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20.07.2015 10:00

6th TIPP student retreat

Three day program at Kloster Heiligkreuztal

From 16-18 July 2015, 33 student participants headed to the idyllic monastic setting of Kloster Heiligkreuztal, near Sigmaringen on the southern edge of the Swabian Alb, for this year’s joint student retreat. As in previous years, a student committee drawn jointly from the International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences and the IMPRS put together the three-day program.


All student participants presented either a talk or poster, and these presentations proved very lively, with plenty of questions and discussion despite the wide range of topics covered. The student body were joined by three guest scientists: Dr. Baris Tursun (Berlin: Gene regulation and cell fate decision in
C. elegans
), Prof. Constantinos Stathopoulos (Patras, Greece: tRNA and rRNA biogenesis, tRNA-dependent processes) and Prof. Tanja Schwander (Lausanne, Switzerland: evolution of reproductive systems in animals), who not only provided excellent plenary talks but were enthusiastic discussion partners throughout the event. New this year were presentations from recent program alumni: Dr. Regina Bohnert, now at Molecular Health GmbH in Heidelberg and Dr. Evelyn Sauer, postdoctoral fellow at the Biozentrum Basel, talked about their careers so far and provided valuable insights into mastering the transition from PhD to employment.


Co-organizer Paola de Magistris (Antonin Lab, FML) comments, "Your thesis work keeps you in the lab such that meeting the other PhD candidates on a regular basis and keeping updated about each others´ progress is not straightforward. Events like the TIPP Retreat allow us to fill the gap and bond, strengthening the personal and professional interactions between labs in University and in the MPI campus. As an organizer, I am now acquainted with the effort and tasks that organization of a scientific event requires - a skill that I am sure will be of use in my career!"

Click here for more about the retreat.