PIER Graduate Week 2016

10 -13 October 2016, Hamburg, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science

Welcome to the PIER Graduate Week 2016, an interdisciplinary lecture and workshop week for PhD students. The PIER Graduate Week offers a wide range of introductory and focus courses in the PIER research fields of Particle & Astroparticle Physics, Nanoscience, Photon Science, Infection & Structural Biology. It aims at PhD students, MSc students, postdoctoral researchers and other interested scientists.

The graduate week's main objective is to introduce PhD students to neighbouring research fields, and to offer stimulating specialists' lectures from both national and international experts, thereby broadening the interdisciplinary understanding and exchange among young scientists on Bahrenfeld campus. A scientific colloquium, an industry lecture and a number of research and career skills workshops complement the programme. During the graduate week, joint coffee breaks, lunches and get-togethers provide great opportunities for informal discussions, exchange of ideas, socialising and fun.

Some impressions from last year's graduate week. Photograph: Marta Mayer, DESY

Introductory and focus courses
Each course is a consecutive four-day series of mini lectures. The introductory courses are designed for doctoral candidates who would like to learn more about a related research field, while the focus courses are for those interested in in-depth sessions in their own area of expertise.

Scientific colloquium
The scientific colloquium is a talk given by a high profile speaker, who provides an overview of one of the research areas within the PIER research fields. This year, we have invited Prof. Dieter Luest, Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, who will talk about "Quantum Aspects of Black Holes".

Industry talk
On Tuesday, 11 October, Dr. Sven Klussmann, Chief Scientific Officer of NOXXON Pharma AG, Berlin, will give a talk about his inspiring career from PhD student to successful science start-up founder and co-owner of a well-established stock corporation. NOXXON Pharma is a biotechnology company focusing on cancer treatment. 

Research and career skills workshops
These complementary workshops combine short lectures with practical exercises and homework. Please note: The places for the workshops are limited.

Gleb Arutyunov (Hamburg), Tobias Brandes (Berlin), Andrew Cleland (Chicago), Monika Fleischer (Tübingen), Niek van Hulst (Barcelona), Sven Klussmann (Berlin), Peter Kolb (Marburg), Jochen Küpper (Hamburg), Dieter Lüst (Munich), Henning Moritz (Hamburg), Angel Rubio (Hamburg), Kazuki Sakurai (Durham, UK), Henning Tidow (Hamburg), Sebastian Trippel (Hamburg), Karel Vyborny (Prague), Gerhard Wolber (Berlin)

Local organising committee
Robert Blick (Nanosciences), Jochen Küpper (Photon Science), Jan Louis (Particle and Astroparticle Physics), Markus Perbandt (Infection and Structural Biology), Robin Santra (speaker of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School), Mirko Siemssen (coordinator of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School), Matthias Kreuzeder (DESY)

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Contact: Mirko Siemssen, Coordinator PIER Graduate Week 2016, mirko.siemssen@pier-hamburg.de