PhD Program Brochure

Events for PhD students

Various scientific as well as social events are regularly organised to enable networking and support collaborative atmosphere at the MDC.

The MDC is organizing numerous scientific events, conferences, and symposia over the year, including topic-specific events within different special research programs. Doctoral researchers interested in event planning are participating in organisation of these events.

Special research programs events

Scientific events that bring together members of the specialised research programs, as well as internationally recognized guest speakers from all over the world, such as winter and summer schools, symposia or joint retreats, are organised at the MDC and partner institutions. These events aim to introduce the students to state-of-the-art scientific trends in their field, and to enable discussions and exchange of ideas with experts, fostering the networking within the specific community.

PhD Retreat

MDC doctoral researchers, in collaboration with their colleagues from the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), organize an annual PhD retreats, bringing together young scientists from all research areas of both institutes. Highlights of the scientific sessions include plenary talks by internationally recognized scientists. The scientific program is usually complemented with social activities, as well as panel discussions on various scientific topics and their relevance for society. An overview of last year's retreat can be found here


The IPSCC - International PhD Student Cancer Conference is organised for PhD students, by PhD students. It aims to provide the PhD students from cancer research institutes across Europe with the opportunity to present their research and integrate with the top scientists from their field. This annual conference is co-organized by the MDC. We encourage all participants to showcase their research through a presentation or a poster.

Graduation ceremony

Every year in winter, a Graduation ceremony, an event to celebrate and honour the last years's graduates is held  at the MDC. An MDC PhD prize, a recognition of the best student publication, sponsored by the Society of Friends of the MDC, is awarded every year. Since 2007, the Prize for Best Scientific image has ben presented during MDC Graduation ceremony, as well. Last year, the Society of Friends of the MDC and Nikon sponsored the prizes for the winners.

Career events

Annual PostDoc Day and Career Day are organised on campus to give an outlook and provide an opportunity to discuss and experience the variety of career possibilities, both inside and outside of academia.

Social events

Different social events, such as Beer hour on Fridays, Summer festival, Christmas party, or Glühwein stand in winter and ice-cream stand in summer, are organised to support networking of our researchers, and provide an opportunity to relax and have fun.