The new Campus Seminar Award

The new Campus Seminar Award

Two talks and two different topics combined: This is the Campus Seminar at the Max Planck Campus in Göttingen. Since autumn 2018, this series has been running in its current form and is jointly organized by Junior Faculty members of the MPI-BPC and the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. It is scheduled on Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm, including soup and sandwiches. The talks are typically chosen in a way that two different areas of research are represented and address a broad scientific audience. Each talk lasts 20 minutes, after which there is time for a 10-minute discussion.

The Award

From mid-September 2019, there will be an innovation at the Campus Seminar: Two prizes will be awarded every year for the best talks. One prize will go to a PhD student and one to a postdoc. “We will award the prize for the best talk and very good science communication skills. Everyone is encouraged to participate to tell us about their science”, explains Stefan Glöggler, who is one of the Campus Seminar’s organizers. Each prize is endowed with 2 000 euros donated by the Manfred Eigen Foundation. The first prizes will be awarded in summer 2020.

How can I participate?

There are two ways to participate: (1) Each department, research group, or emeritus group may nominate one speaker per year. This starting place is guaranteed. An informal e-mail by the PI to the organizers () is sufficient. They will contact the nominee directly with further information. (2) In addition, all PhD students or postdocs may apply themselves. In this case, there will be an ongoing deadline every three months. It is recommended that you consult with your PI about the content before you submit your application.

The following documents must be submitted in order to be accepted to the competition:

  • A resume but without a list of publications (one page)
  • An abstract explaining the applicants own scientific work to a broad readership (half a page maximum)

Three members of the Junior Faculty as well as the PhD & Postdoc Community will rank the abstracts and contact the speakers to enter the competition.

How does the competition work?

Your talk will be ranked by PhD students and postdocs as well as Junior Faculty members, who are not part of your group or department. At this point, we would also like to encourage each group/department to nominate judges. If there is a tie of points at the end of the year, the Junior Faculty and the PhD & Postdoc Community will decide on the winner based on the submitted abstract.

What’s the name of the prize?

There is no name for the award yet. The organizers are looking forward to your suggestions and ideas.

Please send suggestions for names, nominations, and applications by e-mail to: .

The first deadline is Monday, August 12 2019.

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