LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

PhD Program


The International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL) at Justus-Liebig University Giessen offers fully-funded tailor-made interdisciplinary doctoral programmes for young international researchers. The GGL aims to support for doctoral students and facilitate successful collaboration within their subject groups by promoting further training and the acquisition of qualifications beyond their individual fields of research. The career opportunities of our young researches are promoted by our Career Service, which cooperates with non-academic institutions such as industrial enterprises.

The GGL covers a number of diverse research topics, and those of doctoral students studying insect biotechnology are included within Research Area 7 (Bioresources and Biotechnology) which focuses on contemporary applied technologies in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, biotechnology, drug discovery and pre-clinical research.
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The seminar series in Applied Entomology is incorporated into the GGL study calendar and offers credit points for participation.

Bioresources and Biotechnology joint PhD Programme

The Bioresources and Biotechnology joint PhD Programme is the first joint doctoral programme developed by the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhesse (THM) and Justus-Liebig University Giessen (JLU). It offers outstanding young researchers the ability to pursue a doctoral degree and the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts has provided generous funding of € 450,000 over a period of five years. The programme provides 12 doctoral researchers in the fields of biotechnology, biology, food chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biomedical technology and agricultural sciences with the opportunity to undertake a three-year PhD project. The programme awards six scholarships, two financed by the THM. Other doctoral students are funded by third parties. We also offer block courses, seminars, symposia and laboratory visits in order to incorporate our students into a cross-national academic network.

The PhD Programme emerged from three successful research collaborations between THM and JLU, which were funded under the LOEWE Programme (Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz, or Regional Drive for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence) and encouraged collaborative work between lecturers from both universities. The key technologies developed thus far will be clustered, extended and deepened within the application-oriented research profile developed in the PhD Programme.