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Alumni IAMO Association

In 2014, the association "Alumni of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) Halle" e.V. was founded. The purpose of the association can be summarized in four goals:

  • promotion and support of information exchange and cooperation between former and current employees and friends/supporters of IAMO
  • promotion and support of the dialogue between science, business, and politics, among others, through stimulating research ideas and projects as well as knowledge exchange
  • promotion and support of IAMO’s scientific PR activities
  • fostering relations between IAMO and partner institutions in Germany and abroad


  • developing and maintaining a network among IAMO, alumni, and supporters
  • supporting IAMO‘s staff in their academic and non-academic careers
  • supporting IAMO‘s efforts to acquire exceptional scientific personnel, especially junior scientists
  • providing a platform for information exchange and discussion
  • developing an alumni database and webpage
  • publication of a newsletter
  • acquisition of external project funds

IAMO Alumni Talk – Podcast

The IAMO Alumni Podcast has been developed in the context of the promotion of young researchers and focuses on the subject of career planning and development. The discussions are usually conducted by a PhD student of the institute. The podcast aims to make career paths of former and current IAMO researchers visible and to introduce professional areas within and outside the academic sector.

1. episode

The talk will focus on the planning and predictability of career paths, on differences between the German and Chinese higher education systems and on a very special challenge: learning the German language.

2. episode

Discussion about planned and not so planned career paths, about promotion at IAMO as well as about challenges and opportunities of an academic education that should prepare the candidates also for a job market outside research. Important soft skills and perspectives of foreign scientists are also discussed.

3. episode

Discussion about the challenge of balancing strategic career and family planning, the need to always have a plan B and the immense importance of having your own academic network.

Here you can listen to all podcast episodes:
>> Anchor
>> Spotify

Prize of the Alumni IAMO e.V.

With this award, the IAMO Alumni Association recognizes outstanding achievements of staff members and scholarship holders, but also special services to the community and the further development of IAMO.

Further information about the concept (German, Pdf)


  • 2023: Franziska Schaft
    Extract from the nomination: “We believe her actions have greatly contributed to the development of IAMO. Her dedication helps create togetherness and connection between colleagues and enhances IAMO as an approachable institution. With her commitment to supporting doctoral researchers, she definitely goes far and beyond her ordinary work tasks. For example, Franziska selflessly leads collective initiatives intended to advance the functioning of IAMO, improving the status quo for all our colleagues.”
  • 2022: Special-Award to Dr. Inna Levkovych and Dr. Vasyl Kvartiuk from the initiative “Save Ukraine”
    Extract from the laudatory speech: “In the current difficult and certainly desperate situation in Ukraine, our Ukrainian colleagues in Halle have bundled the Ukraine commitment at IAMO and given it a face. Donations in kind and money were collected, accommodation was offered and arranged, visits to the authorities were accompanied, and much more. This has expressed a living solidarity, a togetherness between Ukrainian and German colleagues, and great cohesion in these difficult times.”
  • 2022: PhD Council
    Extract from the laudatory speech: “The PHD council has institutionalized the advocacy for the interests and rights of the PHD students at the institute and at the same time promotes exchange amongst all PHD students beyond departments.”
  • 2021: Dr. Zhanli “Jerry” Sun
    Extract from the laudatory speech: “Jerry is not only a knowledgeable colleague but also a very fine person to communicate with. He organises quite a number of social activities outside of the academic life, e.g. excursions or Chinese New Year festivals. His special interest is devoted to the integration of newly arrived Chinese colleagues at IAMO and daily life in Halle.”

Activity archive

  • 04.-07.09.2023 International IAMO-Alumni training for research managers 2023
  • 23.06.2023   General Meeting at IAMO and virtual
  • 01.09.2022   IAMO Career Talk. Career decisions after the doctorate at IAMO with Dr. Andreas Gramzow from the GFA Consulting Group. Mr Gramzow coordinates the bilateral cooperation projects for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMBF), also known as the Agricultural Policy Dialogues.
  • 24.06.2022   General Meeting at IAMO and virtual
  • 20-24.06.2022 International IAMO-Alumni Summer School 2022 “Research and innovation for sustainable rural development”
  • 24.09.2021   General Meeting at IAMO and virtual
  • 25.09.2020   General Meeting at IAMO and virtual
  • 28.06.2019   General Meeting at IAMO
  • 27.12.2018   IAMO Alumni Night at Café Brohmers in Halle (Saale) - Exchange of IAMO alumni and employees on their own research and possible career paths
  • 30.08.2018   IAMO Career Talk. Career paths after graduation
  • 29.06.2018   General Meeting
  • 24.08.2017   IAMO Career Talk. Career paths after graduation – What do alumni say? at IAMO
  • 23.06.2017   General Meeting at IAMO
  • 12.-16.09.2016   DAAD-Summer School for International Alumni "Legal and Economic Challenges for Sustainable Food Security in the 21st Century" at IAMO and at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 24.06.2016   General Meeting at IAMO
  • 15.01.2016   Workshop at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • 19.06.2015   General Meeting at IAMO
  • 16.01.2015   Workshop at the Headquarters of the Leibniz Association, Berlin

Members of the Board of the Association

In office since June 2017


			Marianne Müller-Albinsky

Marianne Müller-Albinsky

Research Administrator
Room: 252

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Alumni IAMO Association "Alumni des Leibniz-Institutes für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO) Halle" e.V.
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2
06120 Halle (Saale)
alumni(at) │ LinkedIn: Alumni-IAMO

Registered Association Number:
Amtsgericht Stendal VR 4047
Tax number: 110/142/01167

Banking Details
Commerzbank AG / Filiale Halle
IBAN: DE02 8008 0000 0850 1300 00

Further Information

You want to become a member? Here you can find more information and the membership application. In German only.

Here is an overview of IAMO's alumni network: