PhD Association

PhD Association

Currently, about 150 graduate students – coming from all over the world – are working at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. The PhD Association is a network of these PhDs and promotes the interests of all its students. It was founded in 2001 and organizes many activities throughout the year. The PhD association works closely together with the IMPRS and the PostDoc association.

To broaden our scientific horizon, we organize each year a Seminar Series to which we invite leading scientists from all over the world.

In order to prepare ourselves for our “life after the PhD”, either in- or outside of the scientific community, we also regularly invite companies and institutes from different working areas. As part of the Careers for PhDs we to tell us about their field of work and the opportunities for us.

To broaden our professional and social competence, we furthermore offer different Soft Skill Workshops. The MPIB provides us with an annual budget to invite coaches and organize trainings specifically to our needs

To facilitate interaction among the students of the different departments we organize a yearly PhD Retreat at the Ringberg Castle and quarterly Get Together Parties.

We are also part of the PhDnet, the PhD association for all PhD students within the Max Planck Society. Each year we elect an external PhD representative who attends the annual PhDnet General Meeting representing the MPIB and electing the PhDnet Steering Group.


Graduate Committee




External Representative Sofia Todesca 3632
Internal Representatives Maximilian Garhammer 2240
  Maria Wahle 2534
Distinguished Lecture Series Sven Klumpe 2651
  Lukas Langer 3631
Graduate Retreat Sven Klumpe 2651
Get Togethers    
Department | Research Group Departmental Spokespeople  
Baumeister Jonathan Schneider 2034
Conti Julian Brötzmann 3680
Cox Pely Kyriakidou 2408
Duderstadt Anna Sappler 3058
Fässler Andrea Seiwert 2114
Hartl & Hayer-Hartl Maximilian Garhammer 2240
Heuer-Jungemann Lea Wassermann 2095
Müller Elena Karlukova 3114
Murray Leonie Zeitler 2453
Plitzko Sven Klumpe 2651
Schulman Laura Hehl 2409
Tachibana Nikita Rifel  
Zachariae Magdalena Matijevic 3122


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