Z02/IRTG: Integrated Research Training Group
We propose to establish an Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) within (AC)³ to support young researchers (Phd students and Postdocs) in their development of scientific independence, and prepare them for positions in academia, industry, in various fields, or in administration. The qualification programme planned within the IRTG will help to deepen their knowledge and skills of young researchers
and promote their independence.
The experience of phase I has showed, that the (AC)³ partners have different scientific foci in graduate education. To strengthen the education of doctoral candidates and Postdocs within (AC)³, we propose to combine and consolidate the graduate education in (AC)³ in a joint IRTG. This overarching IRTG will support the qualification of all participating doctoral candidates and Postdocs. The IRTG will synergastically combine the strengths of all participating universities and non-university institutes. Within the frame of the IRTG, we will establish (i) a comprehensive interdisciplinary scientific training programme with a curriculum of (AC)³ related topics, (ii) a joint supervision concept, and (iii) an internal grants programme for doctoral students. The quality assurance of the research work will be assured and controlled by a supervision committee based on a respective supervision agreement. The involvement of a broad range of various scientific disciplines in (AC)³ approached by courses on key topics organised by the IRTG which are tailored to the members’ project stages. While most activities will be prepared by (AC)³ principal investigators (PIs), which guarantees the transfer of new knowledge gained in the (AC)³ project into bachelor and master programmes of the partner universities, several of the activities within the IRTG will be complemented by Mercator Fellows and external experts in the field of Arctic climate research. The regular scientific curriculum, the crosscutting activities, and the annual retreat will address overarching topics and support the direct communication within the (AC)³ project. It will familiarise the young scientists in the individual projects with methodological approaches taken in (AC)³. The IRTG will ensure high quality standards in education and training, and will promote a close cooperation with the different local graduate schools of the (AC)³ partners. It will complement the existing local PhD graduate schools through a project specific training programme. One of the main aims of the IRTG is to provide structured guidance. A strictly coordinated supervision strategy will ensure transparent organisational structure with clearly deined responsibilities. Furthermore, a comprehensive and controlled quality management will be installed. In addition to the training and supervision concept, the IRTG will support networking and develop an independent scientific profile through different activities with an internal grant programme. Funding will
be provided for stays abroad, to invite internationally distinguished speaker, for mentoring, and public for outreach activities.
The IRTG will, in strict conidentiality, set up a central contact point for doctoral candidates in case of any question or problems. The coordinator of the IRTG, jointly with the PIs, will organise the programme, and the application process for internal grants. The coordinator will also be the link to the Scientific Steering Team (SST) for reporting on the current status of the doctoral candidates. The IRTG programme will be tailored to the specific needs of doctoral candidates. With the support of the supervision committee, a survey organised by the IRTG and the feedback of the student representative, specific training needs of doctoral candidates will identified and accommodated.
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Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch
University of Leipzig
Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM)
Prof. Dr. Justus Notholt
University of Bremen
Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell
University of Cologne
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM)