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First RTG reloc Science Slam

October 10th, 2020. To celebrate the inauguration of out new administrative team member (who does not have a background in science, no less), we held our very first Science Slam. The rules were simple: explain your project without assuming any expert knowledge at all, in three minutes only. Ebru, Santiago, Emanuel, Konstantin, Theresa, Hélène, and Nele took on the challenge.  Drawing not just on their expertise, but also on their creativity, they explained their research topics, ranging from neurodegeneration and neurogenesis to questions surrounding the role of mitochondria in aging processes, utilizing anything from Pac-Man and self-made comics to animal allegories.

            While being fun, however, the core idea of the Slam event was quite serious. The ability to communicate scientific knowledge outside of an academic setting is extremely important, but, at the same time, is also rarely part of any formal education. Explaining your PhD project to your grandparents can already be a big challenge in a lot of cases, but the stakes of communicating scientific insights and understandings to a broader public are much higher. It is great to see then that our PhDs are capable of managing that challenge so gracefully. We’re looking forward to a possible part two of the event, stay tuned for more updates.

Thank you!

July 17th, 2020. Today our students completed their Introductory Course. This is the view they shared for the last two weeks. Thank you all for participating! We hope that you enjoyed the course and took home some valuable ideas for your PhD projects.

Introductory Course

July 3rd, 2020. We are excited to start our endeavor with 22 highly motivated PhD students! Next to the scientific “sunrise lectures” presented by our RTG PIs, our students will spend the first week learning about the principles of good scientific conduct and project management.

RTG reloc Welcome Package

July 1st, 2020. We celebrate the official start of our RTG reloc and adapt to PhD life during Corona times with an unusual welcome gift!