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Jena Alliance Life in Focus

The Jena Alliance of Graduate Schools –​ A Carl Zeiss Foundation Project​​
Doctoral researchers in the microspectroscopy lab
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Graduate qualification​ at its best

The Jena Alliance Life in Focus promotes a nationally and internationally visible excellent graduate qualification at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena by connecting the university profile lines LIFE and LIGHT through funding of the Carl Zeiss Foundation for six years (2019-2024).

Under the umbrella of the Graduate Academy, which is known for its high quality in qualifying young scientists, the Jena Alliance connects and strengthens the well-established graduate programmes of the Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), the Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM), the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) and the Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP). The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary elements of the graduate programmes are combined by the Jena Alliance and expanded to include innovative aspects of modern doctoral programmes.

Aims of the Jena Alliance:

  • Building bridges: Networking the participating graduate schools
  • Organisation of joint events
  • Coordination of the international recruitment of doctoral candidates
  • Further development of the cross-cutting, interdisciplinary qualification programme
  • Introduction of a uniform and interdisciplinary supervision programme

Members of the Jena Alliance

Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) Show content

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is not only an Excellence Graduate School, but also a lively network of scientists from a broad variety of natural & life sciences institutes and an umbrella organization for three Research Training Groups in Jena.

Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM) Show content

The international Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM) offers an interdisciplinary graduate program in an attractive and inspiring research environment with a unique combination of expertise in molecular and cellular biology, biophotonics, molecular medicine and clinical research.

Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) Show content
ASP Image: ASP

The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) provides education programs with multidisciplinary coverage of optical and photonics technology field topics, ranging from current scientific aspects to engineering, with product applications possible in major economic sectors such as information and communication technologies, medicine and health, manufacturing and energy consumption.

Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) Show content

The MPSP is an interdisciplinary, nationwide graduate school offering a unique, two-phase PhD program to excellent students from all over the world. It prides itself on a wide-ranging network including highly renowned research institutes and significant establishments within the photonics industry.

Upcoming events

31 Aug 2020
09:00 · Conference
DoKDoK is a scientific conference for doctoral (PhD) and master students in all areas of Optics and Photonics. The conferences ...
1 Sep 2020 - 3 Sep 2020
Conference · Symposium
Online-Symposium​​: Microverse I
The Symposium will discuss the advances in microbial communication, host-microbiome interactions and environmental microbiomes.
1 Oct 2020 - 2 Oct 2020
5th International Symposium "Image-based Systems Biology" (IbSB 2020
The general experience that "a picture is worth a thousand words" also holds in the field of systems biology: Image-based ...

Doctoral candidates

In addition to the interdisciplinary development of the graduate programmes, the Jena Alliance Life in Focus directly funds individual doctoral projects with an interdisciplinary orientation. All doctoral projects are located in one of the participating graduate schools of the Jena Alliance.

Doctoral candidates of the Jena Alliance


Maria Langhammer, Dr
Scientific Coordinator of the Jena Alliance Life in Focus
Dr. Maria Langhammer
+49 3641 9-401360
Universitätshauptgebäude, Room 1.12
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
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