Welcome kit!

May 7th, 2010

Hello devoted followers of this blog!

Yesterday Mar and I have placed an order for some goodies to give to the participants of the conference (have you registered already?!), as a welcome gift when you arrive!

Among other things, you will get:

  • A fancy Max Planck Society cloth bag (for your groceries…or other bag-related needs!)

  • A nifty note-block (so that you can keep your notes, and also have something to put in your fancy bag!)

Aren’t you excited?! And I haven’t even mentioned anything about pens (!!!).

See you all very soon!


P.S.: The available places are slowly filling up! If you want to attend, head on to the registration tab and let us know! We will be more than happy to welcome you in Bonn.

Conference Poster

April 29th, 2010


here’s our conference poster (it’s 6MB, right-click and save as if you want to download it).

Please, feel free to print it in any size (it works up to DinA2) and place it  in your institute – to remind anybody who’s interested!



Register now – send your abstract later!

April 29th, 2010

Hello everybody,

we decided to change the registration procedure, you are now enabled to register and save a place for the conference without direcltly specifying a topic and handing in an abstract. Register now and you can be sure to take part at the conference :)

The final abstracts need to be sent in until May 25th.

Best wishes,


Third keynote speaker confirmed!

April 22nd, 2010

Great news everyone!

We have now officially a third keynote speaker in our roster! His name is Seth Davis (Dr.) and he is a group leader in the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. His research interests focus around the “circadian cycle” (somehow I find the work circadian very…exciting!), a biological temporal cycle (rhythm) characteristic to each living species.  In his talk he will relate how the Earth’s orbit affects the behavioral patters of plants.  You can find the title and abstract of his talk in the Programme section!

By the way, here is also a picture of Seth enjoying his coffee (or other hot beverage!):

Well, I for one look forward to Seth’s talk!!

Have a nice rest of the week people!


Registration is now open!

April 22nd, 2010

Dear all,

as some of you might have already noticed, the registration is now open (hurray!). I sincerely hope that you will grasp this chance of interdisciplinary interaction among your “science peers” by coming to Bonn in June and presenting your work (or not) in the context of every day life. The Interdisciplinary Meeting of the PhDnet offers a relaxed environment among PhD students to share scientific ideas and communicate science in a somewhat different way that usually seen in “normal” conferences!

The whole organizing team (all four of us!) looks forward to welcoming you in Bonn this coming June!



PS: As always, in case of doubt or hesitation, contact me (us)!

Visit to Effelsberg!

March 21st, 2010

Hi everyone,

last Thursday, Mar, myself, my mother (that’s a long story…), and the IMPRS coordinator of the MPI for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) Dr. Angelakis, we visited the Effelsberg radio telescope in the region of Eifel. Effelsberg is operated by the MPIfR. It is the largerst (with a diameter of 100m) telescope of its kind in Europe and the third largest in the world. Are you impressed?! Wait till you actually see it up close!

We have a treat for you. On Saturday afternoon we plan to visit the telescope. We have arranged for a tour of the facilities, the telescopes (yes there are more than one), and the surroundings. The tour will be followed by some of the scheduled talks from you. The day will end with a BBQ in the shadow (assuming we will have sun…cross your fingers!) of the telescope. How exciting is that?! Below you can see some pictures from our visit (courtesy of Manolis Angelakis).




This is where the BBQ will take place (assuming that the weather cooperates!)

Half of the organizing team: Mar (left), me (half-hidden in the middle), and Dr. Alex Kraus, the manager of the Effelsberg telescope

The “Everyday Science” Blog

March 21st, 2010

Hi everyone out there,

I am Marios. Let me warmly welcome you to the pages of this year’s interdisciplinary meeting of the PhDnet and the Max Planck Society. In this space you will find updates and exciting news about the organization of the conference. We will also post some interesting facts and stories about science in our everyday life. So…stay tuned! Don’t forget. If you want to receive these updates in your email, you can register to our newsletter!

See you around,