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.

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

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.

Cologne Spring Meeting 2013

Cologne Spring Meeting 2013, February 27th - March 1st.

Opens external link in new windowNeural circuits:development, function and degeneration

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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10th Anniversary of the NRW Graduate Schools: 2001-2011

November 18th, 2011, Dortmund

The 10th anniversary NRW Graduate Schools celebration is obligatory for all IGSDHD students. The IGS office organizes transport.

Click for the program

First Rotation Report

November 10th, 2011

Students of class 2011 present the first rotation report.  It will take place already on Thursday, November 10 due to the beginning of carnival on Friday, the 11th November. 

Start: 16:00

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

Click for program

Time limit for a rotation report presentations is 7 minutes, after which there are few minutes for questions.


GSfBS PhD Day & Biology Summer Party: 14-15 July 2011

Deadline for abstract submission: 10 May 2011

For information about who can submit the abstract and the organization of the PhD day please contact Dr. Isabell Witt isabell.witt/at/


Further info: GSfBS webpage

The GSfBS PhD day on July 14/15 offers the only opportunity to communicate and network with all PhD students in the GSfBS and to win prizes for the best talk, best posters and best papers, which are all measures suitable to spice up your CV.

It doesn't matter whether the thesis work has just started or was already defended recently. 

Please submit your abstracts by the May 10. 

As a reminder please note the following rules:
Please design your abstract as if you were going to an International conference. Abstract lengths is limited to 2100 characters (including space, title, authors and institutions).

Eligible for abstract submission are:
1. All current GSfBS students including the ones who defended after July 2010.

2. The ones who defended before July 2010 are called GSfBS Alumni and can send abstracts as Alumni (if they have made significant independent steps in their scientific career they are be eligible for an Alumni talk) 

3. All students from the specified sub-programmes aiming to receive a Dr.rer.nat. or a (IMPRS, IPMM, Pharmacology-GS, IGSDHD, CECAD-GS, SFB-RTGs)

Please send only the final PDF version (sanctioned by supervisor) to isabell.witt(at)

Please state when your thesis work started.

Cologne Spring Meeting 2011: 9 - 11 March 2011, Cologne, Germany:

Free admission, no registration required!


Genome, Cancer & Ageing: 4 - 5 February 2011, Monaco:

Personalized Cancer Medicine: 21-23 February 2011, Biopolis, Singapore

Career Fairs

MIT European Career Fair 2011: 22-24 January 2011, Cambridge, MA, USA:

MEET US THERE! - the IGSDHD will be a part of the German Cluster


Nature Jobs Career Expo, 9 May 2011, Heidelberg, Germany

Come to talk to us and  bring us your application! Exceptional one day in May, still open for late applications!

Make sure you bring a complete one, including: 

  1. filled out application form
  2. CV / resume 
  3. transcripts of records - in English or German
  4. copies of B.Sc. and/ or M.Sc. certificates - in English or German



IGSDHD on TOUR to Armenia

Individual consultation in Erivan, Armenia

Date: 21st March, 2011, at 3 pm

Place: DAAD-IC Office in Erivan

DAAD-IC Office
Baghramian St. 50
0019 Erivan, Armenia

PhD opportunities at the International Graduate School in Development Health and Disease, University of Cologne

Date: 24th of March, 2011, at 6:30 pm

Place: Erivan, Armenia

Further information:

Presentation-Workshop: Getting your PhD in Cologne

Date:  10th March, 2011, 2:15 pm

Place: Auditorium 215, Biology Department, Glushkova str. 2/12, Kiev

Speaker: Dr. Nelli Vardanyan

Dr.rer.nat. Vardanyan graduated her PhD in 2009. From 2004 to 2008 she was a fellow of the Intl. Graduate School in Genetics and Functional Genomics, one of the North Rhine Westphalia research schools funded in 2001 by the NRW government. 

Originally from Armenia, she speaks Russian, German and English fluently. 

In her presentation she will talk about application requirements, graduate program and life in Cologne. She will share with you her own experiences from the time of her PhD studies in Cologne. 

After the talk she will be happy to give you advise as to the application and eligibility. She will collect application from all interested students - make sure to bring COMPLETE application including:

  • filled out application form 
  • CV / resume (photo not needed)
  • transcripts of records 
  • copies of B.Sc. and/ or M.Sc. certificates 

Exceptionally, also not translated transcripts and certificates will be accepted. However, those students who will be shortlisted for an interview on the basis of the documents handed out to Dr. Vardanyan will be obliged to submit officially translated and certified copies at the later time.

Individual consultation at the DAAD Office

Date: 11th March, 2011, at 2 pm individual consultation for interested students

Place: DAAD-IC Office in Kiev.

Pr. Peremohy 37 (NTUU "KPI")
Korp. 6, R. 31
03056 Kiev, Ukraine