Since 2001 the Graduate Program of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry hosts an annual retreat at the Castle Ringberg, a conference site of the Max Planck Society. Every year in February about twenty graduate students of the MPIB meet for three days, facilitating interdisciplinary scientific communication between the various research departments. In a professional but friendly and recreational atmosphere each student presents (parts of) his/her doctoral project in a talk or poster , often leading to inspiring and lively discussions.
In addition, two to three young group leaders from across Europe are invited to give an introduction into their current research in an one hour keynote lecture. This gives the participating students the opportunity to communicate with established scientists about science and career perspectives.
Besides the scientific program, on the second day’s afternoon usually an excursion to the closer surrounding of the conference site is scheduled. In case of good weather there are numerous hiking possibilities and a sledge route nearby, in the (unlikely) case of bad weather an alternative program will be offered. In the evenings after the keynote lecture there is still plenty of time to sit together and have a beer or a glass of wine in one of the cozy rooms of the castle.
The castle is located on the foothill in the Bavarian Alps overlooking famous Lake Tegernsee (Schloss Ringberg).
The retreat 2015 takes place from 2nd to 4th of February. If you don’t want to miss this excellent opportunity to train your presentation skills, learn more about research at the institute, and network with your fellow students and the invited speakers (M. Opitz, LMU Munich, A. Itzen, TUM, and A. Jenne, Blackfield AG), contact Kasia Seget.