The educational program of the IMPRS-gBGC consists of courses related to global biogeochemical cycles, transferable skill courses, outreach activities and other scientific activities. Doctoral researchers must attend the mandatory overview course, two of four core courses, as well as skill and elective courses that are special to the IMPRS-gBGC member’s interests in the section 'Courses related to global biogeochemical cycles'. The elective course(s) may include offerings such as special summer research schools or offerings at outside Universities and must be approved by the PhD advisory committee. Transferable courses are offered inside and outside the IMPRS-gBGC. According to the ECTS minimum 1 credit point (CP) has to be achieved in transferable skill courses. The course 'Rules of good scientific practice' is mandatory for doctoral researchers of the IMPRS-gBGC. Credited outreach activities are presentations at international conferences, publications in an international peer-reviewed journal and public outreach. In addition, doctoral researchers will be required to make a three month foreign research visit (other scientific activity).
Interactive world map which give the countries where PhD researchers spend their three month research visit, as of November 2018
In the course of the three-year doctoral program, a minimum of 20 CP has to be achieved. Doctoral researchers are asked to list their activities using the template.
All courses offered and organized by the IMPRS-gBGC are listed in the table below.
Detailed information on upcoming courses are announced on the home page and by email.
See here for an overview and further information of past courses (as of June 2016).
Further scientific and non-scientific exchange opportunities are listed here.
+++Biogeochem. Cycles in the Earth System - an overview+++
Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System
by: Martin Heimann, Susan Trumbore, Markus Reichstein
dates: Nov/Dec 2018; Nov/Dec 2017; Nov/Dec 2016; Nov 2015; Jun 2014; Feb 2013; Feb 2012; Dec 2010
+++ Core course +++
Atmosphere, Oceans and Land
dates: Winter 2020; Feb-Mar 2018; Feb-Mar 2016; Jan 2014; May 2011
dates: Spring 2020; Aug-Sep 2017; May 2015; July 2013
Soil, soil biology and soil hydrology
dates: May 2019; May 2017; Mar 2015; July 2013; May 2011
dates: Nov/Dec 2018; Aug 2018; Oct 2014; Mar 2012
+++ Skill courses +++
Applied statistics and data analysis - Part 1
dates: spring 2020; Sep 2017; Sep 2015; Oct 2013; Mar 2011
Applied statistics and data analysis - Part 2
Miguel Mahecha, Reik Donner, Martin Jung, Fabian Gans, Markus Reichstein
dates: spring 2020; Jan 2018; Sep 2016; Nov 2013; Mar 2011
several faculty members and colleagues
dates: fall 2020; Sep-Oct 2016; Apr 2013
Earth Observation techniques
dates: on demand; Sep 2018; Oct 2014; Feb 2011
Modelling & numerical techniques
Carlos Sierra, Axel Kleidon
dates: Nov 2018; Autumn 2015; Autumn 2013
R - The basics
Guido Kraemer, Fabian Gans, Sven Boese, ...
dates: Feb 2019; Apr 2018; Apr 2017; May 2016; Mar 2015; Oct 2014; Oct 2013; Apr 2012
R - Advanced modules
Thomas Wutzler, Fabian Gans, ...
dates: on demand; Jun 2018; Spring 2015; Spring 2012
Jacob Nelson, Sujan Koirala
dates: Nov 2018; Mar 2017; Spring 2016
Andreas Freytag, Leo Wangler, Michael Hüttner
dates: Nov 2011
Nitrogen in the Earth System
James Galloway, Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Sönke Zaehle, ...
dates: Feb 2013
Susan Trumbore, Carlos Sierra
dates: Sep 2017; July 2012; Nov 2011
+++ Transferable skill course +++
dates: Mar 2019; Mar 2018; Mar 2017; Oct 2016; Oct 2015; Jun 2014; Nov 2013; Apr 2013; Oct 2012
dates: Nov 2019; Dec 2018; Dec 2017; Dec 2016; Dec 2015; Nov 2014; Nov 2013
dates: 2020; Oct 2017; May 2013; May 2012; Nov 2011
dates: on demand; Sep 2014
Self- and Time Management, How to Finish your PhD or the Dark Side of Science
dates: Dec 2019; Oct 2018; Apr 2018; Sep 2016; Apr 2014; Nov 2012; Feb 2012
Grant Proposal Writing
dates: spring 2020; Sep 2018; Mar 2017; Mar 2016; Dec 2012
Rules of Good Scientific Practice
dates: Jan 2019; Jan 2018; Mar 2017; Feb 2016; Mar 2015; Jan 2014; Apr 2011
Leadership and management skills
dates: 2020; Nov 2017; Feb 2015
dates: 2020; Nov 2018; Sep 2016
Communication skills or Conflict Management
dates: Sep 2019; May 2016; Jan 2016
PR & media workshop
dates: June 2019; May 2017; Jan 2016; 2019
Career planning workshop
dates: May 2019; May 2018; Jun 2017; Nov 2016; Nov 2015