IMPRS Coordinator

Dr. Kerstin Mehnert
Dr. Kerstin Mehnert
Scientific Coordinator
Phone:+49 4522 763-233

Members of the IMPRS

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Members of the IMPRS

PhD students

More than 50 doctoral students are currently working in our IMPRS Evolbio. They are coming from 26 different countries meaning that about 75 percent of PhD candidates are coming from abroad. Our faculty consists of 30 leading scientists from all three participating institutions in Kiel and Plön.

IMPRS PhD representatives

The speakers of the fellows are easy-to-reach contact persons for all IMPRS students. They shall ensure that the interests of the fellows in the IMPRS are represented in general and in the faculty meetings as well as that they are integrated in the program.
The IMPRS student representatives are elected each year on the meeting of the fellows (IMPRS retreat). Re-election is possible.
Preferably, at least one student from each location (Kiel: CAU/ GEOMAR and Plön: MPI) should be elected.

In addition, an external representative is elected for a term of one year by all MPI PhD students. They represent the institute to the Max Planck PhDnet, which in turn is the network of all PhD candidates and PhD representatives of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 2003 to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, to optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and to strengthen academic solidarity.

At present, we have five IMPRS speakers and one external speaker at the MPI. All representatives are closely working together. They provide a platform for an exchange among the students and organize regular PhD meetings, such as social events or the yearly IMPRS retreat.

The PhD representatives are in close contact with the coordinator of the graduate program and also attend the regular meetings of the IMPRS faculty.

IMPRS Evolbio Management

The IMPRS is headed by two spokespersons, one from the MPI (Diethard Tautz) and one from the University (Hinrich Schulenburg). The spokespersons together with Arne Traulsen (MPI), Eva Stukenbrock (MPI/CAU), Tal Dagan (CAU) and Thorsten Reusch (GEOMAR) form the steering committee, which together with the coordinator of the program, coordinates all major decisions with respect to the organization of the program or teaching and recruitment of students and new faculty members.

The coordinator runs the daily business of the school. The major tasks in coordinating the program include the preparation and organization of the recruitment procedure, the support of (new) students in all kind of relevant matters, the coordination of courses and lectures, the preparation of retreats (together with the students) and the administration of the IMPRS website. Furthermore, the coordinator functions as the contact person for all IMPRS students as well as the IMPRS faculty.
She collaborates with the administrative and secretarial staff of the MPI and the University, the International Offices at the MPI and at CAU as well as with the Graduate Center of the University.

IMPRS faculty members

The IMPRS faculty consists of independent group leaders from all three participating institutions. The faculty is actively involved in the recruitment of new IMPRS candidates and the TAC meetings. Furthermore, they should attend the IMPRS activities, such as the retreat or the rotation presentations.

 
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