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Institute Programmes

Some institutes give their PhD students particularly intensive help from the very beginning. One example is the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Plant Sciences (IBG-2). Its training programme includes a project finding phase before the PhD begins. In the first 2 to 3 months, the future PhD students make a concrete summary of their topic and draft a work plan. In addition, a supervision team is assembled, comprising scientists from Jülich and the university which is to confer the PhD. As the three-year PhD progresses, the students report to their supervision team three times a year about the progress of their project in a series of two-hour discussion sessions. Questions regarding how to approach the research and the contents of the project can be discussed and examined in these meetings. IBG-2 also actively supports its PhD students spending two to three months working at an appropriate cooperation partner institute, preferably abroad. Early-career scientists benefit from this not only in terms of scientific content but also in broadening their cultural and linguistic horizons. Other institutes, for instance the nine medical institutes, regularly offer seminars on general topics. All early-career scientists also meet once a year at a retreat to deepen their professional and soft skills.

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Plant Sciences