohorts).

Criteria of an effective poster:

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

2.2  Parallel session

We will have time to prepare the evaluation. An introductory presentation will be given by Anna Görner and in the following parallel session the PhD students will work in groups of their cohorts (see list of cohorts). Get to know each other and help to prepare the report for the evaluation via creating profiles including photos of every PhD student (profile template).


2.3  IMPRS in general

The IMPRS aims continuous improvement. Therefore the curriculum including aims, courses and feedback/transparency are approached on Wednesday.


3.  Material

List of cohorts

3.1  Presentations of PhD projects


Tuesday, February 11, 2014, First morning session

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Second morning session

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Afternoon session

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, First morning session

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Second morning session



Other presentations

3.2  Forms

Evaluation form for oral presentations

Evaluation form for Posters:

Profile template

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