CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Module concept of the IRTG 1266

The training programme of the IRTG 1266 is based on the research concept of the CRC, which combines disciplinary and interdisciplinary science both on project-specific and cross-project levels. The doctoral candidates profit from the transparently organized support of their primary and secondary supervisors as well as from the specialized competences within the respective sub-projects. Moreover, the young researchers are introduced to the content-related discourse of the CRC through active participation in interlinking groups, which particularly facilitates lateral thinking and the prospects as well as challenges of interdisciplinary research in theory and praxis.

With targeted qualification and advanced training elements, motivation for interaction in national and international interdisciplinary research networks, as well as regular evaluations of project progress, the IRTG 1266 supports its young scientists during the various phases of the doctoral programme. As a result, during the six semesters optimal conditions are set for the timely completion of the doctoral projects. 

Module concept

During the six semesters, the three-part module concept of the IRTG 1266 accompanies and supports the doctoral candidates with the various phases of their projects through: individual support and evaluation of the research projects, promotion of interdisciplinary lateral thinking and the encouragement of interaction in national and international research networks.​

Module 1: Project supervision and targeted training

This module promotes the progress of the projects on a disciplinary level, regulates participation in specific specialist/technical courses and is directed to the individual development of the graduate students. The Doctoral Supervision Agreement ensures regular interactions between the doctoral candidates and their supervisors as well as the scientific quality and the timely realization of the dissertation projects. 

Activities: Disciplinary training according to individual needs (in agreement with the primary supervisor); sub-project meetings and activities

Courses: Subject-specific colloquia** of the primary supervisors/chairs and courses for advanced candidates (e.g. statistics, OxCal, GIS or data management)

Responsible person(s)/group: Primary and secondary supervisors, sub-project PIs, CRC 1266 PostDocs

**The attendance of these courses is mandatory.

Module 2: “PhDs on track”

Module 2 is a further basic element of the training programme and is implemented for the regular evaluation of dissertation progress. In sessions that are organised according to temporal and content-related intervals, the doctoral students present their results to the expert audience of the CRC and its research network. The doctoral candidates receive feedback on their presentations and valuable content-related impulses for the further development of their research projects. In addition, specific courses related to scientific and personal training are included in this module. 

Activities: Presentation and written short reports (research results, dissertation progress)

Courses: Workshops, courses for scientific and personal training

Responsible person(s)/group: Primary and secondary supervisors, members of the CRC 1266, Graduate Centre of Kiel University     

  • “Transformation begins!”** First internal CRC introductory course with the presentation of the doctoral students’ projects (block course, 2 days). Beforehand, each candidate must submit a short report on current progress, including a dissertation work plan (2 pages, signed by the primary supervisor).
  •  “Transformation in progress…” Freely selectable courses for individual training, e.g. “Presentation Skills”, “Scientific Writing” (in agreement with the primary supervisor). Second internal PhD workshop to reflect on the dissertation progress, including short presentations by the doctoral students (block course, 2 days).
  •  “Transformation takes over!”** To start off or intensify the dissertation writing phase, each candidate must submit a short report on the current state and the planned manuscrpit writing/arcticle submission schedule of his/her doctoral project (2 pages, signed by the primary supervisor).
  •  “Transformation spreads out!”**CRC 1266/GSHDL International Open Workshop (11-15  March 2019), presentation of research results to an international scientific audience and potentially co-organisation of an interdisciplinary session.


**The attendance of these courses is mandatory.

Module 3: “Interlinking Transformation!”

One of the challenges of the CRC and thus the IRTG 1266 is to overcome stringent disciplinary perceptions in order to open overarching perspectives and ways of thinking. The module “Interlinking Transformation!” leads the doctoral candidates through the interdisciplinary dialogue of the CRC. Current discourses on “Scales of Transformation”, which are discussed at both CRC internal and other meetings, encourage subject-specific openness, scientific inquisitiveness and innovative approaches. The doctoral candidates acquire self-confidence and are trained to competently present themselves in national and international scientific networks.

Activities: Participation in one of the CRC interlinking groups, regular participation in the lunchtime seminars and bi-weekly colloquia, submission of proposals for guest speakers of the bi-weekly colloquium

Courses: CRC 1266 retreats**, lunchtime seminars**, bi-weekly colloquia**

Responsible person(s)/group: Interlinking group (leaders), CRC 1266 members

**The attendance of these courses is mandatory.

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