The IRTG 1830 has developed an outstanding training environment for graduate students in the area of membrane biology and related fields. PhD guidance committees will consist of two local members and one professor from Edmonton to facilitate coordinated research and education, and to ensure high international standards. All trainees will complete a research stay of at least six months at the partner institution and, international workshops will further facilitate the integration of graduates into the scientific community. We plan to evolve into a joint degree programme, through which graduates will earn a PhD degree granted cooperatively by both sides. Scientists from major international and national research centers will be invited to present lectures and seminars. Practical training courses, events independently organized by the trainees and soft skill modules will complete the qualification of our graduates for leading positions in academia, research institutes and industry.
Within the scope of the graduate research school the following offers are made:
Exchange of PhD students between the partner institutions will be a mandatory part of our structured training programme. Each participating working group in Germany has at least one working group in Canada with similar research interests and thus every PhD student will be able to identify the appropriate lab for his/her research focus. The duration of the temporary employment abroad will last at least six months, preferably at a stretch. During their stay at the partner institution, graduates are part of the MPRDG training environment in the area of membrane biology consisting of weekly research seminars, Membrane Protein Journal Clubs, and guest seminars and will be supervised by the respective Canadian member of their guidance committee. Students working abroad can participate in most events via e-teaching. The visits would be designed to provide sufficient time to learn specific research techniques and to allow the opportunity to experience research in a foreign environment.
In addition to the exchange of students between partner institutions, the IRTG will offer the possibility of visiting laboratories outside its locations, national and international. To this end, the participant and the responsible lecturer will supply a short statement of intent in the preparation phase and a more detailed report after the visit. Furthermore, we will support participation in national or international congresses with posters or/and lectures with grants.
Mandatory interactive seminars will represent an essential part of our training programme. Graduates are supposed to choose the topics and format and they are involved in an active discussion with the instructors to ensure efficient development and progress through problem-orientated learning.
Within the framework of our visiting researcher programme graduates may invite guests who they anticipate will support their own research/education. Graduates will be actively involved in the selection, invitation and on-the-spot support of the guests and we will create a wealth of interaction possibilities with the guests in order to establish new personal relations. Aside from these regular guest seminars we will also invite high-ranking scientists to our symposia and we aim to invite guest scientists for long-term visits. Our visiting researcher programme will also contain “Alumni days”, which had been exceedingly successful within the RTG 845. For this we invite alumni (in the beginning from the RTG 845 and the MPDRG, later from the IRTG) for talks and information on their career development.
All Canadian and German IRTG members will meet annually at a jointly organized symposium, by turns in Canada and Germany. If applicable these meetings will be organized as satellite workshops of other national or international meetings and further guest speakers will be invited. By this our trainees will meet some of the world`s best researchers on membrane proteins.
To allow trainees from medical schools and biological departments insights into research beyond the classical boarders and to develop a group of researchers with international contacts in medical research, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, the IRTG will organize excursions to hospitals, research institutes and pharmaceutical industry.
During methodological workshops the students will present and discuss the methods required for their experiments with their colleagues. This will allow graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to broaden their horizon supporting their development and career.
Every participating lab will offer practical training courses where the graduates will learn new techniques and therefore gain knowledge beneficial for their projects and consistent with their special aptitudes. Of course, graduates may also attend practical courses and research visits in non-member-labs, if appropriate.
Within the additional qualification module the IRTG 1830 offers a diversified programme of state-of-the-art soft skill courses such as Scientific Writing, Time and Self Management, Project Management, Communication, Moderation and Presentation Techniques, Conflict Management, Career Planning, University Didactics, Business Etiquette, Leadership Training and training courses on managing and achieving research. Training courses on research involving animal experiments will also be included, since knowledge in this area will be expected from our alumni in nearly all possible fields of their further career. Graduates are expected to propose events fulfilling their interests and requirements of their own. We also aim to train our students in the rules of good scientific practice and offer professional English courses to our German and foreign graduates in order to qualify them for the international job market.