IMPRS retreat 2025

  • Start: Feb 25, 2025
  • End: Feb 26, 2025

Mandatory event
Place Youth Hostel Heldrungen
Date February 25-26, 2025

1.  Learn from each other

It is an important aim of the PhD program to facilitate the exchange among the young researchers and with experienced scientists. This targeted support is important since PhD researchers and advisors are spread across several institutes. Our retreat contributes significantly to a team spirit and to the development of personal career networks through scientific discussions after presentations of PhD researchers and during poster sessions, as well as via informal exchange during the breaks and discussion rounds.

It is our networking event for a lively exchange between all IMPRS members. 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, advise, mentoring and career planning)

All PhD researchers should join. All postdocs, group leaders and professors involved in the research, teaching and supervision of the IMPRS are also strongly encouraged to participate.

2.  Agenda


2.1  introduction of postdoc, group leaders and professors

All postdocs, group leaders and professors will be asked to briefly introduce themselves (max. 3 min per person, without slides/presentation). Please name your (a) affiliation, (b) research focus, interests and project(s), (c) responsibilities (steering committee member, teaching, supervision), and (d) topic for the walk and talk.

2.2 3-min talks & related project sessions

Presentations during the retreat should help others to understand what you are doing. Bare in mind that you will have an audience with a broad variety of different backgrounds (chemists, microbiologists, physicists, mathematiciens etc.).

Every PhD researcher should present his/her work in a short talk and a poster. Please use the IMPRS templates.

3-min talk

Please present only the concept or one key result of your PhD project in the very short 3-min talk (max. 3 slides). Everything else should go into your poster. The corresponding poster session will take place directly after the presentations.

Discuss with your advisor(s) in advance.

Poster session
Every doctoral researcher should bring a poster to the retreat. Show interesting aspects of your work that do not fit into the 3-min talk. This could be

  • details about your project background/setup
  • (further) results
  • questions you have, etc.

You can also bring a recent existing poster.

2.3 walk and talk

All faculty members, group leaders and postdocs are asked to pick a non-scientific topic like publishing from an editor’s perspective, women in science, dual career, diversity in science, politics and science. PhD researchers can choose the topic according to their interest for an informal exchange.

2.4 Horizontal session

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

PhD researchers
The first horizontal discussion will be held in groups according to the stage of the PhD project / cohort (early stage, late stage, etc.) before the retreat. The horizontal discussion on the second day will be among all PhD researchers. Details will be provided.
Please contribute actively with topics of your interest in both sessions and contact your PhD representatives if you have any questions.

Faculty members, group leaders and postdocs
Feel free to submit topics of your interest.

3. Logistics

Travel options
a) Bus transfer from the bus terminal Jena to Heldrungen on Tuesday at 9:00 am (sharp!) and Wednesday afternoon back after registration or
b) Self-organized travel by train or car.

Shared rooms will be offered free of charge as we will be staying overnight.

Vegetarian food
... will be provided.

Travel request/application
For registered participants who have a contract at MPI-BGC, we will make a group business trip application.

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