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PhD student representatives

The internal PhD student representatives - alongside the external representative - are the elected voice of the PhD students.

The internal PhD student representatives help to improve the working and studying conditions within the programs and serve as a direct link between between the student body and the MPI directors and administration.
To enhance the student experience in and outside the lab the PhD  student representatives:

  • gather and represent students’ opinions about their program and experience,
  • meet quarterly with the director leading the PhD programs,
  • meet regularly with members of the Researcher Support Team,
  • support the organization of the PhD student Retreat,
  • organize social events throughout the year and
  • organize the PhD student representative elections.

Since 2016 an external PhD student representative is elected annually to represent our PhD Students at the PhDnet, the network of all PhD candidates and PhD student representatives of the Max Planck Society. While the internal PhD student representatives take care of the communication between PhD students and other organs within their institutes, the external PhD student representatives are responsible for the communication to the other PhDnet and Max-Planck Society organs.


Former External PhD student representatives

  • 2021-2022: Alejandra Duque
  • 2020-2021: Minakshi Singh
  • 2019 - 2020: Felix Räsch
  • 2018 - 2019: Tess Renahan
  • 2017 - 2018: Alex Dulovic
  • 2016 - 2017: Aoife Hanet

Former Internal PhD student representatives

  • 2021-2022: Marco Podobnik, Hadeer Elhabashy, Michael Bell
  • 2020-2021: Saskia Funk, Joe Joiner, Anasuya Moitra, Liam Fitzstevens, Marco Podobnik
  • 2019-2020: Minakshi Singh, Devansh Raj Sharma, Liam Fitzstevens
  • 2018 - 2019: Alexandros Mesaris, Alba Gonzalez Hernando and Thanvi Srikant
  • 2017 - 2018: Ramona Weber, Michael Orlich, Tess Renahan and Marina Ortega-Perez
  • 2016 - 2017: Michael Orlich, Maria Fernández Fernández and Alex Dulovic
  • 2015 - 2017: Aoife Hanet, Ioanna Karamichali and Dhananjay Tate
  • 2015 - 2016: Aoife Hanet, Ivana Akrap, Alexander Blässle and Anja Holz
  • 2014 - 2015: Paola de Magistris, Melanie Dietrich, Jan Meyer and Danelle Seymour
  • 2013 - 2014: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Ulrich Hohmann and Patricia Lang
  • 2012 - 2013: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Ole Herud, Julia Kamenz, Csaba Veraszto, Taylor Kessinger
  • 2011 - 2012: Kaspar Feldmeier, Prateek Mahalwar, Anna-Lena Schinke, Simon Perathoner, Allana Schooley, André Kahles
  • 2010 - 2011: Anna-Lena Schinke, Simon Perathoner, Allana Schooley, André Kahles
  • 2009 - 2010: Evelyn Sauer, Sören Alsheimer, Regina Bohnert, Stephanie Heinrich
  • 2007 - 2009: Benjamin Schlager, Sören Alsheimer
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