New doctoral students and advanced master students will receive a one-week compact training seminar for all important basics regarding biradicals. The seminar will be held at the start of the funding period of the Research Training School 2112. All content of this seminar will be made available for future students using an online course at WueCampus. In the events of the compact seminar, different technical basics are taught in concentrated form. By small group sizes, the individual participants can establish contacts with other students of the Research Training school at an early stage, which is crucial for possible collaborations in the future
The graduate students can acquire various interdisciplinary skills during their doctoral phase. These include internships in groups of other university teachers. For example, the GRK2112 enables the students to learn about spectroscopic methods that are not available in their own group and to develop in-depth knowledge in that area. This mutual competence acquisition between theoretical and experimental working groups seems particularly important.
The PhD students of the GRK 2112 receive various key qualifications as part of their education.
An important current topic is good scientific practice. Many doctoral students are unsettled by the public reports on plagiarism and violations of copyright in doctoral theses. We therefore want to teach them important rules for writing scientific papers, dissertations and how to responsibly deal with data backups. Other topics include communication or conflict resolution. To improve their presentation skills, short presentations will be analyzed and critically monitored. The thematic selection of the key qualifications will be made in coordination with the students.
The members of the GRK meet regularly for a three-day workshop outside the university, where the students report and discuss the progress of their work in short lectures of about 20 minutes. An accompanying poster session promotes critical discussions of the results. A special focus is the networking aspect between the individual projects, so that new collaborations between the doctoral students and the individual groups are initiated. In addition, the retreats are also used to convey key qualifications.
Selected fellows will be given internships with renowned research groups during the doctoral phase. The students can make important contacts that can be of value for their future career and get involved in special research topics.
The most important component of the qualification concept of the GRK 2112 during the semester is a lecture series. A special feature of the lecture series is its three-stage structure, which meets the wishes of the students to be better prepared for specialized lectures.
A guest lecture is embedded in a cycle that begins with the preparatory presentation by a student. He gives an introduction to the field of work one week before the guest speaker's scientific talk. Participation is open to junior researchers only. The invited speaker himself gives two lectures. It starts with a talk, which should have a lecture character and to which only doctoral candidates, postdocs and students are admitted, that means the project leaders are excluded. With this we want to facilitate an open discussion. The next day is followed by the main lecture, which is public.
Most of the chemists and physicists work in research and development departments of companies after graduation. Therefore the GRK 2112 regularly invites speakers from industry. Currently, we were able to invite speakers from industry (Evonik Industries AG, Knauf Gips KG) and publishers (Nachrichten der Chemie), who showed interesting aspects of their careers and came into discussion with the colleagues. Some of these events are organized in cooperation with the GDCh-Ortsverband Unterfranken and the Jungchemikerforum Würzburg, to offer this opportunity to all students.
The PhD students of the GRK should report on their research at international conferences, since the ability to present their own work represents a central qualification for young scientists. It is intended that each doctoral candidate presents his results not only at the GRK seminars but also at national and international scientific conferences. For example, during the GRK2112 symposium, some of the colleagues were able to present their results to renowned researchers and discuss them.
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