You can find more information about the study sites here:

City of KielCity of Kiel

City of PloenCity of Plön


Faculty home pages


Lutz Becks
Duncan Greig
Bernhard Haubold
Martin Kalbe
Manfred Milinski
Arne Nolte
Paul Rainey
Diethard Tautz
Arne Traulsen


John Baines
Thomas Bosch
Tal Dagan
Christian Jung
Frank Kempken
Matthias Leippe
Dietrich Ober
Thomas Roeder
Philip Rosenstiel
Hinrich Schulenburg


Oscar Puebla
Thorsten Reusch
Olivia Roth

External at the
Alfred Wegener Institute
List, Sylt:
Mathias Wegner

An international graduate school dedicated to highest level research and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology.


steering committee:

Diethard Tautz

Hinrich Schulenburg

Manfred Milinski

Thorsten Reusch



Kerstin Mehnert

The graduate school is embedded in the thriving research environment and the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany, close to the shores of the Baltic Sea.

The Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology is located in Plön, in the middle of a lake district, halfway between the Universities of Kiel and Lübeck. With its history in limnological and ecological research, it represents one of the longest established research institutions of the Max-Planck Society. It has now shifted its focus to Evolutionary Biology, with major recruitments and investments in this field.

The University of Kiel was established in 1665. The University currently teaches over 24,000 women and men and the range of subjects on offer is spread over eight faculties. Some 1,800 foreign students from all the world's continents are currently enrolled at Kiel University. It is currently the home of two Excellence Clusters, one in marine sciences ("The Future Ocean") and one in biomedical research ("Inflammation at Interfaces").

The Geomar - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, located in Kiel is dedicated to investigate the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes in the ocean and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere.