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CeNS Retreat Kleinwalsertal 2022

May 22-25, 2022

Scope of the Retreat

This retreat brings together young researchers of the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) and the University of Cambridge in an informal atmosphere. The talks and poster session are intended to give the graduate students an overview of current research within CeNS and at UCam. In addition, workshops on transferable skills, career talks and social activities will complement the program.


The retreat takes place at the Opens external link in new windowMarburger Haus in Hirschegg in the beautiful scenery of the Kleinwalsertal. The Marburger Haus can be reached by train to Oberstdorf and by the Kleinwalsertal bus starting at Oberstdorf station. More detailed directions are to be found here: https://www.marburgerhaus.at/kontakt-info/lage-anfahrt/.

Program Committee

The program committee is composed of the current and former CeNS student representatives:

  • Simone Ezendam
  • Christoph Gruber
  • Pauline Kolbeck
  • Melisande Kost
  • Lin Nan
  • Michael Scheckenbach


We will depart from Munich on Sunday, May 22 at about 11.00 am and will return to Munich on Wednesday, May 25 around noon. The retreat will combine:

  • oral presentations by PhD students (20 minutes each)
  • poster session
  • career talks
  • social activities

In addition, we will offer two parallel transferable skills workshops:

1. Good Scientific Practice: A Refresher on Theory, Practice and Real-Life Situations (Dr. Elizabeth Schröder-Reiter, LMU)

As scientists, we are expected to follow international standards of good scientific practice (GSP), but it is often simply assumed that we are aware of these standards. How familiar are we with GSP standards, and how well do we put them into practice? Tenets of GSP can rarely be applied as black-and-white rules. In practice there are often "grey zones" that require discussion and interpretation. This workshop, based on teachers' training content (Curriculum für Lehrveranstaltungen zur guten wissenschaftlicen Praxis, Gerlinde Sponholz, 2019) and real-life case studies, aims to raise awareness about our common values in science, to inform about global GSP standards, to learn to recognize misconduct and to discuss ways to help navigate through any grey zones. Bring examples and questions!

2. Storytelling in Science (Dr. Katherine Jacobs)

From grant writing to compelling publications, knowing how to tell a story with your scientific research is an important part of successful science communication. In this workshop, participants will learn to recognize narrative in science writing and discover how to use the fundamental components of storytelling to produce interesting and impactful science communication.


The workshop is open to CeNS associates. Participation fee is EUR 100,00 (free for students delivering a talk). The number of places is limited to 26. Please register online by April 26.

After registration, you will receive payment details in a separate e-mail within one week. Payment of the participation fee is due by May 15 at the latest.

Group Travel to Hirschegg by bus

CeNS will organize a direct bus transfer form Munich to Hirschegg on Sunday, May 22. More information will follow soon.


We have booked rooms for speakers and participants from Sunday to Wednesday morning in the Marburger Haus. Rooms with 2 or 3 beds with shared bathrooms will be at disposal for the participants, and single rooms for speakers.

Workshop Venue

Marburger Haus
Wäldelestraße 16
87568 Hirschegg/Kleinwalsertal

Workshop Organization

Opens window for sending emailDr. Susanne Hennig
Center for NanoScience (CeNS)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
Tel: +49-(0)89-2180-5791
Opens external link in new windowwww.cens.de


Please register Opens external link in new windowhere by April 26.