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Graduate Centre Life Sciences

Photo: Jan Woitas / Universität Leipzig

The Graduate Centre for Life Sciences consists of all doctoral programs that pursue interdisciplinary scientific research on the structure and behaviour of living organisms. At Leipzig University, research into the biological foundations of mental processes has a long tradition; research activities range from neuroanatomical investigations through the quantification of mental processes to the establishment of experimental psychology.

Within those doctoral programmes - named classes at the Research Academy - there exist numerous collaborations with different research institutes in Leipzig. Those cooperation partners are for instance the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI Cbs) , the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI Eva), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) as well as the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). The programmes’ fields of research cover a broad range of subjects by addressing issues that are often cross-linked among the single disciplines. Research is conducted on areas such as cognitive research, protein sciences, obesity research, neurosciences, evolutionary research or environmental and biodiversity research.

Currently, around 300 doctoral students are enrolled in programmes of the Graduate Centre for Life Sciences; roughly one third of those enrolled are international students. The discipline-specific training is conducted in the respective classes. The Graduate Centre also offers an overarching general programme that allows doctoral candidates to receive additional training beyond the structure of their classes (e.g. language courses and key skills training). The goal of this programme is to promote interdisciplinary exchange.

Classes of the Graduate Centre Life Sciences

Helmholtz Research School for Ecosystem Services under Changing Land-use and Climate

Helmholtz Research School for Ecosystem Services under Changing Land-use and Climate

The Helmholtz Research School for Ecosystem Services under Changing Land-use and Climate (ESCALATE) is funded by the Helmholtz Association, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, the University of Leipzig, the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg and the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA). An interdisciplinary group of scientists from these institutions have joined forces to provide training and to conduct research in the field of ecosystem services.


Homepage of the Helmholtz Research School ESCALATE

Integrated Research Training Group "Matrix Engineering"

Integrated Research Training Group "Matrix Engineering"

The Integrated Research Training Group "Matrix Engineering" targets doctoral researchers in natural sciences, biotechnology and materials sciences. At the transregional collaborative research centre TRR 67, scientists from different fields work with one another: chemists carry out syntheses, materials scientists realise the design of artificial extracellular matrices, biochemists and biophysicists, structural biologists, analysts and teams with medical interests apply new biomaterials.


Homepage of the Integrated Research Training Group "Matrix Engineering"

Integrated Research Training Group "Obesity Mechanisms"

Integrated Research Training Group "Obesity Mechanisms"

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) is an essential part of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1052. The task of the graduate program is to ensure the interdisciplinary qualification of all doctoral students employed with the CRC and all its associated members.


Homepage of the Integrated Research Training Group "Obesity Mechanisms"

International Max Planck Research School "Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity"

International Max Planck Research School "Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity"

The International Max Planck Research School "Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity" (IMPRS NeuroCom) is a PhD programme and offers its students an outstanding interdisciplinary three-year training programme with the aim of providing multidisciplinary training in the methodologies of both cognitive science and neuroscience. Faculty members from diverse backgrounds, e.g. neurobiologists, neuropsychologists, cognitive scientists, medical researchers, computer scientists, physicists to name but a few are involved in teaching and supervising doctoral researchers. Doctoral researchers completing the programme can communicate across these diverse disciplines, allowing them to embark on careers in neuroscience research, cognitive research and beyond.


Homepage of the IMPRS NeuroCom

International Max Planck Research School "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"

International Max Planck Research School "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"

The International Max Planck Research School "The Leipzig School of Human Origins" (IMPRS LSHO) is a unique PhD program that combines different disciplines to study the evolutionary history of humans and the great apes.

The IMPRS LSHO is based at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and at Leipzig University, both of which are located in Leipzig, Germany. The international PhD programme brings together doctoral researchers from various scientific backgrounds; programme participants select a research topic that falls within the scope of one specific discipline.


Homepage of the IMPRS "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"

MD/PhD-Programme of Leipzig University

MD/PhD-Programme of Leipzig University

The MD / PhD program at Leipzig University is designed to enable persons with a university degree in medicine, dentistry, biology, biochemistry, chemistry (specializing in medical chemistry / bio-organic / food chemistry) or pharmacy to pursue a project-oriented education and thus to increase their professional qualifications in research and teaching. The interdisciplinary curriculum consists of an individualized programme of courses and a research project that leads to a doctoral thesis in the natural sciences (PhD) or a biomedical doctoral thesis (MD).


Homepage of the MD/PhD-Programme of Leipzig University

Research Training School "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks"

Research Training School "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks"

The Research Training Group "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks" (IGRA) focuses on phonology, morphology, and syntax of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extra-linguistic factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the graduate programme to address this gap.


Homepage of the Research Training School "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks"

Young Biodiversity Research Training Group

Young Biodiversity Research Training Group

The Young Biodiversity Research Training Group yDiv is the graduate school of iDiv, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. The uniqueness of the yDiv training programme stems from the exchange between theoreticians and empiricists. The aim is to provide a bridge between different levels of biodiversity research, from theory to applied aspects of nature conservation. The approaches and methods are similarly diverse, varying from modelling to field experiments, and the objects of investigation vary from single organisms to manipulated communities and entire ecosystems.


Homepage of yDiv

 

 

Director

Prof. Dr. Annette G. Beck-Sickinger

Institute of Biochemistry

Brüderstraße 34, 04103 Leipzig

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Vice Director

Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig

Institute of Biology

Talstraße 33, 04103 Leipzig

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