The module integrated research training group (MGK) provides a vital framework to support doctoral students from the CRC’s subprojects, bringing them into conversation with each other as well as assisting them in completing their doctoral degree. One of the goals of the MGK is to encourage doctoral students to broaden their view beyond the specific requirements of their respective subprojects and to keep in mind the overarching research perspectives pursued in the research network as a whole. This, in turn, promises to give them new impulses for their own work.

The MGK thus addresses the particular challenges that interdisciplinary spatial research poses for young scientists, which include the development and refinement of theoretical concepts and empirical methods, as well as the interdisciplinary collaboration between the engineering and social sciences.

Providing structured yet flexible support as a training and qualification scheme, the MGK takes into account the specific demands and interests of its members. In addition to the individual supervision and support of doctoral students offered by an interdisciplinary team of supervisors as well as a mentoring program, the research training group’s study program provides a shared structure comprised of various qualification activities. The inclusion of international visiting scholars, opportunities for short-term stays at partner institutions abroad, two international graduate workshops and a Visiting Fellow Program further assist doctoral students in establishing national and international networks.

In addition to the doctoral candidates working as research associates within the individual subprojects of the CRC, the MGK is also open to associated doctoral students from CRC partner institutions whose research topics relate to the refiguration of spaces.

The integrated research training group is headed by Prof. Dr. Martina Löw, Dr. Séverine Marguin and Dr. Anna Juliane Heinrich, and supported by Dr. Nina Elsemann, academic coordinator of the CRC.

Research training group representatives: Qusay Amer & Elettra Griesi