To ensure the quality of the PhD project, doctoral candidates sign a PhD agreement with the IGZ, which includes rights and responsibilities of both parties.
PhD students elected representatives, who are communicating needs, ideas and wishes of the students to the IGZ Executive board. At the moment, Rebecca Klopsch represents the PhD students at IGZ.
During the early postdoc phase, the IGZ supports the early scientific independence.
In 2012 a junior professorship was established in cooperation with the University Potsdam. Prof Susanne Baldermann meanwhile became full Professor, again at University Potsdam together with IGZ.
In 2016 the Junior Research Group, headed by Dr Susanne Neugart was succesfully evaluated for another three years.
Another Junior Research Group headed by Dr Franziska Hanschen is financed by the Leibniz funding Programme `Leibniz – Best Minds´. This Group started working in January 2018.
Together with the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, the IGZ has initiated amaster course in Plant Research Management. Not only the FH Erfurt and the IGZ, but also the horticultural practice have a great interest in this innovative degree program.