here is the link for visiting the MPI Marburg virtually 🙂

It Ma(t)Ters is a great platform for PhD students and early scientists in the field of microbiology to promote their research, exchange ideas, discuss science, and extend their network in a professional and casual atmosphere.

A map of MPI for Marine Microbiology (Bremen) and MPI Terrestrial Microbiology (Marburg, 290 km apart)

The It Ma(t)Ters Conference started in 2017 as an initiative from PhD students from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Marburg) and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen). This conference is organized by PhD students and for PhD students and has since facilitated many fruitful scientific discussions in a lively and interactive environment between the different researchers and institutes.

It Ma(t)Ters 2021

It Ma(t)Ters 2021 took place online due to Corona restrictions. Nevertheless, we had a lively exchange with lots of great science and social activities!

Best oral presenters voted by the audience:

Luca Schulz and Benedikt Geier


Best poster presenters voted by the audience:

Dennis Jakob and Marie-Caroline Müller


Best elevator pitchers voted by Max-Planck jury:

Tolganay Kabdullayeva and Anneke Heins

Fun times in splendid weather at the Bremer Stadtmusikanten during It Ma(t)Ter(s) 2020. Photo: MPIMM PhDreps 2019/20

The Max Planck Society operates in 84 Max Planck Institutes all over Germany as well as abroad. The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-Ma) in Bremen and the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (MPI-Ter) in Marburg are the only two institutes dedicated exclusively to microbiology. While the focus of the two institutes differs in terms of their environmental classifications, both of their research aims are to increase our knowledge on how microorganisms function and contribute to important processes on our planet. To combine the knowledge of the two institutes, to establish new collaborations, and to network and discuss fascinating cutting-edge science, the It Ma(t)Ters Conference was initiated. The first conference took place in Marburg and ever since, the host institute switches every year.



Impressions from previous years