The research school offers fellowships to outstanding students who wish to study the distribution of elements essential to life and the climate among the components of the Earth system and who are interested in the interaction between biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, land and oceans. Research at the school focuses on how these biogeochemical cycles function, how they are interconnected and how they can be influenced by climate change or human activity. Methods used to address these questions include field observations, the development of laboratory methods, manipulative experiments, data mining and numerical modelling.
One of the objectives is to improve our ability to gauge future developments in the Earth system. In the interest of conveying wide-ranging knowledge of related areas of science, doctoral students are offered an additional training program to develop a broad understanding of Earth system science and to enable them to tackle biogeochemical issues effectively. The young scientists benefit from a 3-month international research residency and courses aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary knowledge (e.g. statistics, remote sensing, modelling, analytical techniques) as well as training in transferable skills (e.g. pres- entations skills, scientific writing, project management).
The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Students will register for doctoral degree studies at the University of Jena which awards the PhD degree upon successful completion of the program.