Centre for Biological Signalling Studies

Young Researchers



  • Already as a Ph.D. student, it is important to establish networks early on and to orient yourself in the culture of your field of research. We work together with SGBM (Spemann Graduate School for Biology and Medicine) to provide doctorate students with the opportunity to attend relevant joint seminars and workshops. We also involve them in the organisation of conferences, such as the Symposium “Signalling Meets Synthetic Biology” in 2010.
  • Every two weeks BIOSS organises a seminar as an additional platform for its interdisciplinary teams to discuss their research and regularly present results.
  • Maintaining a work-life balance is important for establishing and maintaining friendships with other researchers. BIOSS members get together once a month at the Faculty Club in the heart of Freiburg to relax in a casual atmosphere, get to know each other better and improve business contacts.
  • The administration at BIOSS helps its members when moving to Freiburg, assisting them with finding a place to live and helping them to register as citizens of Freiburg at the Registration Office (Bürgeramt).


Professional Development


  • BIOSS keeps its researchers up-to-date regarding relevant funding programmes and helps them to apply for and administrate new projects.
  • BIOSS can provide financial support for participating in seminars and professional development courses which can be relevant for researchers’ careers.
  • BIOSS is always on the lookout for practice-oriented training courses for junior group leaders in project management and science and research management and also organises its own workshops.




  • BIOSS has always supported the University of Freiburg's team at the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine), which is held every year at MIT in Boston. iGEM is the largest scientific competition in synthetic biology and was designed exclusively for students from all over the world. The goal of iGEM is to alter the DNA of a biological system so it can fulfil a new intended function. Competitors work with biological parts to create molecular machines that are potentially useful to humans. The University of Freiburg’s Software Team has also been competing at the iGEM since 2009.


The Freiburg IGEM Teams’ Wall of Fame:

2016 - The Freiburg iGEM team (16 students) won a gold medal in Boston.


2015 - The Freiburg iGEM team (18 students) won a gold medal in Boston.

             They were also nominated for Best Innovation in Medicine, Overgrad, Best Wiki, Overgrad, and for Best Presentation, Overgrad.


2014 - The Freiburg iGEM team (18 students) won a gold medal in Boston.


2013 - The Freiburg iGEM team (21 students) won the

            “Best Foundational Advance” at the iGEM competition in Boston and a gold medal.

             They were qualified for the Boston iGEM competition with a second-place finish at the European
             championships in Lyon, France and were awarded with the best “New Engineered BioBrick”, a
             biological component of their system, as well as for the best team picture.


2012 - The Freiburg iGEM team (16 students) won a

            special prize for the most innovative BioBrick part at the European Jamboree in Amsterdam
            and were qualified for this year’s final iGEM competition in Boston, where they won a gold medal.


2011 - The Freiburg iGEM team (7 students) won a

            gold medal at the European Jamboree in Amsterdam


2010 – The Freiburg Bioware team (20 students) won the

             Award for the Best Health or Medicine Project and a gold medal.

             The Freiburg Software team (3 students) won a silver medal.



2009 – The Freiburg Bioware team (14 students) was a finalist

             and won a gold medal and two special awards.

             The Freiburg Software Team (3 students) participated for the first time

             and won a silver medal.



2008 – The Freiburg team (9 students) was a Finalist and the 1st Runner Up and won a gold medal.