Gallery of past events


MPI-CBG Innovation Day, December 9, 2015
This event, organized by a team of CBG postdocs, highlighted the cutting-edge innovation and technology transfer that takes place right here at our own institute, with the hope of inspiring people to take another look at their own research for its innovative potential.

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Postdoc Christmas Market Outing, December 2, 7pm
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Medieval Christmas market for glühwein and fun!

New Course: Preparing for the Academic Job Market, September 9 & November 24, 2015
MPI group leader André Nadler initiated this new course for postdocs who are ready to go on the academic job market soon. Participants submit a written application and later give a job talk and a chalk talk to a panel of interviewers.  [Course Description]

2015 Postdoc Retreat, June 15-17, 2015, Sächsische Schweiz
This year’s retreat featured: 8 external speakers (including a keynote from Shinichi Sunagawa about TARA OCEANS!), 13 postdoc speakers, 60-second “elevator pitches” from all other postdocs, a career advice panel, a beautiful hike in the Sächsische Schweiz National Park, and lots of fun!

Postdoc/Faculty Mixer, April 29, 2015
Our (now) annual evening event with pizza, beer, and candid discussions between postdocs and faculty members.

MPI Career Symposium, March 13-14, 2015
The annual Career Symposium spanned two days this year. The first day featured 10 speakers from different career paths, followed by a “Meet the Speakers Mixer.” The second day was a new “Entrepreneurship Minisymposium,” with inspiration and advice on how to take an idea for a science-related business and bring it to life. Visit the link above for full details.

Postdoc Writing Course with Iain Patten, March 23-26, 2015 @ MPI-CBG
20 postdocs from the MPI and nearby institutes took this course from renowned instructor Iain Patten in order to improve their writing skills and productivity. An advanced course will be offered in October, 2015. [Course Description]

Leadership & Management Skills Course for Postdocs, Jan 28-30 & Feb 2-4, 2015. Meissen. 
32 postdocs from the MPI-CBG had the opportunity to participate in this newly-offered course, modeled after the extremely popular EMBO course. Participants learned about and practiced using new tools to: improve working efficiency, create a harmonious working environment, and become better leaders. A follow-up course will be offered to the participants in November 2015 to reinforce and build upon these tools. We hope to continue offering this course in the future.


Postdoc outing to the Medieval Christmas Market, Dec 3, 2014

What is the Future of Scientific Publishing & Evaluation? Panel discussion, November 18, 2014, 4pm @ MPI-CBG
Should we change the way scientists are evaluated when applying for jobs and funding? Should impact factors affect your career? A debate and discussion on these questions and more, featuring Jennifer McLennan of eLife. Full write up and video in the link above.

Statistics for Biology (and Biologists) course, October 6-7, 2014, MPI-CBG
A course designed and run by two MPI-CBG postdocs, covering statistical topics from a biological perspective. [Course Description]

BiOlympics, September 12-13, 2014, MPI-CBG
A revival of the raucous MPI tradition, this year as a joint effort of the MPI, BIOTEC, MTZ, CRTD, & BCUBE! Two days of games and fun.

“Pimp Your Postdoc” seminar series,  JULY 2 – SEPT 17, 2014
A new series held at the MPI-CBG with advice from  group leaders, senior postdocs, and more. Click here for the advice that some of the speakers gave.

2014 Postdoc Retreat, June 23-35, 2014, Spreewald
The annual postdoc retreat: 40 postdocs, 10 external speakers, great talks, lively discussions, and lots of fun. (Do you have more photos?? Please email them to Lisa (dennison at to be posted here!)

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Postdoc Family Picnic, May 25, 2014, Fährgarten

Postdoc/PI Mixer, May 13, 2014

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MPI Career Symposium, March 24, 2014 

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Postdoc outing to the Medieval Christmas Market, Dec 4, 2013

For older photos, please visit the pictures page of the old postdoc website.


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