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The call for applications for 2018 is closed. Details on the 2019 call will be available in autumn/winter 2018.

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IMPRS in Cologne and Düsseldorf

IMPRS in Cologne and Düsseldorf

The IMPRS on "Understanding Complex Plant Traits using Computational and Evolutionary Approaches" is the continuation of the IMPRS that started in September 2001 and is organized by the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research together with its partners from the University of Cologne and the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf. The constellation of participating institutions provides excellent training conditions and expertise in plant genetics, structural biology, cell biology and bioinformatics. The program offers an interdisciplinary education for highly motivated students. Individual projects will e.g. include: C4 photosynthesis, perennial flowering, diverged endophytic interactions, tolerance to specific forms of abiotic stress and the biosynthesis of novel secondary metabolites bioinformatics, analysis of trait diversity in the Brassicales and mathematical modeling of biological processes

An essential characteristic of the IMPRS is that students from all countries can apply, and that the entire program including all the lectures and training courses will be taught in English. Therefore a high proficiency in English is required to enrol in the program. The IMPRS is a pure doctoral program. Students who want to apply must have a Masters degree in order to be admitted by the enrolling university.

The scope of the IMPRS on "Understanding Complex Plant Traits using Computational and Evolutionary Approaches" is that students finish their doctoral degree within 3 years. This is achieved by replacing the classical semester structure commonly in place at German Universities by an intense and particularly oriented training program. The program includes lectures, seminar series and laboratory courses. At the end of the program a written thesis and a successful thesis defence (“Disputation”) qualify for a Dr. rer. nat. (corresponding to a Ph.D.) degree. IMPRS students have the choice to receive their doctoral degree also from a university of their home country.

The scientific education of our PhD students is complemented by a set of soft skill courses (scientific writing, oral presentation, communication skills, etc). Additionally, there is a yearly retreat for PhD students and their supervisors, where we go to a conference centre somewhere outside of Cologne, to hear all PhD students present their recent work and to discuss science for three days.
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