Doctoral School celebrates its first birthday


One year of hands-on interdisciplinary training: The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science has celebrated its first birthday. More than 80 PhD students and faculty participated in the event on October 6th. They learned about the work of the Doctoral School and discussed their personal experience as doctoral students and supervisors.

A highlight of this first in-person event of the Doctoral School was the keynote by Jörg Vogel. In his talk entitled "Single-cell RNA-sequencing reveals global transcriptomes of individual bacteria", Vogel presented a new method to analyse the RNA of a single bacterium in the microbiome. This method made it possible to identify the type of stress the individual is under through transcriptome analysis. Jörg Vogel is director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg.

The birthday guests could continue their discussions and personal conversations at a social get together right after the ceremony. The gallery below shows some impressions of the day's events.

The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers interdisciplinary training at the interfaces of microbiology, ecology, and environmental science. Since operations began in October 2020, doctoral students are offered an inspiring environment to perform research in areas such as adaptation and resistance mechanisms, microbiomes, biogeochemistry, emerging pollutants, molecular microbiology, and evolutionary and computational biology. They benefit from the collaboration of two research institutions with an internationally recognized scientific reputation: The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS) and the Max Perutz Labs, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. All PhD students are fully integrated into the faculty’s research groups. Moreover, the Doctoral School offers advanced training in cutting-edge methods through workshops and seminars, international networking, community building events, and regular team meetings.