The Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Gabriella Lundkvist, is head of the scientific service teams and is responsible for providing an extensive variety of services to the institute’s researchers, ranging from strategic recruitments for several key positions at the institute to managing the core facilities. The Scientific Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the upkeep of current, and implementing new, supporting infrastructure and staff organization. In this capacity, the Scientific Coordinator also to some extent manages central lab logistics, as well as interacts with the Max Planck Society headquarters in Munich and with local, national and international network partners. Dr. Lundkvist is an Alumna from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and has a background in Neuroscience and University pedagogics.
The Scientific Coordinator collaborates closely with the Head of Administration on management issues and personnel tasks, and assists the Managing Director in scientific administrative tasks. The Scientific Coordinator also implements a number of key measures and new initiatives to improve internal communication, quality control and graduate education. Therefore, the Scientific Coordinator works in close collaboration with the PR Office (Dr. Annegret Burkert and Katharina Link), Dr. Ralf Petri (PR and Career Office), the EU Liaison officer (Salvatore Angilletta) and the graduate school coordinator (Dr. Daniela Morick).
One central communication channel is the Coordinators' Meeting, which is a forum where all Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing employees in a coordinative position can meet to exchange information, discuss issues of general interest, and suggest measures to improve the overall running of the Institute.
Another recent way of improving the information flow are regular meetings with all Core Facility members. On these meetings issues are discussed and presented that concern all Core Facilities.
Mentoring & teaching
The Scientific Coordinator also initiated a hands-on mentoring system aimed at junior scientists to help them optimize their career development opportunities. This mentoring programme comprises regular one-to-one meetings between mentor and researcher and focuses on identifying any impediments to progress, as well as defining training needs.
Importantly, the Scientific Coordinator is actively involved in supporting MPI-AGE postdocs and graduate students by, together with the colleagues in the institute Career Network, arranging career days and "soft skill" courses. Another important role is to serve as an advisor for young scientists in need of an extra mentor when needed.
Finally, the Scientific Coordinator is taking on graduate training tasks such as teaching and workshop organization at the institute.