Winter Semester 2023/2024

The curriculum of the IMPRS consists of scientific/technical courses, soft-skills and transferable skills courses, and internal workshops.


Materials Design

Karola Dierichs (weißensee school of art and design berlin, MPIKG, Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity), 
Pelin Asa, MSc (MPIKG, Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity)

Materials science increasingly aims not only to understand existing materials but to develop – or in other words to design – entirely new ones (Reis, Jaeger et al. 2015). In-depth and consistent methodological approaches for this newly emerging field barely exist. In this context the lecture series aims to lay the methodological foundations for design in materials science.

In the winter term of 2023—24 we will focus on the design of thin membranes which enclose and are enclosed by a liquid such as air or water. We will look into their numerical modelling in Rhinoceros Grasshopper, we will make our own physical membrane models and we will develop design visions for future scenarios of these material systems.

Course dates:

  • Block 1:  04.12., 07.12., 08.12.2023: 9.30 till 12.30 and 13.30 till 16.30 on Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30 till 12.30 on Fridays
  • Tutorials Block 1:  15.12.2023: half hour individual time slots
  • Block 2:  15.01., 18.01., 19.01.2024: 9.30 till 12.30 and 13.30 till 16.30 on Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30 till 12.30 on Fridays
  • Tutorials Block 2:  26.01.2024: half hour individual time slots
  • Final Review:  02.02.2024: 10.00—12.00

For more information about this course, please check the pdf document.

Start: December 4, 2023 at 9:30am (see pdf file for entire schedule)

Registration is compulsory by email to: Karola Dierichs ( Places are limited to 10 persons and are distributed on a first come first served basis.

Deadline for registration is October 16th, 2023.

Location: Department of Biomaterials at the MPIKG



X-ray, Neutron and Electron Scattering

Peter Fratzl (MPIKG),
Peter Werner

Description: X-ray scattering and electron microscopy – from basics to applications in biomaterials. Topics will include: elements of scattering and diffraction theory, small-angle scattering, strain determination in crystals, scanning and transmission electron microscopy using different contrasts. Discussion of some examples of biomaterials studies.

Dates: January 11-12, 2024

Time:  9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30 und 14:00-15:30. 

Location: Seminar room above the library at MPIKG



Introduction to Applied Statistics

Angelo Valleriani (MPIKG)

Description: This introductory course will provide some basic tools to understand which methods are more appropriate in different situations. We will cover some aspects of probability theory, descriptive statistics, sampling theory, estimation methods based on confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing for means and proportions. The course will be delivered in presence, at the blackboard. Participants will receive some material for self-study and problems to solve at home in order to improve their understanding.


  • 2023 October 26th, 
  • 2023 November 2nd, 9th, 16th
  • 2023 December 14th, 21st
  • 2024 January 4th, 18th, 25th
  • 2024 February 1st, 8th, 15th

Time: The lectures start at 10am and finish at 11am,

Location: in the TH Seminar Room at the MPIKG (room 1.123/1.125)



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