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In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. The overall research and teaching focuses on:

  • Improved understanding of biogeochemical processes with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems [more...]
  • Development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feedbacks in the earth system [more...]
  • Theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive earth system models [more...]


Overview course
(November 16-18, November 23-25 and December 14, 2016)
detailed information

(February 14-15, 2017)
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Grant Proposal Writing
(March 1-2, 2017)
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Rules for good scientific practice
(March 17, 2017)
>> extended info & registration

Academic Writing
(March 22-23, 2017)
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Career planning for scientists
(June 7, 2017)
>> Inform yourself & register

Reading clubs
BGC-Systems department
details (log in with BGC account) (takes place monthly)
BGC-Processes department
details (log in with BGC account)

BGC Writing Club
more information

External scientific events like conferences, workshops, summer/autumn/winter/spring schools


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We accept applications to the IMPRS-gBGC twice a year.

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