Structured doctoral training and excellent research conditions - this is what the International Max Planck Research Schools stand for. The first such school was founded in the year 2000. Since then, outstandingly qualified junior scientists from all over the world have had the opportunity to obtain their doctoral degrees at Max Planck Institutes and their partner universities in Germany. Only the best students, however, are admitted.
Using the doctoral schools in Magdeburg and Jena as examples, this short film provides some insight into the structures of an IMPRS, the hopes and expectations of foreign students attending the programme, as well as into the selection procedures and close collaboration with partner universities. Professor David Heckel is director at the MPI for Chemical Ecology in Jena. The American scientist knows that top research is only possible on the basis of internationalism. "If you reach for the best you cannot have limits of the nationality or even a continent", says Heckel. "We get half of the applications from Asia and a quarter from Africa. And so there is a lot of interest worldwide. And we want to take the best young minds and give them the best opportunities that we can to train them in the area of research that we do."