The New Campus Seminar Communication Award

The New Campus Seminar Communication 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’s from 11 pm till noon and will take place completely online. 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

Since mid-September 2019, there has been an innovation at the Campus Seminar: Two prizes will be awarded every year for the best talks (participation is optional). 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 prizes will be awarded in summer of the respective year.

Campus Seminar News

The award winners of 2020 campus seminar communication prize: Mirna Kramar (right) and Mark Bates

The campus seminar goes into the summer break and at the same time we are happy to congratulate the awardees of the first campus seminar communication prize 2019/2020: Mirna Kramar of the Karen Alim group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and Mark Bates of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (now employed at the Laserlaboratorium). The prize winners were selected in a peer review process in which the presenters of the campus seminar voted for most comprehensive talks. At this point we would like to thank everyone involved in the process and furthermore thank the Manfred Eigen Foundation for the endowment of the award.

Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, we had to cut this year’s seminar series shorter than usual but offer full consideration and rescheduling of the canceled talks during the series 2020/21.

The campus seminar will continue in October and we are looking forward to a new round of exciting scientific presentations.

The Campus Seminar Series in a nutshell

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. It is recommended that you consult with your PI about the content before you submit your application.

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

  • 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.

We would like to note that participation for the award is completely optional so please indicate with your abstract submission if you would like to be considered.

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.

The campus seminar will start again on October 7 (provisional date) with the rescheduled speakers from earlier this year. The deadline for the abstract submission will be December 4. Please send your abstracts to (.)

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