Graduate School HIGRADE

HIGRADE Conference

At the HIGRADE Conference, doctoral candidates in their last year present their topics and HIGRADE alumni receive their certificates. The conference takes place twice a year, in spring and in fall.

- Next HIGRADE Conference: 17 November 2015, UFZ Leipzig: KUBUS -

HIGRADE Spring Conference 2015 - Impressions 

  • Photo: Gunnar Dreßler/UFZ

  • Winners of the Poster competition: Rania Abdalla Babiker Saad, Edna Rödig, Sara König (Photo: Verena Schaller/UFZ)

  • HIGRADE alumni Carolin Helbig (ENVINF), Jan Achtenhagen (UBT), Simone Lampa (NSF) / Photo: Gunnar Dreßler/UFZ

  • Stephan Richter (UMB) & Witoon Purahong (BOOEK) / Photo: Gunnar Dreßler/UFZ
    Further HIGRADE alumni of spring 2015 are: Otoniel Carranza-Diaz (ANA), Zuopeng Lv (UMB), Marian Brabender (FLOEK), Gaetano Solazzo (BZF), Susan Schamfuß (UMB), Carolina Vogs (BIOTOX), Ning Zhang (ISOBIO)


After a warm welcome by the UFZ executive management, Prof. Georg Teutsch, and by the head of the graduate school, Dr. Jula Zimmermann, the doctoral researchers invited the audience to come see the posters of their doctoral projects by giving short “pitches” (one-minute speed talks). Muhammad Umer Shafique (OEC) chaired this lively part of the programme which was followed by a poster session with intense discussions over coffee and snacks. The topics covered ranged from biogas production to spatial dynamics of microbes and the impact of chemical toxicants. This also included new insights on the harmful effects of smoking or the degradation of plastics. 

During the award ceremony, the best posters were awarded, HIGRADE alumni received their certificates, and UFZ scientists Prof. Markus Weitere and Dr. Rico Fischer presented their projects and aspects of their career paths.

Our special thanks go to the The Friends' Association of the UFZ who sponsored the book prizes for the best posters. In addition, we would like to thank for the musical accompaniment during the ceremony as well as the jury and every single one who helped to make this conference and the evening programme a success.

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