International Symposium organized by the Students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences

    Writing Contest

    As in the last years the WRITING CONTEST encourages PhD students to write in a creative way about their research that is understandable also by readers without scientific background. Successful competitors write an essay related to life sciences which communicates his or her excitement for a research question, addresses a common scientific misconception of his or her field or just tells a fascinating story about science.

    You can find the winners of the last years and their contribution here:

    2014: Ankit Turakhiya - "In the cellular wonderland"

    2013: Silke Frenz - "A Case of Identity"

    2012: Eduardo Joaquim Lopes Alho, Priya Panjwani and Silke Frenz

    2011: David Weber, Silke Frenz and Sarah Hemer

    Rules of eligibility

    All students who will register to the 10th GSLS symposium are eligible to hand in one essay related to life sciences.

    How to enter

    Only one entry per person may be submitted, the deadline is the 18th of September 2015. The essay must be written in English, using language and style suitable for a non-scientific audience. The length of the essay must not exceed 1.000 words and it must not already have been published, or be awaiting publication, in print or online. Contributions can be submitted as an email attachment (preferably as a PDF) to Please do not give your name in the essay, but mention your name as well as the title of your essay in the e-mail. Deadline has been extended to the 30th of September 2015 at 8 pm.

    If you have any questions concerning the WRITING CONTEST do not hesitate to send an e-mail to

    The first prize will recieve a Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation) from Amazon.