One of the major goals of the IMPRS program is to guarantee an optimal supervision of each IMPRS PhD student. Therefore, the obligatory APS provides a structured framework to define the content of your PhD work and to discuss its status and progress regularly. (Note that the APS is not obligatory for students of the Graduiertenkolleg "Particle Physics at the Energy Frontier of New Phenomena" which provides a similar Mentoring System.) The panel consists of your day-to-day supervisor, your official supervisor, and an external expert, who is not directly involved in your research project. If the official supervisor and the day-to-day supervisor happen to be the same person, the Advisory Panel may consist of two scientists only or a third member may be appointed. If the official supervisor is an external expert, a third member of the Advisory Panel can be chosen directly from the research group to which you belong.
The panel meetings serve as a dedicated forum for all issues concerning your PhD work. The APS will allow you to address open questions. In addition, there will be the chance to benefit from the outside view of the external expert. Within the APS, you will control your time schedule regularly in order to reach your goals within the desired time. The Advisory Panel will meet (at least) once per year with the first meeting being a "stock-taking" meeting 6-12 month after the start of your PhD work. Additional information on the APS can be found under the links:
You are expected to contact the members of your Advisory Panel and to organize the meetings. For the first meeting, you are asked to prepare a research proposal and a rough schedule for your time as a PhD student in the IMPRS (a small presentation of about 10 minutes). Please prepare this proposal in collaboration with your day-to-day supervisor. Moreover, a WORD document with the 'key-questions' to be addressed during the meetings is provided under the link:
This document provides space for notes of the various questions/issues discussed during the meeting. The panel is expected to record these notes in the document and to send the filled form renamed appropriately together with your research proposal to the IMPRS office.
For internal reasons, I would like to ask you to stick to the following naming scheme: From Alois Kabelschacht, we would expect the APS document "Kabelschacht_A_Record_APS.doc" together with his research proposal "Kabelschacht_A_Proposal.pdf".
Note that you will be able to use the APS document as a basis for a brief final report which you are asked to hand in after your PhD defense.
If you want to be informed about what is going on here at the institute (mostly from the PhD side) you should make sure that you are on one of PhD mailing list. The mailing list names are:
Normally the secretary of the director to which your group is belonging, should subscribe you to your mailing list. If you are not on your mailing list (let's say after a month from your start here) please talk to the corresponding secretary.
This is not true for the PhDs working in the theory groups. You won't find the theory mailing list under the link above. Just ask one of your theory colleagues if they got a mail from the PhD mailing list and you don't. If so, something is wrong. :) Via the mailing list you will be informed about events, PhD representative elections and so on.
The German statutory pension insurance scheme has an english website. The are some answers to FAQ and the possibility to contact someone for further questions:
The PhDs of the Max Planck Society are organized in the PhDnet. The PhDnet is working on nearly every aspect associated to the PhD life. Every PhD can take part in the PhDnet. It consists mainly but not necessarily of PhD representatives of each Max Planck institute. The PhDnet has structured in six working groups: Steering Group, Secretary Group, Offspring Group, Legal Group, Web Group, Meeting Group. More about this workgroups can be found on the PhDnet website. Useful information for PhDs (for example an explanation about your monthly salary in English) is collected on the PhDnet website and the PhDnet Wiki.
maxNet is a virtual platform for ALL employees, visiting scientists, Ph.D. students, postdocs and graduate students from institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society.