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ZIBI Graduate School Berlin
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High quality education and cooperation in international teams

Training students to improve world health

Improve world health - begin your scientific career - come to Berlin!

The mission of the ZIBI Graduate School Berlin is to develop students into creative, responsible and self-confident young researchers.

We tailor the curriculum to the needs of each individual student. To this end, we offer a variety of courses, from which the students choose according to their needs and interests and which serve their scientific project and personal development as scientists. The curriculum includes parts with mandatory and elective modules. The official course language is English. Our system of credit points is aligned with the standards of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Doctoral students of the program meet on a monthly basis for a research seminar, where doctoral students present and discuss their respective projects to the group. Each student has a thesis committee which advises the PhD research project and supervises the professional and personal development of the student and progression of the research project. In a monthly paper-based seminar taught by faculty members current hot topics in science are discussed. In addition, the "Do and Don'ts" of scientific writing and publishing are explained and discussed.
An important part of the curriculum is the "Berlin Life Science Colloquium", a weekly forum to listen to internationally renowned scientists. We highly encourage our students to organize the colloquium and to invite guest speakers themselves. This is an excellent opportunity to establish and nourish long-standing contacts for their future careers.

The Berlin area with its abundance of universities and research institutes with a focus on infection biology and immunity is a wonderful place to interact with other world-renowned researchers in the field. The ZIBI Graduate School announces on its website the wide array of lectures and seminars in the related research topics offered in the region. Practical courses organized by our faculty or members of the research labs are aimed to introduce students to new techniques and scientific approaches. We also provide funding for students to attend practical courses provided by external institutions and encourage them to spend time at an international partner institute. Each student is encouraged to attend an international meeting at least twice to present a poster / talk. Travel grants are awarded by the ZIBI program.

In addition to research, a wide variety of transferable skill courses such as time management, disputation training, work-life balance and other specific training courses is offered. Our students are an active part of the scientific community, by inviting guest speakers, organizing meetings and colloquia as well as communicating their research to the public. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct lectures and courses themselves. Each year a retreat for all students and faculty members of our program is organized. Students present their work and discuss it with other students and faculty members. The retreat is also organized by students, enabling them to gain experience in event planning and organization.