Further training and development opportunities

Further training and development opportunities

You can expand on the core program by participating in additional development opportunities. These include workshops and seminars on various topics but also journal club participation and event organization.

Researcher Support Team 
The Researcher Support Team organizes a number of internal training and development opportunities to choose from in these areas:

  • (advanced) scientific training
  • personal & professional skills training
  • career development

The program of workshops is regularly updated.

Planck Academy from the MPG
The Max Planck Society offers all employees Max Planck-wide, target-group-specific opportunities for further training and personal career development. Access is easy and user-friendly. Various learning, development and network formats are used, as are presence and online formats, coaching, mentoring and self-reflection tools. In the Planck Academy, presence formats are linked with virtual offerings, for example with e-learning modules, how-to videos or webinars.

Graduate Academy at the University of Tübingen
The Graduate Academy of the University is the central coordinating body for all support services related to general advising, professional and academic development for doctoral candidates. You can attend workshops and events offered by the Graduate Academy.


  • Tübingen Microbiome Supergroup: The Microbiome Super Group is a biweekly seminar series where groups from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biology and the University of Tübingen get together to discuss host-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, and the computational and statistical methods used in these fields.
  • Research in Action: Every other week on a Wednesday two junior researchers from selected groups at the Max Planck Institute, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory or the University of Tübingen will present their latest findings on from diverse areas of biology.

Conference attendance
We encourage our PhD students to attend (inter)national conferences as part of their PhD. Which conferences you might want to attend will be discussed as part of the development opportunities in your TAC meeting or you can also raise this in conversations with your advisor.

German Language Courses
German language training is not a program requirement, but most international PhD students find that some knowledge of the language enhances their stay in Tübingen. Subsidized German language courses are available at multiple levels. These courses take place in the evenings in small groups.

Journal club attendance
Students have the option of participating in one of the many subject-specific journal club groups connected with the school, or the interdisciplinary “From Molecules to Organisms” course, where students take turns to present recent papers from across the full scope of the school to their peer group. Papers are chosen to illustrate key developments and ground-breaking research with wide implications; sessions are supervised by faculty members who are experts in the respective research fields.


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