Z02/IRTG: Integrated Research Training Group


16 August 2022

The IRTG travel grants have been expanded to more diverse purposes and are called IRTG Internal Grants Programme from now on. The call for applications within the IRTG Internal Grants Programme is open from now on. Please send your application for travels, invited guests or outreach activities, including motivation, support of your supervisor and a cost estimate to the IRTG coordinator. The call text, the application form and the report template can be found below in the downloads section.


15 December 2021

Call for application within our IRTG travel grants is open now. Please send your applicatioon, including motivation, support of your supervisor and a cost estimate to the IRTG coordinator. The call text can be downloaded here. You can find the application form and report template below in the downloads section.

IRTG Events and Lectures

The (AC)³ IRTG offers a training programme, which addresses the contents of the (AC)³ project. On the basis of the existing structures at the (AC)³ partners, a qualification programme is developed, aiming at broadening and deepening scientific skills, adjusting the different knowledge of the early career researchers on a high level, and integrating croscutting topics in the IRTG programme.

Meetings and events withing the (AC)³ IRTG:

  • Online Kick-Off meeting, 10 June 2020
  • Online ‘Get to Know’ meeting, 23 June 2020
  • Online ‘Discussion on Needs’ meeting, 17 Aug 2020
  • PhD Kick-off meeting, Cologne, 7-9 Oct 2020, »more info
  • Online Workshop on ‘Time and Self-Management’, Kristina Boehlke (KEPOS), 17/18 Dec 2020 & 28/29 Jan 2021, »part I & »part II
  • Online Workshop on ‘Conflict Management for PhD candidates’, Dr. Neela Enke, 24/25 March 2021, »more info
  • Online Workshop on ‘Conflict Management for PostDocs’, Dr. Neela Enke, 29/31 March 2021, »more info
  • PhD retreat (Open Space), Potsdam, 28 Oct 2021, »more info
  • Workshop on ‘Resilience’, Julia Schwarzer-Wild (Wild Consulting), Bad Honnef, 10 May 2022, »more info
  • PhD retreat (Open Space), Bad Honnef, 11 May 2022, »more info

Online Lectures within the (AC)³ IRTG:

  • #1: Arctic Climate System (Manfred Wendisch, UNI-L), 06 July 2020, »abstract
  • #2: Clouds and Radiation (Kerstin Ebell, UNI-K), 3 Aug 2020, »abstract
  • #3: Feedback Mechanisms (Johannes Quaas, UNI-L), 7 Sept 2020, »abstract
  • #4: Arctic Sea Ice and the MOSAiC Campaign (Gunnar Spreen, UNI-B), 19 Oct 2020, »abstract
  • #5: Introduction to Research Data Management (Matthias Buschmann, UNI-B), 9 Nov 2020, »abstract
  • #6: Arctic Ocean Circulation (Torsten Kanzow, AWI-B), 7 Dec 2020, »abstract
  • #7: Observations in the Arctic Ocean (Monika Rhein, UNI-B), 11 January 2021, »abstract
  • #8: Ocean Modelling (Marc Salzmann, UNI-L), 1 Feb 2021, »abstract
  • #9: Ocean Color Remote Sensing (Astrid Bracher, AWI-B), 01 March 2021, »abstract
  • #11: Arctic Halogens (Anne Blechschmidt, UNI-B), 3 May 2021, »abstract
  • #12: Satellites in the Arctic (Marco Vountas, UNI-B), 07 June 2021, »abstract
  • #13: Cloud remote sensing (André Ehrlich, UNI-L), 5 July 202, »abstract
  • #10: Ice nucleation and ice nucleating particles in the Arctic (Frank Stratmann, TROPOS), 6 Sept 202, »abstract
  • #14: What Every Atmospheric Scientist Should Know About Inverse Modelling (Maximilian Maahn, UNI-L), 8 Nov 2021, »abstract
  • #15: Atmospheric water cycle variables from space (Susanne Crewell, UNI-K), 6 Dec 2021, »abstract
  • #16: The story of high-resolution modelling of mixed-phase clouds… and how this can help us for climate and weather models (Vera Schemann, UNI-K), Monday, 10 Jan 2022, »abstract
  • #17: Aerosol Modelling (Ina Tegen, TROPOS), 7 February 2022, »abstract
  • #18: The impact of Arctic climate changes on weather and climate in mid-latitudes (Dörthe Handorf, AWI-P), 2 May 2022, »abstract
  • #20: The challenge of modelling Arctic aerosol-climate impact (Bernd Heinold, TROPOS), 4 July 2022, »abstract
  • #19: Challenges in climate modeling (Annette Rinke, AWI-P), 5 Sept 2022, »abstract
  • #21: What information about Arctic clouds and precipitation can be gained from radars? – Basic principles and examples (Stefan Kneifel, UNI-K), 10 Oct 2022
  • #22: Arctic Boundary Layers (Roel Neggers, UNI-K), 7 Nov 2022
  • #23: tbd (tbd), 5 Dec 2022
  • #24: Polar boundary layer turbulence and its parametrization (Christof Lüpkes, AWI-B), 9 Jan 2023
  • #25: Multidisciplinary Research on Svalbard (Marion Maturilli, AWI-P), 6 Feb 2023

IRTG Travel Grants Programme

The (AC)³ IRTG Travel Grants are explicitly designed to support networking and scientific exchange. We offer travel funds for, e.g., conference, workshop or training attendance and visits to international or national laboratories in order to expand the scientific knowledge and research network of the IRTG members.

Early career scientists, who successfully applied for a Travel Grant :

  • Moritz Zeising (AWI-B): Research stay at TROPOS, Leipzig, 29 – 30 July 2021
  • Lars Aue (AWI-P): Research stay at FMI, Helsinki, Finland, 15 Nov – 10 Dec 2021
  • Alexander Mchedlishvili (UNI-B): Research stay at UCL, London, UK, 13 March – 28 April 2022
  • Hannah Niehaus (UNI-B): Winter School on Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interaction Processes, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 1 – 6 May 2022
  • Iris Papakonstantinou-Presvelou (UNI-L):  Winter School on Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interaction Processes, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 1 – 6 May 2022
  • Finn Heukamp (AWI-B): Winter School on Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interaction Processes, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 1 – 6 May 2022
  • Moritz Zeising (AWI-B): EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 27 May 2022
  • Zerlina Hofmann (AWI-B): EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 27 May 2022 ∗cancelled∗
  • Melanie Lauer (UNI-K): Research stay at Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, 4 – 13 July 2022
  • Olivia Linke (UNI-L): Research stay at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, 6 July – 1 Sep 2022
  • Theresa Kiszler (UNI-K): Research stay at CIRES, Boulder, USA, 1 -12 Aug 2022
  • Giovanni Chellini (UNI-K): AMS Collective meeting 2022, Madison, WI, USA, 8 – 12 Aug 2022 ∗cancelled∗
  • Benjamin Kirbus (UNI-L): Scientific exchange meeting with project fellows at AWI Potsdam, 15 Sep 2022

Purpose of the IRTG

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.

Structure of the (AC)³ IRTG



Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch

Principal Investigator

University of Leipzig
Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM)
Stephanstr. 3
04103 Leipzig


++49 (0) 341 97 32851



Prof. Dr. Justus Notholt

Principal Investigator

University of Bremen
Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP)
Otto-Hahn-Allee 1
28334 Bremen


++49 (0) 421 218 62190



Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell

Principal Investigator

University of Cologne
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM)
Pohligstr. 3
50969 Cologne


++49 (0) 221 470 5286



Dr. Christa Genz

IRTG coordinator

University of Cologne
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM)
Pohligstr. 3
50969 Cologne


++49 (0) 221 470 4127




Of course, you can get in touch with the IRTG coordinator anytime if any problems arise during your PhD. We will treat your concerns confidentially. However, for serious issues, we initiated the implementation of an Ombudsperson within (AC)³ (further information).




Supervision agreement


Feedback form


Travel grants – call


Travel grants – application form


Travel grants – report template


IRTG Internal Grants – call


IRTG Internal Grants – application form