Integrated Research Training Group (IGK)

The Integrated Research Training Group (Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg, IGK) at CRC 644 promoted the doctoral students among its research associates as well as a number of unaffiliated members. In addition to supporting the individual dissertation projects, the IGK aimed to help the doctoral students acquire additional academic qualifications. An important component was the interdisciplinary exchange between its members: the dissertation seminar met regularly during the semester, and the annual summer school provided another forum for in-depth discussion of the individual projects. The IGK also enabled its members to acquire additional qualifications in various areas by participating in workshops and training programs; such qualifications included methods of academic writing, presenting, and publishing as well as the use of various forms of IT. In addition, the IGK seeked to support the doctoral students in the development of research ideas, the planning and organization of symposia, and their teaching. By inviting visiting researchers and facilitating exchanges with universities abroad, the IGK helped the graduates to broaden their international horizons.