Dr. Kerstin Mehnert
Dr. Kerstin Mehnert
Scientific Coordinator
Phone: + 49 4522 763-233
Fax: +49 4522 763-351
Room: 116

IMPRS Spokespersons

Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg
Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg
IMPRS Spokesperson for CAU
Phone:+49 431 880 41 41
Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz
Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz
IMPRS Spokesperson for MPI
Phone:+49 4522 763 390

Program of the IMPRS Evolbio

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IMPRS Program

The program of the IMPRS is designed for doctoral students with a diploma or master's degree and the PhD work should be completed within three years. The working language within the IMPRS is English.

All IMPRS students receive the doctoral degree from the Christian Albrechts Universität in Kiel (CAU), therefore the doctoral degree regulations of the CAU Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are binding. After successful dissertation, each IMPRS participant receives both the doctoral certificate of the university and a certificate of the IMPRS. This certificate confirms the successful completion of the doctoral thesis within the IMPRS and lists all courses attended during this time. All scientific work within the graduate program is based on the Rules of Good Scientific Practice
of the Max Planck Society. The Doctoral Program, with all of its rights and responsibilities for doctoral students and supervisors, is written down in the student supervisor agreement of the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology.

Rotation phase

At the beginning of the program, each doctoral student starts with a rotation phase of three months. This training phase consists of two internships à six-weeks in IMPRS-related working groups, where ideally small research projects are completed. The aim of the rotations is to give the new doctoral students the opportunity to get to know the IMPRS better and vice versa. In addition, important methods and techniques can be learned for the upcoming doctoral thesis.

In principle, the rotations should be done at both locations, in Kiel and in Plön. The first rotation usually takes place in the group where the thesis is to be prepared later on. The second rotation
is planned together with the supervisor in a working group that expediently complements the interests and knowledge of the doctoral student. On the basis of reports and a lecture, the work will be evaluated by the IMPRS faculty.

Doctoral thesis and supervision

The graduate program of the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology consists of the doctoral thesis and a teaching program. Both are guided and discussed by the direct supervisor and a thesis advisory committee (TAC). Direct supervisors are usually members of our IMPRS faculty, in whose research group the doctorate is carried out. In addition to the main supervisor, the TAC consists of at least two more members coming from other working groups ideally within the IMPRS. One of them should also come from another affiliated institute.


During the three-year graduate education, all doctoral candidates participate in courses that complement their individual skills and experience. The advisory committee discusses and agrees on the choice of courses. In total, at least 60 day equivalents will be collected until the program is successfully completed.

Participation in the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology and the detailed personal curriculum will be individually certified by the IMPRS upon completion of the program.

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