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.

HIGRADE Fall Conference 2016

- 26 September 2016, UFZ Leipzig: KUBUS -

next HIGRADE Conference: 10 May 2017


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

2:10 pm Poster Pitches
                Chair: Langping Wu

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) - cancelled

Music: Camila Knecht
Chair: Dr. Jula Zimmermann

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
  • Xingmei Xu (CLE): Phenological Metrics Extraction for Agricultural Land-use Types Using MODIS
  • Kamila Kozlowska (SOMA): Early biofilm development under stress conditions in Pseudomonas taiwanensis VLB120

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

Social Sciences

  • Harry Schindler (OEKON): Umweltlenkungsabgaben zur Umsetzung von Art. 9 Wasserrahmenrichtlinie

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 - cancelled