Meeting up for summer school
Using the summer to explore science: Max Planck Institutes from Hamburg to Rome offer courses specifically for external participants and will reach about 900 young scientists from master’s students to postdocs this year.
The concept originating from the USA where universities run summer schools during the period when there are no lectures has also been adopted by the Max Planck Institutes. While they are not universities, these courses allow them to open themselves up to young academics and provide an insight into research. Often organized through International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) to provide courses for doctoral students and in conjunction with cooperation partners, over 15 such specialized courses will be offered this summer.
Wide range of courses
The courses vary from Institute to Institute in terms of both their duration and content. The group size may also differ depending on the topic, whereby participants usually undergo a selection procedure. This also applies to the 8th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, where around 140 participants are expected (registration by 30 April). At the end of June, for a period of three days, techniques and tools of cognitive neurosciences will be taught and enhanced. Two focal points are 'modeling the mind' and big data. "We invited leading international experts as well as speakers directly from Leipzig and Germany," the organizers state. “With further building blocks such as the Summer School Poster Award, they aim to offer, yet again, an "unforgettable experience with inspiring lectures, discussions and activities to get to know each other".
This year, the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History is being held for the fifth time at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main. The motto of the two-week course is 'The world and the village. The global and local in legal history'. It is fully booked with around 30 participants, mostly doctoral students. The material is taught in a two-step process - the first module provides an insight into the scientific study of sources, including the use of the institute's library, methodological foundations, theories, and controversial schools of thought in legal-historical research. In the second part, the relevant focal topics will be discussed in greater detail, and the participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own research topics.
And as with many of the Summer Schools offered, the curriculum in Frankfurt does not solely consist of academic activities. Thus, participation in the institute's summer party is just as much a part of the program as a guided tour of the city and a visit to the university campus.