First Annual Retreat of the Erlangen School of Molecular Communication


September 29/30, 2009, Schloss Atzelsberg

Our first meeting as DFG Integrated Research Training Group 796 took place on Schloss Atzelsberg located on a green hill outside of Erlangen. The baroque flair of the castle, the delicious food and the beautiful surrounding invited for interesting talks and fruitful discussions. Eighteen PhD students gave a talk on their research objectives with some of them presenting exciting first results. The typical conference time frame of 20 min plus 10 min discussion was abode by almost everyone surprisingly, as on congresses this hardly appears to happen. After the presentations each student had the chance to talk to his or her mentor about the project, to discuss likely concerns and develop new strategies. Moreover, a walk through the beautiful scenery and the get-together at dinner gave the opportunity not only for scientific but also for personal exchange between the research groups and for discussing the various cooperation projects. To sum up, it was a successful prelude of the Integrated Research Training Group 796 and we are looking forward to our next year meeting at Kloster Banz.