On 1 November 2007, the very first student of the special German Doctoral Student Programme at CERN (Wolfgang Gentner Scholarships) began his work, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Gentner Programme, which is based on cooperation between BMBF, CERN and DESY, the regular meeting of students and their supervisors held on 25 October 2017 was dedicated to celebrating this event.
Guest speaker Thomas Roth from BMBF highlighted the success of the programme, and the first "Gentner Doktor", who is now working at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), gave some insights into his time as a Gentner Doctoral Student and his later career. Students' presentations and a poster session completed the programme for the “Gentner Day”.
Students, university supervisors and CERN groups are benefiting greatly from the Gentner Programme, which was recently extended by 3 + 3 years until 2023, with a significant increase in funding.
See also the article published last year about the arrival of the 100th student.