The PhD Students’ Representative

The PhD students of the IMPRS choose a representative for each department and an external representative.

The representatives’ tasks are:

  • acting as contact person for issues regarding individual students and the student body
  • representing the students’ interests as a member of the Managing Board
  • supporting new students
  • keeping an overview of events organized by the students

IMPRS-SHH Students’ Representatives

Sandra Penske (representative in the managing board)

Department of Archaeogenetics

Madeleine Bleasdale

Department of Archaeology

Barbara Pavlek

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Karen Giffin (external representative)


Additionally, there is the PhDnet, the network of all PhD candidates and PhD representatives of the Max Planck Society. PhDnet was founded to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, to optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and to strengthen academic solidarity.

Every IMPRS student is also a PhD candidate in the Graduate Academy of the Jena University, and is represented by the Doctoral Council of Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (DR.FSU).