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Structured doctoral programs at Faculty of Natural Sciences I

11. Nov 2020

Research Training Group | Beyond Amphiphilicity: Self-Organization of Soft Matter Via Multiple Noncovalent Interactions (GRK 2670)

Written by

Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Dariush Hinderberger, coordinator: Dr. Imme Sakwa-Waltz 
funding period 2021-2025 by DFG; website

About the doctoral program

Amphiphilicity is a well-established qualitative concept contributing to the understanding of self-assembly processes of molecules composed of two inherently incompatible units (hydrophilic and hydrophobic) in aqueous systems. Polyphilic molecules are more complex molecules, from small molecules to macromolecules, that have interaction patterns with at least two types of interactions, one of them based on amphiphilicity. Self-assembled soft matter systems attain their complexity through noncovalent interaction patterns of their molecular constituents with their environment, solvents, biomolecules, membranes, and surfaces.

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22. Jan 2020

IPK Graduate Program

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Nicolaus von Wirén, coordinator: Dr. Britt Leps

Doctoral students from over 30 countries are engaged in research aiming to improve crop plants. Their work is focused on enhancing adaptation to drought and high temperature, strengthening host resistance to a number of diseases, bolstering the plants‘ capacity to take up nutrients and water from the soil, and generally increasing crop productivity. [read more]

The graduate school is part of Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). It is one of the world’s leading international institutions in the field of plant genetics and crop science. Its research programme and services contribute materially to conserving, exploring and exploiting crop diversity. Its research goals are driven by the need to ensure an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, thereby addressing a major global ecological challenge. website


  • Universität Göttingen
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Quedlinburg
  • Hochschule Anhalt
  • Hochschule Harz
  • Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Golm
  • National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan

27. Nov 2019

International Research Training Group TreeDì

Written by

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Helge Bruelheide, coordinator: Dr. Stefan Trogisch
funding since 2018 by DFG and UCAS

Biodiversity-Ecosystem-Functioning (BEF) research in forests has become a vibrant field of research in the last decade. The aim of TreeDì – 林地 (lín dì, forest land) is to understand how tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods of varying diversity translate into the observed positive tree species richness effects on key ecosystem functions at the community scale. Tree-tree interactions range from above- and belowground competition to resource use complementarity and facilitation. In-depth knowledge of each interaction type and interdisciplinary teamwork are essential to understand the underlying processes. All research projects are carried out on the BEF-China platform in subtropical China  – the largest forest BEF experiment worldwide. [read more]

TreeDì – 林地 – TreeDiversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods in Chinese subtropical forests” is an International Research Training Group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).


  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Universität Leipzig
  • Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
  • Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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