Life at the Institute

Working at a research institute is more than biomedical experiments at laboratory benches. Rather, it is networking, getting together, exchanging experiences and spending an exciting time together. That's why the FLI offers myriad after-work events and supplementary activities.

Supplementary Research Activities

FLI Retreat in 2013
FLI Retreat 2013


Once a year, all FLI researchers gather at an external venue for their annual "FLI Retreat". During three days, scientific exchange is fostered in poster presentations and speeches. Keynote speakers from abroad add their perspective to FLI's aging research, thus broadening the discussions. Next to the scientific part, games and dancing help to better get to know each other beyond research groups and projects.

Internal Network Meetings

To better exchange about daily problem solution, challenges and helpful tipps, there are regular meetings of FLI's network groups, such as TA meetings, meetings of the Postdoc Club or the Postdoc Network as well as - started in 2016 - an Alumni meeting.

After-Work Get Together

Barbecue at FLI
FLI Barbecue & Beer

Barbecue & Beer

Since October 2015, all FLI employees have been invited to an institute barbecue at every first thursday a month. Here, employees from both, science and administration, meet after work in an informal setting to get to know privately and relax from working life.

FLI Game Night

As a further socializer event, FLI Game Night takes place once a month, providing a selection of board and card games in German and/or English and inviting all employees to join fun and games.

Seasonal Festivities

Gingerbread House Contest at FLI's Christmas Party
Gingerbread House

Seasonal Festivities

Every year during advent season, the PhD representatives organize an institute Christmas party with snacks, games and dancing. In Summer, an FLI party takes place, offering department-crossing tasks and challenges and nice barbecue for all employees and their families. Sometimes, research groups actively organize additional seasonal events like Halloween Parties.

Works Outing of FLI Core Administration and Science Management

During summer, employees from FLI's core administration and science management join for a works outing - mostly hiking or siteseeing tours in and around Jena - to foster exchange beyond departments and maintain the open-minded atmosphere in core administration and science management.

Sporting & Health Activities

FLI soccer team during the tournament "Fußball macht Freunde"
FLI Soccer Team at "Fußball macht Freunde"

Sporting Groups

A strong spirit needs a healthy body. That's why several FLI sporting groups join to stay fit and have fun, i.e. a volleyball and a soccer team. In 2015, our soccer team gave refugees a warm welcome to Jena by participating in the soccer tournament "Fußball macht Freunde". Furthermore, FLI takes place in the Jena Firmenlauf (triathlon), and employees may attend the sport courses offered by Beutenberg Campus as well.

Rental of Sports Equipment

Since Fall 2014, FLI employees have had the opportunity to rent several sports and games equipment for their individual work time breaks, for group events or retreats. The Management Board strongly supports those "active work breaks". The equipment can be lent at the reception between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.

Health Day

Once a year, a Health Day for all employees is organized at FLI offering trainings and lectures on health care, stress management or healthy food.