The graduate school is embedded in the thriving research environment and the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany, close to the shores of the Baltic Sea.
The Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology is located in Plön, in the middle of a lake district, halfway between the Universities of Kiel and Lübeck. With its history in limnological and ecological research, it represents one of the longest established research institutions of the Max-Planck Society. It has now shifted its focus to Evolutionary Biology, with major recruitments and investments in this field.
The University of Kiel was established in 1665. The University currently teaches over 24,000 women and men and the range of subjects on offer is spread over eight faculties. Some 1,800 foreign students from all the world's continents are currently enrolled at Kiel University. It is currently the home of two Excellence Clusters, one in marine sciences ("The Future Ocean") and one in biomedical research ("Inflammation at Interfaces").
The Geomar - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, located in Kiel is dedicated to investigate the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes in the ocean and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere.
Evolutionary biology is currently in a major renaissance, fuelled by advances in theory building and new experimental options that have opened up in the wake of the rapid progress in genomic technologies. It has a broad cross-disciplinary portfolio to offer, from molecular biology and genomics to the analysis of social interactions and economic decision making. Our research school offers access to the full breadth of these approaches with highest level research projects and dedicated training.
Our major research topics include:
- host microbe coevolution
- the genetic basis of adaptions
- comparative genomics
- sexual selection and mate choice
- evolutionary game theory
- life history, ecology and speciation