HIGRADE Conference 2015. Photo: Gunnar Dreßler/UFZ

HIGRADE Conference

At the HIGRADE Conference, doctoral researchers in their final year present their work and there are many possibilities for scientific exchange and networking. All UFZ colleagues and our cooperation partners are invited to join the event!

HIGRADE Conference 2022

DATE: 15 June 2022, UFZ Leipzig: KUBUS

>Registration: Please register by 01 June here

Agenda 15 June

11:00-12:00 Warm-up at KUBUS Leipzig
>meet UFZ services:
Do-it doctoral representation
"WTT": "transfun" and other services
UFZ Career Center
12:00-13:00 lunch break (individual)
13:00-14:15 Welcome address - UFZ Management Prof. G. Teutsch, HIGRADE team
Pitch Session - chairs: Jaya Upadhyay, Humblenoble Stembridge Ayuk
(hall 1, KUBUS)
14:15-14:30 small break
14:30-16:00 Poster Session
(Foyer, KUBUS)
16:00-17:00 Award Session & Keynote:
Poster & Pitch Awards
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jennifer Hauck (CoKnow Consulting) on her PhD and career
(hall 1, KUBUS)
~17:00 Get-together (Foyer, KUBUS)


  • Jaya Upadhyay (BZF): "The Natural in the National Park" : Diversity and abundance of woody plants and birds across altitudinal and management gradients in Darjeeling Himalayas.
  • Cynthia Albracht (BOOEK): Plant and soil history effects on community assembly of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • Anton Gasser (BOSYS): The transfer of carbon incubation parameters to model the soil organic carbon and nitrogen dynamics of a field trial
  • Qijun Yang (BOSYS): Soil multifunction patterns in Northeast China and its coupling with land use types
  • Saeed Golmohammadi (BOSYS): Impact of wettability and gravity on fluid displacement and trapping in representative 2D micromodels of porous media
  • Jonna Heuschele (BZF): Spatio-temporal effects of land use intensity on plant-pollinator networks
  • Qun Liu (BZF): Effects of climate change and land use on earthworm community
  • Victoria Volke (BZF): Tree Traits and their functional role in cooling urban environments - an across-species approach
  • Yicong Liu (BZF): Can we relate environmental information to nectar production?
  • Maria Gabriela Rodriguez Barrera (CLE): Understanding the effect of prairie dogs on semi-arid grasslands
  • Marta Bonato (CLE): Moving towards multifunctional agricultural landscapes: a model-based approach that links landscape characteristics with natural pest control, water quality and crop production
  • Francesca De Giorgi (PHYDIV): Effects of species diversity on genotypic and phenotypic variation in the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning context. A field study with taraxacum officinale.
  • Dorian Nothaaß (PHYDIV, OESA): Modelling metapopulations with variable mortality and stochastic birth-death processes

  • Sarah Haenelt (ISOBIO): Fate and effects of sulfamethoxazole antibiotic in surface water
  • Marc Tamisier (ISOBIO): Characterization of microbiologically influenced corrosion by methanogenic archaea and sulfate reducing bacteria
  • Caglar Akay (UBT): Microbial transformation of sulfonamide antibiotics under different redox conditions
  • Emea Ude (UBT): Identification of candidate enzymes for nitrite reduction in anaerobic ammonium oxidizing “Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis” strain CSTR1
  • Carmen Bruckmann (UMB): My ellipse problem: Can an algorithm replace scientists staring at dot-plots?
  • Nafi'u Abdulkadir (UMB): Combining flow cytometry and metagenomics improves the recovery of metagenome-assembled genomes in an enrichment culture from activated sludge
  • Vedran Vucic (UMB): P uptake from wastewater in the brewery yeast for P recovery
  • Zhe Cheng (UMB): The fate and effect of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant genes in anaerobic digestion system

  • Katrina Chan (Bioenergy): The land-use system: The effects of food-demand on bioenergy production
  • Mansi Nagpal (OEKON): Agricultural drought adaptation and costs: Country-wide empirical analysis of a multi-agent model for Germany
  • Fengxiang Guo (SUSOZ): A new nonlinear method for downscaling land surface temperature by integrating guided and Gaussian filtering
  • Marieke Baaken (UPOL): Behavioral insights and adequate policy responses for sustainable agriculture

  • Rafael Chavez Garcia Silva (ASAM): Understanding trends and patterns of groundwater storage changes in the Northwestern Mediterranean region
  • Karen Rojas-Gómez (ASAM): Transport, fate and impacts of particle bound contaminants on the water quality of an urbanised catchment
  • Xiaolin Zhang (ASAM): Disentangling in-stream nitrate uptake pathways based on two-station high-frequency monitoring in high-order streams
  • Christina F. Radtke (CATHYD): Nitrate and water isotopes as tools to resolve nitrate travel times in a mixed land use catchment
  • Felipe Saavedra (CATHYD): Effects of hydrological events on nitrate mobilization and delivery in German river catchments
  • Hong Wei (CATHYD): Impact of hydrological variability on C and N cycling in an agricultural headwater catchment
  • Arianna Borriero (HDG): Evaluating the value of young water fractions for determining water transit times in diverse catchments
  • Franz Dichgans (HDG): Integrated modeling of transport of microplastics in(to) the hyporheic zone
  • Pouyan Ahmadi (HDG): Modeling the transport and fate of microplastic particles in stagnant waters
  • Carolin Waldemer (SEEFO): Fish ponds and climate-relevant gases

  • Bahar Bahrami (CHS): Developing a parsimonious canopy model to predict forest gross primary productivity and leaf area index
  • Friedrich Boeing (CHS): High-resolution drought simulations and comparison to soil moisture observations in Germany
  • Sebastian Müller (CHS): GeoStat-Framework: Create your geo-statistical model with Python!
  • Floris Hermanns (CLE): Flux footprint modeling for improved ecosystem productivity estimation
  • Diana Altendorf (ENVINF): Decentralised ventilation efficiency for indoor radon reduction considering different environmental parameters.
  • Sophie Steigerwald (MET): Evaluating VNIR spectroscopy, electromagnetic induction and gamma spectrometry to predict soil properties at landscape scale
  • Antonia Ludwig (RS): Using simulated grassland communities and radiative transfer modeling to test the spectral variation hypothesis
  • Toni Schmidt (RS): Intercomparison of current soil moisture products from remote sensing and modeling over COSMOS field sites in Germany

  • Ayesha Siddique (OEKOTOX): Adaptation to pesticides and associated fitness costs under single and multi-stress conditions
  • Elaine Jennings (ANA): Stable isotope labeling for detection of ozonation products in effluent organic matter
  • Julia Nöth (BIOTOX): Development of approaches to study vascular disruptors as an endpoint for developmental toxicity in zebrafish embryos
  • Sebastian Gutsfeld (BIOTOX): Are peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) required for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-dependent hyperactivity in zebrafish?