HIGRADE Conference 2015. Photo: Gunnar Dreßler/UFZ

HIGRADE Conference

At the HIGRADE Conference, doctoral researchers in their final year present their work and HIGRADE Alumni receive their HIGRADE Certificates. The conference takes place twice a year, in spring and in autumn.

Next HIGRADE Conference:

HIGRADE Fall Conference 2016

- 26 September 2016, UFZ Leipzig: KUBUS -

Register here by 16 September 2016


2:00 pm Welcome & Opening (Prof. Georg Teutsch / Dr. Jula Zimmermann)

2:10 pm Poster Pitches

2:30 pm Open Poster Session

3:30 pm Award Ceremony

  • awarding of HIGRADE certificates and poster prizes
  • announcement of winners of UFZ Doctoral Award & UFZ Supervision Award 2016
  • presentations of scientists on their career and doctoral thesis
            Ines Thronicker (UPOL, UFZ)
            Prof. Erika Kothe (FSU Jena)

from 5:00 pm


Chemicals in the Environment & Health

  • Virginie Dubourg (MOLSYB) "Transgenerational effects of Benzyl Butyl Phthalate on immune cells"
  • Fränze Vorreiter (MOLSYB) "Non protein-coding RNAs have functional roles in the immune system"
  • Dominique Türkowsky (MOLSYB) "Protein modifications during degradation of chlorionated benzenes"
  • Fabian Fischer (ZELLTOX) "Bioavailability of organic micropollutants in cell-based bioassays"
  • Bilha Saina Chepchirchir (OEC) "Passive sampling for monitoring organic contaminants in a tropical river"
  • Zishu Liu (UMB) "Stable or not? Pattern show you: evaluating the stability of microbial community with flow cytometry"
  • Marcus Hillebrand (OEC) "Can computer-toxicological methods be applied confidently to assess the skin sensitizing (allergic) potential of organic chemicals?"
  • Liu Yaqing (ISOBIO) "Masking of enantiomer and carbon isotope fractionation of α-hexachlorocyclohexane due to membrane transport in Sphingobium indicum strain B90A"

Land Use, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

  • Juliana da Silva Menger (NSF) "Unraveling patterns and drivers of understorey bird species distribution in a Central Amazon forest - from communities to population genetics"
  • Christian Kempe (BZF) "The influence of ant diversity on occurrence and conservation of the Dusky Large Blue Butterfly Maculinea nausithous"
  • Harry Schindler tba

Modeling & Monitoring

  • Henning Nolzen (OESA) "Modelling of newly emerging energy landscapes"
  • Sebastian Lehmann (OESA) "Fast inverse modelling of dynamic vegetation models"
  • Maria Langhammer (OESA) "Do Ecological Focus Areas help to protect the European brown hare? - A modelling approach"
  • Abdul Jabbar Asadi (MET) "2D Probabilistic Prediction of Sparsely Measured Geotechnical Parameters Constrained by Tomographic Ambiguity and Measurement Errors"
  • Xingmei Xu tba

Water & Soil

  • Xiaoqing Liu (SEEFO) "Fractionation of OC pools from lacustrine sediment by a multi-step sequential chemical extraction procedure"
  • Anna Pissarello (UBT) "Brown waters and climate change. Is there a link?"
  • Gunsmaa Batbayar (ASAM) "Long noncoding RNAs in activated T cells"