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IAMO PhD Council

About 50 scientists are currently doing their doctorates at IAMO. They have their own elected representation, the IAMO PhD Council. The IAMO PhD Council represents the interests of all doctoral researchers at IAMO. The goals are to strengthen the rights and opportunities of doctoral researchers at the Institute and foster exchange between them.


The PhD Council organises regular meetings of doctoral researchers, where they discuss issues related to PhD life at IAMO and in Halle (Saale). Key topics include working consitions at IAMO, the enrolment at the university, the choice of PhD courses, examination procedures and career opportunities. The PhD Copuncil cooperates with different interest groups at IAMO (Staff Council, Equality Opportunities Commissioner, Graduate School Coordinator, ...).

The IAMO PhD Council is also active in the Leibniz PhD Network which represents the interests of doctoral researchers at the level of the Leibniz Association and promotes exchange among PhD candidates of different Leibniz Institutes. If you are interested to participate in the work of the network, please let us know.

Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the PhD Council via e-mail at PhDcouncil(at) or call/visit us personally.

Election and Members of the PhD Council

Once in a year, all doctoral researchers at IAMO elect the members of the PhD Council which usually consists of a spokesperson and a deputy spokesperson for each research department. The current PhD Council consists of:


Department Agricultural Markets

Junzhe Hu (Spokesperson)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-133

Laura Moritz / Maximilian Müller (Deputy Spokespersons)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-249 / 240
moritz(at) / mmueller(at)

Department Structural Change

Samuel Brea Martinez-Collado (Spokesperson)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-136

Atabek Umirbekov (Deputy Spokesperson)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-338

Department Agricultural Policy

Johnson Kansiime (Spokesperson)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-139

Lucia Batereanu (Deputy Spokesperson)
Tel.: +49 345 2928-130