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Children's University at IMK-IFU

Young scientists coming to our institute will discover an international and multi-disciplinary community, an excellent research environment, possibilities for networking and exchange with international scientists, various training opportunities and, last but not least, a beautiful mountain scenery and the laid-back bavarian town Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Currently 7 interns, Bachelor and Master students, 36 PhD students and 8 Postdocs work in various research groups at our institute. Supporting and training our young scientists towards scientific independency is an important mission of both, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Helmholtz Association.

Our PhD students come from a diverse research background and a range of disciplines (including Physics, Meteorology, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Landscape Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science). They originate from Germany or come from abroad (more than 40 % of the PhD students), e.g. from China, Korea, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Spain. Some of our PhD students are part of a structured graduate programme such as GRACE, the Graduate School for Climate and Environment at the KIT Center of Climate and Environment, and MICMoR, IMK-IFU’s own Research School on Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions. German students are enrolled at KIT, TUM, University of Augsburg, University of Cologne, University of Freiburg and University of Würzburg.

For our young scientists we provide training opportunities, both in scientific and professional skills, exchange and discussion possibilities, e.g. at IFU’s PhD seminar. We also offer an in-house German language course for our international PhD students. We provide information and support with regard to funding opportunities, calls, awards and external training events.

We regularly take students from research universities and universities of applied science, who want to do an internship at our institute. Interns will be involved in current research projects from the very first day and will support the on-going work of our scientists. Internships should be for a minimum of 4 weeks. Interested students please send a CV and a motivation letter to IMK-IFU.

The term “Children's University” has by now become a well-known synonym for science-related lectures, workshops or demonstrations for children and young people. At IMK-IFU related activities focused, e.g., on climate research and the wheather in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a guided tour through the institute and on the question “How much ash and smoke does a volcano spit out”, refering to the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. The enthusiasm and curiosity of the young researchers made those activities a great success.