The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Z∙I∙G∙S -- ZFMK International Graduate School



The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig is internationally recognized by its strong collection-based basic and applied biodiversity research. Aspects of research conducted at ZFMK cover classical taxonomy, systematics, morphology, genomics, speciation research, evolution, species distribution modeling and various aspects of biodiversity assessments and monitoring. With its biodiversity assessment and monitoring research it links collection-based, species-focused research with ecosystem studies and services.

In these research fields, the ZFMK International Graduate School (ZIGS) offers structured mentoring and supervision for PhD students. The goal of this program is to support early steps in a scientific career and help to develop personally tailored options.

In order to achieve this goal, we offer an accompanying program of seminar series, lectures, practicals and soft skill workshops. These activities are organized in time block structures with obligatory and facultative courses in order to fit into the usually tight schedules of many research projects. By opening the training program to all young scientists at ZFMK, every Master and Bachelor student, as well as Post-Doctoral researchers, may also benefit from the Graduate School.

ZIGS will start officially in 2019 and this page will be updated soon.



Contact person

Scientific Referee & Graduate School Coordination
(Former GBOL & FREDIE Project Coordination )
+49 228 9122-258
+49 228 9122-212
m.geiger [at]