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09/02/20

15 new trainees had their first day at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Mülheim

15 new trainees had their first day at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Mülheim

Laboratory assistants are in demand in times of coronavirus: they make a significant contribution to achieving desired test capacities. Now, 15 young people had their first day of training at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Mülheim, twelve of them will be working in the laboratory. During their apprenticeship, they will be taught various physical and chemical analysis techniques, which are supplemented by in-house lessons and practical work. The apprentices will also work in two scientific departments in which they will be involved in research projects. In Corona times, the trainers now use the large lecture halls at the institute to organize the lessons. In the past few months, they have also used digital training opportunities. "We sent our trainees numerous emails and made the best use of the possibilities of a digital whiteboard," says Petra Wedemann, Head of Training at the MPI für Kohlenforschung. But the practical work with experiments in the teaching laboratory cannot of course be replaced by a Zoom conference. "We are now adapting the group sizes precisely to the laboratory space and fortunately have an excellent exhaust air system."

After a tour through the institutes, the group met for a photo session in the cafeteria garden on the Mülheim Chemistry Campus. Training manager Patricia Malkowski from the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion explained: “We are very happy to welcome the new trainees with us. And we would also be very happy to receive applications for the coming apprenticeship year. There are still some free places and we can only encourage interested students to apply to us now for the start of training in 2021. Then hopefully there will be another group picture without social distancing."
 

More about the apprentice-program of the Kohlenforschung.

Photo: Hobirk, MPI für Chemische Energiekonversion