Greetings from Neustadt!

BIF-IGS Annual Retreat, 24.-26.07.2023

This year the BIF-IGS Annual Retreat was held on 24.-26.07.2023 as an onsite meeting at the Youth Hostel of the beautiful town of Neustadt/Weinstraße.



Monday (24.07.2023) morning at 09.20 h we left together by bus from the KIT Campus South heading towards Neustadt. There we stayed in the Youth Hostel Neustadt (“Pfalz-Jugendherberge”).


View of the Youth Hostel in Neustadt/Weinstraße (© Pfalz-Jugendherberge)


Scientific Program

We had a 3-day scientific program consisting of 13 talks in 4 sessions including discussion of the 3rd-year Doctoral Researchers as well as poster sessions comprising 16 posters in 4 sessions of the 2nd-year Doctoral Researchers.


Julia giving a talk at the retreat

Sadia presenting a poster at the retreat


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


1st: Svenja Moench
2nd/3rd: Razan El Khaled El Faraj / Julian Hertel

Prizes for the best talks: 

Svenja Moench, Razan El Khaled El Faraj, Julian Hertel (left to right)

1st: Julius Höpfner / Ivy Mayer
2nd/3rd: Ahmad Itani / Nagwa Ibrahim

Prizes for the best posters: 

Ivy Mayer, Nagwa Ibrahim, Ahmad Itani, Julius Höpfner (left to right)


And we should not forget to mention here…

  • that we had an excellent organization team. Thank you, dear Christina, Andreas, Marian, Sagarika and Ilona for the successful retreat!
  • Nick Foulkes, the Dean of our Graduate School


What else?

Furthermore, we had some external talks, Dr. Mara Staffiliani (editor-in-chief at Wiley´s), and Prof. Gary Davidson (start-up “screenfect” at KIT) giving us insight in possible careers after graduation.


And in the evening (Tuesday)....

  • we had some barbecue in spite of freezing cold temperatures….
  • and, yes, we also had some rounds of beer pong.