Constructor University coordinates European Doctoral Network

Ulrich Kleinekathöfer
Professor Ulrich Kleinekathöfer is the coordinator of the network at Constructor University. (source: Constructor University)

Ten European partnering institutions and companies participate in the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Doctoral Network entitled Photosynthetic Antennas in a Computational Microscope: Training a new generation of computational scientists (PhotoCaM). PhotoCaM will be coordinated by Constructor University in Bremen, Germany, with vice-coordination by the University of Patras, Greece.

With a total budget of about 2,6 Million Euro, this Doctoral Network aims to implement a joint doctoral program with 10 Doctoral Candidates, each in a different partner organisation from different sectors across Europe, to train a new generation of computational scientists which can treat complex and interdisciplinary problems in light harvesting at a molecular level using theoretical and computational tools. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will stimulate their creativity, enhance their innovation capacities and boost their employability in the long-term.

“The program has been carefully designed to allow all Doctoral Candidates to benefit from a training program in both academic and non-academic environments,” explained Professor Ulrich Kleinekathöfer, coordinator of the network at Constructor University. “The inter-disciplinary insights will help us to achieve new molecular-level understanding of photosynthesis and particularly of how light-harvesting is regulated in photosynthetic organisms. From this we will gain important implications for application areas such as solar cell design or the optimization of crop productivity.”

The program will start in January 2024, applications are already being accepted.

Participating universities, research centers and companies:

  • Constructor University, Bremen, Germany
  • University of Patras, Greece
  • University of Pisa, Italy
  • University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels, Spain
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • FACCTs GmbH, Germany
  • OneAngstrom SAS, France

Further information and application:

Scientific contact:
Ulrich Kleinekathöfer | Professor of Theoretical Physics | +49 421 200-3523


European Union


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