On June 2nd and 3rd, 2022, 23 PhD students and Postdocs took part in this year’s Young Researchers’ Retreat. The retreat was organized by four SFB 1381 PhD students. Together, they had prepared a wonderful program filled with opportunities to network and to get to know one another through recreational activities. All participants presented their own research in a poster or flash talk.
The first day began with a joint trip to Hotel Silberkönig in Gutach-Bleibach, a small village in the Black Forest. The retreat started with a first poster session, in which nine participants gave an introduction to their scientific research. In the afternoon, the participants had their first recreational activity: together with a trainer, they learned the basics of archery.
After a coffee break, guest speaker Prof. Dr. Matthew DeLisa from Cornell University in the US joined the retreat via Zoom. He had been invited to talk about his research. His talk was followed by two flash talks, in which two participants of the retreat gave an overview over their research. The day ended with dinner followed by a pub quiz which further enabled participants to enjoy their time together.
On June 3rd, the participants were joined in-person by guest speaker Prof. Dr. Rebecca Wade from the ZMBH (Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg). In her talk, she introduced the participants to her work in Heidelberg and answered questions.
This day was also filled with activities: on the scientific side, three participants gave flash talks and nine participants introduced the others to their research in a second poster session. Additionally, a hike gave participants the chance to see the beautiful surrounding of the hotel. All in all, Mohd Areeb describes the retreat as a great opportunity “to enjoy science and to get to know each other after a long pandemic break”. We can only agree!
Photographs taken by Carola Seelman