PIER Graduate Week 2017

9 - 12 October 2017, Hamburg, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science

Welcome to the PIER Graduate Week 2017!

The PIER Graduate Week is an interdisciplinary lecture and workshop week for young scientists. It 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. Stimulating lectures from both national and international experts are offered. Young scientists on Bahrenfeld campus have the opportunity to broaden their interdisciplinary understanding and interchange with their colleagues from other research fields.

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.

Poster Session at the PIER Graduate Week 2015 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. The novel lecture "Physics for Biologists" introduces especially biology students to the physics on campus.

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. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center Hamburg, who will talk about " From Skyrmions to Majoranas: Nanoscience Inspired by Particle Physics Theory".

Industry talk
On Tuesday, 10 October, Dr. Carsten Claussen, director of the Fraunhofer European ScreeningPort  and founder of Evotec Technologies, will give a talk about the big questions "Can you plan a career?",  "How to become happy?" and "Can you calculate your business success?". He is now director of the Fraunhofer European ScreeningPort, Hamburg's first Fraunhofer Institute.

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.

Celine Boehm (Durham), Karsten Büßer (Hamburg), Henry Chapman (Hamburg), Carsten Claussen (Hamburg), Florian Grüner (Hamburg), Rolf Haug (Hannover), Michael Hauschild (Hamburg), Jeroen Mesters (Lübeck), Nacho Pascual (San Sebastian), Michael Rübhausen (Hamburg), Roland Wiesendanger (Hamburg), Carsten Wrenger (Sao Paulo)

Local organising committee
Robert Blick (Nanosciences), Jochen Küpper (Photon Science), Jenny List (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), Susanne Schuster (coordinator of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School), Matthias Kreuzeder (DESY)

Contact: Susanne Schuster, Coordinator PIER Graduate Week 2016, susanne.schuster@desy.de