Doctoral researchers in the microspectroscopy lab

Jena Alliance "Life in Focus"

The Jena Alliance of Graduate Schools –​ A Project​​​ of the Carl Zeiss Stiftung
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 Stiftung 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)
Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM)
Abbe School of Photonics (ASP)
Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Events and Honorary Guest Lectures

The Jena Alliance event calendar can be accessed via the event website.

The Honorary Guest Lectures are a special lecture series of the Jena Alliance. More information on the series and on how to submit proposals for guest speakers can be found here.

Doctoral candidates

In addition to the interdisciplinary development of the graduate programmes, the Jena Alliance 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

Prizes & Funding

The Jena Alliance promotes outstanding research achievements and interdisciplinary research activities.

The current announcements for the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize and the Honorary Guest Lectures can be found here.


Maria Langhammer, Dr
Scientific Coordinator of the Jena Alliance Life in Focus
Dr. Maria Langhammer
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