Past Events


We were delighted to welcome IMPRS-LS students on our annual IMPRS-LS retreat, which this year took place on 25th – 27th September in beautiful Allgäu, in Haus Zauberberg. Deciding to take advantage of the fantastic weather on our arrival, we enjoyed a short hike (with only a small accidental detour) to the nearby ruins of the castles Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg. On our return, we were greeted with a delicious and traditional Bavarian dinner. Following dinner, students were able to relax and enjoy the facilities Haus Zauberberg had to offer.

Our retreat this year was centered on the theme of “Methods and Cutting Edge Technologies”. On Monday, we were very happy to be able to welcome various speakers from the institute and from the LMU who spoke in detail about their area of expertise with a small group of students. Former IMPRS-LS student Arunas Damijonaitis and current IMPRS-LS student Hakan Kucukdereli discussed “Optogenetics and Photopharmacology” in their session. Sebastian Bultmann and Christopher Mulholland from the LMU explored the topic of “CRISPR/Cas”. IMPRS-LS faculty member Franz Herzog and his student Victor Solis discussed “Chemical Crosslinking and Mass Spectrometry in Structural Biology”. Alex Ghanem from the LMU covered the topic of “Viral Tracing”. IMPRS-LS faculty member Jürgen Cox discussed “Computational proteomics” and last but not least, Julia Mahamid and Antje Aufderheide from the MPIB presented their topic on “Cellular Cryo-Electron Tomography and Single-Particle Cryo-EM”. We are very grateful to the speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their insights into their particular topics.

After an intense day of discussion about diverse scientific topics, we were pleased to be able to relax and socialize together on Monday evening. Students happily organized various activities, including board games, card games and even an impromptu “night hike”! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a lot better, especially for the IMPRS students who have only recently joined the program.

On Tuesday we enjoyed a trip to “Schloss Neuschwanstein”, the beautiful castle built by the eccentric King Ludwig II in the latter half of the 19th century. After taking in the stunning views from the nearby “Marienbrücke”, our retreat concluded with a tour through the castle. We arrived back at the institute late on Tuesday afternoon, everyone much more familiar with their colleagues than they were when we left on Sunday.


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IMPRS-LS Retreat 2016
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On September 22nd, 2016 the school celebrated its first graduation day ever. It was a very exiting day and wonderful to see and honour this year's graduating students, their families and friends.

Initiated and largely organized by our student representatives and by many helpers, the day was a great success and everybody had a wonderful time. After the formal graduation ceremony and a reception, graduates, family members and close friends were headed to the campus based restaurant "seven and more" for dinner.

Later in the evening, students of the school and invited guests gatherd at the MPI for graduation party to close the day with good music, dancing, interesting drinks and lots of food for those that couldn't make it for dinner. I am already looking forward to next year's graduation day, that is planned to take place in September 2017.

Program Graduation Ceremony


Collage of pictures taken during graduation day.


IMPRS-LS Graduation Day 2016
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