MGSE PhD Student Retreat 2016
The first MGSE PhD Student Retreat took place on 24 - 26 October 2016 at the marine biological tideland station of the WWU in Carolinensiel along the tidelands of Lower Saxony. It brought together the PhD student community to present their projects and exchange experiences and knowledge in a focused but nevertheless enjoyable atmosphere. To inspire the PhD students and give them valuable feedback, MGSE PIs Joachim Kurtz, Jürgen Gadau, and Sebastian Leidel joined the event. Furthermore, Tobias Krause from the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute in Celle was invited as external speaker to provide additional input. Science apart, the participants enjoyed some time playing games or exploring the beautiful area around the station. Thanks to everybody who participated! We are looking forward to the next retreat.
MGSE PhD Student Retreat 2017
The second MGSE PhD Student Retreat took place on 16 – 18 October 2017 at the Evangelische Jugendbildungsstätte in Tecklenburg at the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest. The PhD students got together to present their research, exchange ideas with their peers and get familiar with other group’s work. They were joined by MGSE PIs Dr. Claudia Fricke and Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber as well as Postdoc Dr. Caroline Zanchi who provided valuable feedback on the student’s projects and gave presentations on their current work themselves. Also MGSE Speaker Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau visited on the first day to listen to the student's talks and to inform about recent developments within the graduate school. In addition to the scientific presentations and a debate about “Does evolutionary theory need a rethink”, the group finally learned about a one of the pivotal events in European history during an excursion to the Varusschlach Museum und Park Kalkriese.
MGSE PhD Student Retreat 2018
From 6 - 8 November 2018, the PhD students of the MGSE met for their third PhD Student Retreat at the Jugendgästehauses Dortmund. The PhD students got together to present their research, exchange ideas with their peers and get familiar with the other group’s work. They were joined by MGSE PI Prof. Dr. Shuqing Xu and the Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Centre Transregio NC³, Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger, from the University of Bielefeld. Both professors presented their current research and provided the PhD students with valuable feedback on their presentations. On the first day, also MGSE Speaker Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau and EvoPAD Speaker Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz joined the group to discuss current developments within the graduate school and to work on plans for the future. Apart from the scientific program, the PhD students enjoyed a trip to the Zollern Colliery to learn about Germany’s industrial history.
MGSE PhD Student Retreat 2019
On 29 and 30 August 2019 MGSE PhD students got together for the fourth MGSE student retreat, this time in Cologne. The retreat aims to foster scientific exchange between the students through the presentation of projects and discussions of broader evolutionary topics as well as social interactions between students. Dr Luca Melotti from the Department of Behavioural Biology and MGSE PI Dr Anna Lampei-Bucharová from the Institute of Landscape Ecology joined the retreat and presented an overview of their research and provided feedback to the students on their projects. After the scientific programme, the students enjoyed an afternoon in sunny Cologne while climbing the Cathedral's tower.