15th Anniversary / International Alumni Day 2015

15th Anniversary Celebrations & International Alumni Day

Our international MSc/PhD programs and International Max Planck Research Schools in Molecular Biology and Neurosciences at the University of Göttingen are celebrating their 15th Anniversary on Friday, May 29, 2015 and an International Alumni Day on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

We look forward to welcoming our alumni from all over the world on this occasion. Together with our students, faculty members, friends and colleagues we will celebrate our anniversary, discuss science and career options and thus also strengthen existing scientific networks.

The 15th Anniversary celebrations start with a scientific keynote lecture, given by Prof. Stefan Hell, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. The 15th Anniversary ceremony in the university aula will be opened by the President of the University of Göttingen, Prof. Ulrike Beisiegel.

The International Alumni Day on Saturday, May 30, 2015 includes an Alumni Career Forum at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, followed by three 'Vision Talks' in which distinguished guest speakers give a personal view on current and expected future developments in their field:


  • Prof. Jochen Maas, Sanofi, General Manager R&D Germany, Head R&D German Hub;
  • Tamara Darsow, PhD, Vice President, Research Programs, American Diabetes Association, Washington DC;
  • Prof. Jan Philipp Reemtsma, professor of German literature, founder and director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, sponsor and promoter of the Max Planck Foundation.


The Vision Talks conclude with a Panel Discussion titled "Scientists after the PhD - Perspectives and Challenges" (moderated by Prof. Stefan Treue).

Our celebrations mark the end of the Neurizons week (May 26 - May 29, 2015). Alumni and PhD students who would like to present results of their research are encouraged to register for the Neurizons meeting with a poster.

Please save the date for an exciting week during which you can discuss science and career options, explore places on campus which you may not have discovered yet, and enjoy the company of your colleagues, current or former fellows.