GRK1172 Summer School 2009

Direction Swabia for research

GRK 1172 organized this year’s summer school in Löwenstein (Wuerttemberg)

Last week. it took our 50 students only seconds to discover the advantages of meeting within vineyards in the region of Heilbronn. For our traditional summer school, the Convention Centre of the Protestant Church high above the rooftops of small villages was the perfect successor of the Alpinian village Aigen. Every year, the summer school provides our PhD students an ideal platform for scientific exchange and the building of new cooperations within the graduate school.

Motivational Certificates for the First Time

As incentive for improved presentations we had motivational certificates in category “Scientific Presentation“ during our summer school for the first time. Tobias Abel got a certificate for best graphic design and Robert Jabulowsky for best oral presentation.

Top-class Speakers

Guest speaker Meike Vogler (MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, UK) gave a lecture on “Mechanisms of cell death induced by Bcl2 antagonists“. Hildegard Büning (University Hospital of Cologne), our second guest speaker, was happy to answer the student’s questions on her lecture on “Nanoparticles for gene transfer and gene therapy – the AAV vector system“.

“Old Hands“ Involved

Even our students who are close before their PhD examination came to Löwenstein to support the “new ones“ in entering our GRK 1172 platform. Again, the strenghts of our school are pointed out: Together to success – even beyond the borders of single disciplines.

Nobody Missed our Barbecue

Besides beachvolleyball, soccer and ping-pong we went climbing with the experts of the German Alpine Club in our leisure time. Free time was happily spent for a walk oder a jog through the vineyards and woods and in the evening nobody missed our barbecue.


Because of the convention centre’s facilities shared by supervisors and students we all had the possibilities to sit together after dinner and talk on research as well as on a broad range of other topics. And some even re-arranged their schedule just to stay a little bit longer in Löwenstein. Prof. Dr. Josef Pfeilschifter and Prof. Dorothee Meike von Laer agree on the fact, that this year’s summer school was a complete success and will shape the standards of 2010.