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In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus.
The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth system sciences. The overall research and teaching focuses on:

  • Improved understanding of biogeochemical processes with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems [more...]
  • Development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feedbacks in the Earth system [more...]
  • Theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive Earth system models [more...]


Technical Tools and Support at MPI-BGC and beyond
(September 27-28, 2020)
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Soil, Soil Biology & Soil Hydrology
October 4-14, 2021
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Refute, but do it right!
(November 11 and 25, 2021)
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Academic Writing
November 16-17, 2021
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Data Visualisation
(December 1-7, 2021)
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Rules of Good Scientific Practice
(January 28, 2022)
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(February 21-22, 2022)
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4th Alumni Colloquium with Ashish Malik
postponed to spring 2022

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We accept applications until August 23, 2021

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