The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) have been established in 2000 to promote talented doctoral students from foreign countries and Germany. The IMPRS at our institute has been started in 2006 and is called “IMPRS for Infectious Diseases and Immunology” (IMPRS-IDI).
Together with the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 2046 „Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models to Natural Systems“ and the Leibniz Graduate School of Rheumatology we form the ZIBI Graduate School Berlin. Our Graduate School offers outstanding scientific training leading to a doctoral degree. The participating faculty forms a broad network with research groups affiliated to well-known institutes such as the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the Robert Koch Institute, the German Rheumatism Research Center as well as at institutes of the Humboldt University to Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, the Charité – University Medicine Berlin and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
Our mission is to develop students into creative, responsible and self-confident young researchers. We do this by encouraging our doctoral students to create their own “tailor-made” program from a wide range of offered lectures, seminars and courses. All students meet regularly to present and discuss their projects. We also encourage our students to teach, to invite international guest speakers and to communicate their science to the public. In our career development seminars we provide numerous opportunities to receive information about potential working areas and to establish network contacts with possible future employers. In addition, we offer to our doctoral students many soft skill seminars to acquire and further develop important skills to complement their scientific training with other skills that may be important for their future jobs.
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