International Max Planck Research School "Chemical Communication in Ecological Systems"

International Max Planck Research School "Chemical Communication in Ecological Systems"

We are an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) that is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI-CE) and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (FSU). The main focus of our school is the use of molecular, analytical and neurobiological techniques to explore chemical communication in nature. We study communication between plants, animals, microbes and their environment, as well as its ecology and evolution.

Admission to the school is possible either through the annual recruitment or a written application to the school committee. Each year, up to five IMPRS doctoral positions are awarded following a competitive, worldwide call for applications. Doctoral researchers participate in a 3-year structured program that includes lectures, practical courses, outreach activities, and an annual symposium. All courses are held in English. The doctoral degree is granted by the Friedrich Schiller University.

Our 2023 application call is now closed.

Upcoming IMPRS events

Nicole van Dam, Heiko Vogel

Molecular and chemical interaction ecology
Feb 19, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Mar 1, 2024 04:00 PM
Dornburger Str. 159, Institute of Ecology, Room: SR2 (aka “the room under the roof”)

Veit Grabe, Tobias Engl

IMPRS Microscopy Course
Feb 26, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Mar 1, 2024 01:00 PM
MPI-CE, Room: A1.041

Günter Theißen

Saltational evolution - a case study in Capsella
Feb 26, 2024 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-CE, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Dr. Simon Golin

Career strategies accompanying the doctorate building potential – tapping professional pathways
Mar 1, 2024
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Dorit Schmidt, Kirsten Heinrich

Good scientific practise
Mar 15, 2024 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Dr. Markus Knaden

Olfaction in the Anthropocene
Mar 18, 2024 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-CE, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

IMPRS Symposium

Apr 17, 2024
Dornburg Castle

Bartlett Warren-Kretzschmar

Academic writing
Apr 25, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Apr 26, 2024 04:00 PM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: TBA

Matthew Agler

TBA
Apr 29, 2024 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-CE, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Sarah O'Connor, Jonathan Gershenzon

Workshop in organic chemistry for non-chemists
May 21, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - May 27, 2024 05:00 PM
MPI-CE, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011
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