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Max Planck Institut for Biogeochemistry



Excellent evaluation of our Graduate School
September 19, 2014



Our International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. It was established in 2010, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.

In summer 2014, our school has been evaluated by an international review team. The evaluation committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended the continuation for another six years. The international reviewers praised the quality of science, its originality, innovativeness, interconnectedness, the synergy effects and the internationality of the school, as well as the enthusiasm and the commitment of all partners.

Our structured PhD program focuses on:
- Improved understanding of biogeochemical processes, with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems,
- Development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feed-backs in the Earth system,
- Theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive Earth system models.

Our science and education package concentrates on:
- Sound education in global biogeochemical cycles through lecture courses
- Individual research on a concise thesis project, performed in a top research environment
- Training in collaborative research through research visits at foreign top research groups
- Individual mentoring and steering by advisory committees including extramural researchers

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