IMPRS annual meeting and MPL autumn academy 2020

Our 11th IMPRS Annual Meeting will take place from October 21st to 23rd, 2020 as a virtual event.

This year's programme includes talks by IMPRS students, poster sessions, block lectures by Birgit Stiller, Hanieh Fatahi, Pascal Del'Haye and Ben Fabry as well as talks by invited speakers David Miller (Stanford University), Sergio Leon-Saval (Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory) and  Philipp Slusallek (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), and IMPRS Alumnus Dr. Federico Belli.

Due to circumstances the Autumn Academy had to be cancelled.

Soft Skill Course: Job applications in & outside academia: Understanding standards – developing a personal approach

Career counsellor Jacqueline von Saldern from Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement, Berlin, will coach this workshop on June 9th and 10th, 2020. The course aims at improving students' awareness for opportunities within and beyond science and at helping them navigate the pitfalls of the application process.

10th IMPRS Annual Meeting & 6th Autumn Academy

The joint Annual Meeting and Autumn Academy 2019, took place between October 7th and 11th. 45 students, supervisors and external speakers all met in Kühnhofen near Hersbruck for a week of learning, exchanging ideas and socializing. Students presented their work during talks and attended block lectures tailored to their needs. Of particular interest were invited talks by renowned international scientists Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer, Prof. Cornelia Denz, Prof. Thierry Grosjean and Prof. Irina Kabakova and the poster sessions, which sparked animated conversations until late at night. Marc-Oliver Pleinert won an award for best poster; Victor Distler and Cameron Okoth won awards for best student talks. Undisputed highlight was the discussion round organized by the student speaker in which students seized the opportunity to ask questions on a variety of topics to the invited panelists who moved from table to table creating a very personal and engaging atmosphere. The week ended with a presentation by invited IMPRS-PL Alumni Dr. Christian Schaller and lab tours at MPL.

IMPRS course: Blender training

Organized by our student spokesperson Sona, we had a 2-day Blender Course from April 25th to 26th. The trainer Gottfried Hofmann did a very good job in showing how to use this interesting program to create 3D worlds and even animate them.

Christmas get-together

Pictures from the Christmas get-together of IMPRS students on December 17th,

including Punsch, Lebkuchen & Erlanger Weihnachtsmarkt.


We wish all IMPRS students, alumni, family and friends

Merry Christmas

and a happy New Year 2019!

9th IMPRS Annual Meeting & 5th MPL Autumn Academy

We were teaming up with the successful MPL Autumn Academy series and jointly held our 9th IMPRS-PL Annual Meeting in Gößweinstein, Germany from October 9th to 12th, 2018. Talks from IMPRS students, poster sessions, lab tours at MPL, block lectures by Andreas Maier (FAU) and Florian Marquardt (MPL) and invited talks by Kerry Vahala (Caltech, USA), Lorenzo Marrucci (Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy), Dorothea Samtleben (University Leiden, The Netherlands) and Nicolas Treps (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France) covered intriguing research areas. Evening discussions and jointly spent coffee breaks stimulated a lot of fruitful scientific exchange between the master students of the 5th MPL Autumn Academy, the IMPRS students and the invited professors.

Mallika Suresh received the best poster award whereas Golnoush Shafiee won the award for the best student talk. Sona Davtyan was elected as student spokesperson for the upcoming year.

Soft skill course about "Project Management"

Once or twice a year, IMPRS-PL organizes soft skills courses. In 2018, Rüdiger Herbst (ChallengeLearning) gave a two-day course on "project management".

In previous years we have been taught by Justin Mullins and Mark Buchanan ( how to write scientific papers and documents and Dr Dennis Fink (Mediomix) discussed with us the different career options for post-docs in his seminar about “Career building for scientists”.

8th IMPRS Annual Meeting

The 2017 IMPRS Annual Meeting meeting was held in Gößweinstein from September 25th to 28th, 2017. Invited talks and block-lectures were given by Antoine Kouchner (Paris Diderot University), Christoph Lienau (University of Oldenburg), Allard Mosk (Utrecht University), Isabelle Staude (FSU Jena), Stephan Götzinger (MPL Erlangen) and Joachim von Zanthier (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg). Golnoush Shafiee was elected as the Student Spokesperson 2017/2018. Cameron Okoth and Golnoush Shafiee received the best poster award and best talk award respectively.

Soft Skill Course in 2017

In 2017, Justin Mullins and Mark Buchanan ( taught us how to write scientific papers and documents in a 2-day seminar.


7th IMPRS Annual Meeting

The 7th IMPRS Physics of Light annual meeting was held on September 26 -29, 2016 in Behringersmühle, Gößweinstein. The 4-day programme included four invited talks, two block lectures, student talks, a panel discussion, posters presentation and get-together. It was our pleasure to have Pierre Berini (University of Ottawa), Sonja Franke-Arnold (University of Glasgow), Romain Quidant (ICFO, Barcelona) and Tomas Cizmar (University of Dundee) as our invited speakers. Block lectures were delivered by Philip Russell and Norbert Lindlein. Sivaraman Subramanian (Vollmer Research Group) took the Best Student Talk Award while Golnoush Shafiee (Quantum Information Processing) and Veronika Ludwig (FAU) both received the Best Poster Awards.

IMPRS Symposium for the Science of Light

From April 24th-26th 2016, MPL hosted a two-day symposium organised by students in the two International Max Planck Research Schools in Erlangen (IMPRS-Physics of Light) and Munich (IMPRS-Advanced Photonic Science), as well as the Max Planck/University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. Around 90 Masters and PhD students attended lectures by leading experts in many different fields of optics and photonics.

Soft skill course in 2016

Once or twice a year, IMPRS-PL organizes soft skills courses. In 2016, Dr Dennis Fink (from Mediomix) gave a full-day course on “Career building for scientists”, in which he discussed the different career options for post-docs.

In 2017, Justin Mullins and Mark Buchanan ( taught us how to write scientific papers and documents in a 2-day seminar.


6th IMPRS Annual Meeting

The sixth annual meeting of the IMPRS Physics of Light took place in Gößweinstein from October 5-8, 2015. Invited lectures were given by Anne Sentenac (L’Institut Fresnel), Jean-Michel Gérard (Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogeny, CEA), Mikael Käll (Chalmers University of Technology) and Albert Stolow (University of Ottawa). The programme also included two block lectures by Peter Hommelhoff (FAU) and Christoph Marquardt (MPL) as well as student talks, poster presentations and a panel discussion. Ankan Bag (Optics & Information) was awarded the prize for the best student talk and Ramin Beravat (Photonic Crystal Fibre Science) received the best poster award.


5th IMPRS Annual Meeting

The fifth Annual Meeting of IMPRS Physics of Light took place in Egloffstein September 22-25, 2014. Invited lectures were given by Prof. Monika Ritsch-Marte (Medical University of Innsbruck), Prof. Michael Downer (University of Texas), Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer (University of Vienna) and Kobus Kuipers (FOM Institute AMOLF). The programme also included block lectures by MPL's Prof. Stephan Götzinger and Frank Vollmer, as well as talks and poster presentations by the IMPRS students. The best talk award went to Georg Epple, and Roland Lauter received the prize for the best poster.


4th IMPRS Annual Meeting

The fourth Annual Meeting of the Erlangen IMPRS took place in Gößweinstein 16-19 September 2013. Invited lectures were given by Arno Rauschenbeutel (TU Wien), Allard Mosk (University of Twente), Alexander Rohrbach (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and Oskar Painter (MPL). The program also included block lectures by IMPRS advisors Ulf Peschel and Maria Chekhova, as well as great talks and poster presentations by the IMPRS students. Best talk awards went to Michael Schmidberger and Robert Buschlinger, and Roland Lauter received this year’s poster prize.


3rd IMPRS Annual Meeting

The third IMPRS Annual Meeting took place 17-20 September 2012 in Schnaittach-Osternohe, a small town deep in the countryside some 30 km east of Erlangen. We had a great line-up of invited speakers: Paul Corkum from the University of Ottawa, Claude Fabre from the Ecole National Supérieure in Paris, Jeremy Baumberg from the University of Cambridge and Andreas Tünnermann from the Fraunhofer Institute (IOF) in Jena. At the end of the meeting Oliver Schmidt received the award for the best student talk and poster prize was given to Sarah Unterkofler.


2nd IMPRS Annual Meeting

The second IMPRS Annual Meeting was held 26-31 September 2011 at the Welcome Hotel in Bamberg. Invited lecturers included Miles Padgett (Glasgow University), Daniel Rückert (Imperial College), Eberhard Riedle (LMU, Munich), and Femius Koenderink (AMOLF, Amsterdam). Students and advisors took part in an extended poster session, a panel discussion and evening strolls in Bamberg's beautiful city centre. Eva Eibenberger received the best poster award and Christian Weis the award for the best student talk.


1st IMPRS Annual Meeting

The 1st IMPRS Annual Meeting took place from October 4th-8th, 2010 in the hotel Behringersmühle near Gößweinstein. Invited talks were given by Prof Arno Rauschenbeutel (University of Mainz), Prof Stefan Maier (Imperial College, London), Dr Fabio Biancalana (MPL), Prof Martin Wegener (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Dr Clemens Kaminski (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge). The block lecturers were Prof Joachim Hornegger (Pattern Recognition Lab at FAU), Prof Philip Russell (MPL) and Prof Norbert Lindlein (FAU). The awards for the best student talk and the best posters were given to Marta Ziemienczuk (best talk), Sarah Unterkofler, Attila Budai and Christian Weis (best posters).

IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium 2010 “New Frontiers in Science”

In 2009 the IMPRS-PL (then IMPRS-OPTIM) students were invited to attend the IMPRS symposium “New Frontiers in Science” which consisted of a series of interdisciplinary talks aimed at the PhD students from several IMPRSs. In total about 20 IMPRS students from Erlangen attended this meeting in Munich and enjoyed an interesting and well-organized programme. During a visit of the IMPRS-APS to Erlangen at the end of 2009, our students were asked to participate not only in the IMPRS symposium itself but also to help with its organization. Several of our IMPRS students were enthusiastic about the idea and joined the planning group. With the help of PhD students from all the participating IMPRSs, a very successful symposium was held again in Munich in November 2010.

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