Hey, would you like to know your fellow doctoral researchers?

Would you like to learn more about their research?

There are a lot of most interesting topics to discover!

Are you interested in their experience in being a doctoral researcher at KIT?

Would you simply like to have a nice chat with them, being in a very similar situation as you?

Would you like to have some fun besides the daily work?

You will find all this and even more at our BIF-IGS Annual Retreat:

A retreat is organized once a year by BIF-IGS doctoral researchers themselves. 
Participation in the Annual Retreat is mandatory in 3 years:

  • 1st year participation only
  • 2nd year poster presentation
  • 3rd year giving a talk about your work

Let´s do some networking!

Greetings from Gengenbach!

BIF-IGS Annual Retreat 2022, 
14.07.2022 - 16.07.2022 at the Schwarzwaldhotel Gengenbach

This year the retreat was held on 14.-16.07.2022 as an onsite meeting at the beautiful town of Gengenbach in the blackforest.



Thursday (14.07.2022) morning at 8.00 h we left together by bus from the KIT Campus South heading towards Gengenbach. There we stayed in the Schwarzwaldhotel in the cozy and attractive town of Gengenbach.


View of Gengenbach


(© Schwarzwaldhotel Gengenbach)


Scientific Program

We had a 2-day scientific program consisting of 12 talks including discussion of the 3rd-year Doctoral Researchers as well as open-air poster sessions comprising 17 posters of the 2nd-year Doctoral Researchers.




Of course, we also awarded prizes for the best talks and posters chosen by our PI´s Lennart, Anne, Gary and Hatiçe.



Prizes for the best talks: Sandra Kröll, Morgan Sobol, Yuhang Hong (left to right)



Prizes for the best posters: Sven Treffert, Julian Hertel, Maximiano Correa Cassal (not on the photo), all presented by Prof. Lennart Hilbert.



The Retreat organizer team 2022 (left to right): Lisa Mehner, Sven Treffert, Alessandra Boiti, (Sikha Ray), Yanke Wang


What else?
Furthermore, we had some external talks, Dr. Gaik Sui Kee (industrial career), and Prof. Lennart Hilbert (academic career) giving us insight on the highs and lows of a scientific career including many of the common pitfalls.



Prof. Dr. Lennart Hilbert giving a talk about the pros and cons of a scientific career

We are sportsmen!
On Friday afternoon we had a beautiful hike around Gengenbach and the surrounding hills.



And on Saturday, before breakfast, some of us gathered for an early-morning match of beach volleyball at river Kinzig.



…and, yes, with the hot temperatures (around 34°C!) we did need some rest and relax after all these activities… - down on the banks of the river Kinzig.