The Graduate School for Biological Sciences

Past events

  • Symposium, Shaping cells and organisms

September 25 and 26

Organizers: Anna Köhler, Ann-Katrin Claudius, Derk Pannen, Eva Tsaousidou, Isabell Witt, Lisa Vogelsang

Special thanks to Kathy Jörgens and Laura Janis Schorn

Volunteers: Maria Schnödt, Kanimozhi Ramakrishnan, Juliane Mundorf, Julia Eckhoff, Christian Pichlo, Vishal Hegde, Hemal Bhasin.




  • Summer School in Neural circuit analysis

June 22 - 29, 2014






  • Symposium on July 18 and 19, 2013



  • Alumniday on July 12 and 13, 2012

alumnidayProgramme/time plan of the alumni day

fsdöfksperpElsevier author workshop



The crossroads meeting was with 400 attendees and a dense supreme programme, extremely successful. Participants came from the region but also from as far as the Ukraine. All talks had a very nice introductory part so that the broad fields of interest could be brought to the audience and elicit many students' questions for a lively discussion.The number of posters was overwhelming and poster prizes were won by Daniela Frances, Franziska Ottens and Julia Camps.

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 North Rhine 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.

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

More pictures can be seen here
The program of the event is available here
Press release of the TU Dortmund


Graduate Training in Cologne
Experience extending over many years is one of the major resources for an excellent graduate training in Biological Sciences. Aiming at the coordination and strengthening of existing structures, the “Graduate School for Biological Sciences” also benefits from an increasing number of new international graduate programmes.


Research in Biosciences
High quality in research and in graduate training depend on one another as well as they further foster excellence in both. An increasing number of more than five specified graduate programmes, five Collaborative Research Centres, three central facilities and several internationally recognised research groups reflect the value of research in biological sciences in Cologne. Also see Research Highlights

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