Altogether, in March 2020 we could report about 590 peer-reviewed publications and patents published by 104 finished or almost finished students. 56% of them were first-author publications. 22% of them had more than one EC2/BIG-NSE author, which underlines the high level of collaboration between our students. An even higher percentage of these papers (43%) were the result of collaboration between different UniCat groups.
Many of the EC2/BIG-NSE publications were published in journals with a high impact factor (Ref: 2018/2019): See figure on the right side.
In the last years, each student has published almost five publications during or just after her/his PhD. On average, our BIG-NSE alumni have published 1,4 publications per year of their PhD. However, many of these papers get published after the student has left the school. Moreover, there are high disparities in the publication numbers per student, in particular due to the high level of interdisciplinary research in the cluster. While some PhD students manage to produce up to 20 papers related to their PhD topics (usually biologists, especially those working on spectroscopy), only a few of them (in particular engineers) have to struggle to publish at least one.
By March 2020, the same 104 PhD students had given at least* 111 talks in Germany and 54 abroad. Five of these talks received a special prize. This means that on average our students giveone talk in Germany during their PhD studies, but only every second student gives a talk abroad. In terms of posters, 204 were presented at conferences in Germany by these same students, and 72 abroad. This means that our students present an average of two posters at conferences in Germany, and almost one per student abroad. Three of these posters were awarded.
* Unfortunately, many of our alumni do not answer the question about the talks they gave or the posters they presented during their PhD. Therefore, the real figures are certainly higher those given here.