IMPRS Students & Faculty at the 17th IMPRS symposium in March 2018.

The 2021 call for applications is now open! Please apply here.


Welcome to the homepage of the doctoral school for "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"!

We are an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) that is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPICE) and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (FSU).

Admission to the school is possible either through the annual recruitment or a written application to the school committee. Each year, up to five IMPRS doctoral positions are awarded following a competitive, worldwide call for applications.

The main focus of our school is the use of molecular, chemical and neurobiological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. We study interactions between plants, animals, microbes and their environment, as well as the behavioral consequences and the evolution of these interactions.

IMPRS students participate in a 3-year structured program that includes lectures, practical courses, outreach activities, and an annual symposium. All courses are held in English. The doctoral degree is granted by the Friedrich Schiller University.

A flyer of the IMPRS in Jena is available for download. If you follow the link you can watch a movie about our IMPRS in Jena and the IMPRS in Magdeburg.