The Department of Microbial Population Biology (MPB) was established in March 2018 at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in the town of Plön, which sits in the heart of the Holsteinischen Schweiz nature area in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The Institute provides a unique opportunity to study and work in a collaborative atmosphere, supported by excellent funding and facilities, and in an idyllic setting.

The department is headed by Paul Rainey who also heads the Laboratory for Evolutionary Genetics at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris).

If you are curious, self-motivated, broad-thinking and interested in working in microbial population biology, then contact us, but firstly read about our research and our approach to doing science.

Doctoral candidate of the CRC 1182 wins award of the IMPRS Retreat

Every year the International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS-EB) holds a retreat. During the retreat, the third year doctoral candidates present their results in a talk; all other doctoral candidates usually present posters. At the end of the retreat there is a prize for the best talk and a prize for the best poster each year.

Due to the current situation, this year the retreat took place online via zoom. Posters do not really work there. That’s why the doctoral candidates had the idea that instead of posters a small video about their own work could be produced. Instead of the poster prize there was a prize for the best video clip.

This prize was won by Pauline Buffard, doctoral student of the CRC 1182 and member of the IMPRS-ES.

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