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Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)
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Jena School for Microbial Communication

Graduate School

Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)

The JSMC is an umbrella organisation of three graduate research training groups: an International Leibniz Research School (ILRS), an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and a DFG research training group at the University of Jena. In addition, the Graduate School of Excellence "JSMC" currently awards 40 fellowships to outstanding young scientists for doctorate projects at university and non-university research institutes in Jena. Networking university and extramural research and bringing together scientists working on all aspects of the subject of "microbial communication" across disciplines.

When Xinran Liu arrived at the School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) in Jena to start her doctorate, it was her first trip to Europe. Of course she was nervous: Would things with the flat in Jena work out? What would the city be like? Would she able to communicate with people?

But the scientist's worries quickly disappeared when she realised that everything was perfectly organised: the management of the graduate school had arranged a flat for her in the university's guest house and taken care of the bureaucratic hurdles, conversation in English was a matter of course, and the city of Jena immediately appealed to the young woman from China: "Life is peaceful and people are helpful", says the 26-year-old, "When I saw the mountains all around the city and the beautiful river, I immediately felt at home."

Xinran Liu is one of 40 JSMC fellowship holders. The scientist from China won out against hundreds of competitors in a multi-stage recruitment process. Liu chose to complete her doctorate in Germany because this is where she sees the best conditions for her scientific career: "Germany is top of the league when it comes to science, and here at JSMC I receive first-class training", explains the hydrologist.