Shaping Cells and Organisms

IGSDHD Funding ended in September 2014 and was celebrated with a great scientific meeting.

Crossroads in Biology 2014

It is our pleasure to invite you to the first CEWIS International Symposium in Cologne, to be held on

Thursday, July 18th and Friday, July 19th 2013.

The mission of CEWIS is to spotlight extraordinary women in biological sciences. CEWIS also aims to demonstrate how exciting and rewarding a career in biological sciences can be and to encourage young researchers to pursue such a career for themselves.

We are proud to announce that the Symposium will feature talks by outstanding female scientists from all over the world, including Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Nobel Prize 1995) and Ulla Bonas (Leibniz Prize 2011).

In addition, we encourage both male and female graduate students and junior post docs, to present their own work.  Presentations may be made orally, by poster or by a combination of the two and there will be prizes for the best. Please could anyone wishing to present send an abstract to us by 15th of June, 2013.

Registration is free of charge at our website ( where further information and guidelines for participation can be found.  News of the upcoming event will also be posted there.

Young Scientist Award 2012

On November 19th the Young Scientist Award ceremony took part in North-Rhine-Westphalia's Academy of Sciences in Düsseldorf. Kavya Bakka is the awardee of the IGSDHD.

10th Anniversary celebration of NRW International Graduate Schools 2001 - 2011

from left: Dr. Jens-Peter Kempges, Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Dorothee Dzwonnek, Prof. Dr. Holger Wormer, Svenja Schulze, Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin

NRW Innovation, Science and Research Minister, Svenja Schulze celebrated with six NRW International Graduate Schools their 10th Anniversary. Ms Schulze discussed the future of the PhD in Germany with representatives of the International NRW Gradaute Schools and the secretary general of the DFG, Dorothee Dzwonnek.
The NRW Graduate Schools were initiated by the state government of Northrhine Westphalia to generate a novel culture in doctoral education by structured programmes and offering competitive stipends. For their 10th anniversary, the Graduate Schools had organized a panel discussion on the Future of Doctoral Education in Germany. The panel roster consisted of Svenja Schulze (Minister for Innovation, Science and Research), Dorothee Dzwonnek (General Secretary of the German Science Foundation, DFG), Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin (University of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan (University of Bochum) and Dr. Jens-Peter Kempkes (Alumnus Member of the Graduate School in Paderborn). The discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Holger Wormer, Science Journalist at the University of Dortmund.

Alumni Day

Opens external link in new windowAlumni-day programme for

Thursday July 12, 2 – 8 pm and Friday July 13, 9 – 4:00 pm, 2012. Biocenter, Zülpicher Str. 47b, lecture hall 0.024 ground level

including author workshop about how to publish a world class paper by ELSEVIER

Crossroads in Biology 2012

February 9th-10th, 2012

4th international symposium organized by the Cologne's PhD students

More info and program

Crossroads in Biology 2012 Poster

IGSDHD Minisymposium

December 14th, 2011

Project proposal presentations for the class 2010 and the second rotation report for the class 2011.

Start: 13:00

Place: Lecture hall ground floor, Institute for Genetics, room 0.40

The time limit for a project proposal presentation is 13 minutes with up to 5 minutes for questions. 

Young Scientist Award

November 28th, 2011, Düsseldorf: Akademie der Wissenschaften

The IGS office organizes transport.

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