The PMI Academy - an excellent start

About the PMI Academy

The Cluster of Excellence PMI aims to acquire the best young talents and creates excellent training and career opportunities for them. The PMI Academy is the central structure for activities promoting young researchers. Forming part of the PMI Academy is the Clinician-Scientist-Programm, which specifically promotes researching clinicians.

The measures implemented by the PMI Academy are based on the training needs of young scientists and clinicians at various stages of their careers. They are designed to promote the scientific and personal further development, national and international networking and independence of the young scientists. These measures include seminars, regular meet-ups and retreats organized by the young scientists themselves, summer schools, cluster lectures and mentoring.

PMI Mentoring Program

On  February 19, 2024, the PMI Mentoring Program for early career researchers (female, male & diverse; PhD students, postdocs & clinician scientists) will start its second round.

Mentoring gives young researchers the opportunity to be supported by a mentor in their career development. It not only serves to advance their scientific career, but is also intended to help them master the high demands of a competitive research environment and develop leadership qualities.mentees meet regularly with their mentors as part of the mentoring program. Workshops on career development and networking sessions with other mentees, PIs and role models complement the program. The PMI Mentoring Program will be monitored by Dr. Phuong Glaser, a professional coach, who will stay in touch with all mentees during the process. The program is scheduled for a time period of 12 months. It is free for PMI members.

More about the PMI Mentoring Program 2024

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Young Scientist Retreats

The cluster’s young researchers before and after obtaining their PhD, organize annual Young Scientist Retreats themselves. These retreats provide them with the opportunity to further develop their scientific, methodological and social skills as well as exchange ideas with colleagues from other research groups and specialist fields.

The next Young Scientist Retreat

Internal meeting of all young scientists of the cluster PMI

Cluster Lecture

Cluster lectures offer contact to international cutting-edge research. Exceptional scientists from Germany and abroad present their research topics and exchange ideas with the cluster’s early career researchers. There is the opportunity to speak with renowned guests in person at get-togethers after the lectures. This is a direct and uncomplicated way to make contacts for joint research projects or research stays.

Prior to the cluster lectures, clinician scientists meet the scientists invited to speak (Cluster Grand Rounds), which enables a direct and uncomplicated exchange of ideas.

Research grant for Cluster Young Scientists

The one crucial experiment that is still missing from the project but cannot be funded by normal grants. Or the one experiment that, if successful, could be groundbreaking - these are the projects that the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" would like to make possible with its 2021 funding for young researchers. The tender has been completed.

funded projects 2021


Structured doctoral program

With currently eight research training groups and/or collaborative projects in PMI research areas at the host institutions, exceptional doctoral researchers are offered a perfect research environment to work in. They benefit from the accompanying study program and excellent supervision; they have many opportunities for cooperation and interdisciplinary exchange and forge contacts for their future careers.

Graduate centers