Meet the organizers of this year’s General Assembly

All PhD representatives from the 93 Leibniz Institutes meet annually in the General Assembly where they collect new ideas and tackle challenges, discuss essential actions, elect the new steering group and section officers, and define the goals for the upcoming 12 months. Fruitful exchange of experiences is achieved also due to a cooperation with the leaders of the Max Planck PhD Network (PhDNet), the Helmholtz Juniors (HeJus) and the Leibniz Postdoc Network.

The General Assembly is hosted voluntarily by different Leibniz Institutes every year. This year, the 3rd General Assembly is organized by the collaboration of three Leibniz Institutes (Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Leibniz Institute on Aging and Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology) in Jena, Thuringia (September 26th to 28th, 2018). Meet the people who make this event happen!


Hey, I am Marie. I’m the Financial Officer of the Leibniz PhD Network. I studied Biochemistry in Berlin and I am now a first year PhD student in the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ). During my PhD, I am investigating different chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans by cytometry and computational biology. My aim is to find new biomarkers which will be applied in the clinics to predict disease progression and/or therapy response. In my free time, I enjoy hiking or going to the theater and ballet.


Hi, I’m Tanya – a biochemist and geneticist, originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine. During my PhD in Dr. Maria Ermolaeva group at the Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jena I want to investigate more the mysterious ways by which mitochondria, power house of our cells, mediate extended longevity in microscopic worms, C.elegans. In my current PhD Representative work within the Leibniz PhD Network I am driven by my passion to make PhD life brighter though networking, troubleshooting via experience exchange and making the voices of the PhD students heard.

Florian Newsletter

Hello, my name is Florian. Besides my work in the GA group, I am the section officer for section D. I studied chemistry in Berlin and moved to Jena for my PhD studies at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT). My field of research is vibrational spectroscopy, especially Raman imaging. In my opinion, science plays an important role in improving our lives and finding solutions for problems of our society. Creativity is important to me, as it is the source for new ideas. In my free time, I like to read, socialize with others, enjoy playing board games, and participating in role-playing games.

Other group members:

Susanne Stephan
Svenja Schüler
Laura Behrendt
Katarzyna Stoltmann
Jan-Lucas Schanze

Contacts WG General Assembly:

Tetiana Poliezhaieva (
Florian Korinth (
Marie Urbicht (

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