Graduate School HGNI


Hannover Graduate School for Neurosciences, Infection Medicine and Veterinary Sciences

Students at Workshop Zoonoses
Workshop Zoonoses
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Why attend the HGNI?

After several years of studing veterinary medicine, biology or other life sciences it is worth asking the question why students should go on investing time, money, and work into their further education.

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Here are the answers:

  • Advanced training in a discipline or profession will give you greater flexibility on the job market. You can move to different jobs within your field or change your career entirely, taking with you the knowledge and strategic skills you have acquired.
  • A graduate degree can help you improve your professional position economically or in terms of responsibility.
  • A graduate degree like the PhD is required for going into certain professions.
  • Last but not least: a graduate degree can give you personal satisfaction and confidence deriving from advanced learning.
Course Histology
Histology Course
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The HGNI offers a structured doctoral training in the form of research-focused doctoral studies, intensive individual supervision of thesis projects, as well as preparing doctoral students for positions in interdisciplinary and international research contexts.

Structural concept of the HGNI

Doctoral studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine take place within three structured programmes:

For a personal consultation appointment please contact the HGNI management:

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Behrens or the HGNI office

Structural concept of the HGNI

The HGNI provides the overarching roof of three different PhD programmes: “Systems Neuroscience”, “Animal and Zoonotic Infections”, and “Veterinary Research and Animal Biology”. The PhD students have different backgrounds: They finished the TiHo Master programme "Animal Biology and Biomedical Sciences", the studies of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover or other national faculties or they come from other life sciences offered by universities throughout the world.

HGNI governance structure
HGNI governance structure
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HGNI executive board


  • Prof. Dr. Peter Valentin-Weigand

Vice Director

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Beineke

Programme speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Holger Volk (PhD programme Systems Neuroscience)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Lepenies (PhD programme Veterinary Research and Animal Biology)
  • Prof. Dr. Silke Rautenschlein, PhD (PhD programme Animal and Zoonotic Infections)

Scientific staff representative

  • Ina Leiter, PhD

Students' representative

  • Samira Görig

Advisory members:

HGNI management

  • Prof. Dr. Beatrice Behrens

Vice president for research

  • Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. Ursula Siebert

Official HGNI statutes

Official statutes of the Hannover Graduate School for Neurosciences, Infection Medicine and Veterinary Sciences (HGNI)

The members of the HGNI form the general meeting. The tasks of the general meeting are fixed in the order for the HGNI.

HGNI Ordnung (Verkündungsblatt 288/2021 of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, 06.01.2022)
HGNI Ordnung (English)