After being postponed due to the pandemic situation, SFB 1083’s Winter School 2023 took place in presence from February 27th to March 3rd, 2023 at Marburger Haus in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria.
The 40 participants came from four collaborating institutions (33 from Philipps-Universität Marburg, four from Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, two from Universität Leipzig and one from Forschungszentrum Jülich). The event was organized by the SFB student speaker including 29 PhD Students, seven Master students and four postdoctoral researchers.
After a joint bus-ride from Marburg the program started with an official welcome and a first program overview by Maximilian Dreher, organizer and SFB student speaker. During the subsequent dinner, the participants started some first scientific discussions across departmental boundaries.
17 talks distributed over six sessions at three days were chaired by postdocs and experienced PhD students. The idea was to give introductory talks, such that everyone regardless of the own discipline and scientific experience could follow the topic to broaden the own horizon. Therefore, the talks were given an extra 10 min of discussion to answer as many open question as possible. All presenters did an excellent job of sharing their experience with the audience.
Highlights were talks by Carolin Kalff and Dominik Scharf, who presented a detailed lab day of an organic chemist or the talk by Willy Knorr, who gave insights into how to simulate transport characteristics of excitons.
Two poster session were held in the evenings after the dinner. Since only 12 poster per session were presented, everyone got the opportunity to have deep discussions at every poster. The overall atmosphere was very stimulating, such that the end of both sessions was late in the evening with many people still in discussion.
Besides the scientific program, the students got the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape of Kleinwalsertal and enjoy the fresh air, while discussing the new insights they got during the week.