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Structured doctoral programs

22. Jan 2020

IPK Graduate Program

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Nicolaus von Wirén, coordinator: Dr. Britt Leps

Doctoral students from over 30 countries are engaged in research aiming to improve crop plants. Their work is focused on enhancing adaptation to drought and high temperature, strengthening host resistance to a number of diseases, bolstering the plants‘ capacity to take up nutrients and water from the soil, and generally increasing crop productivity. [read more]

The graduate school is part of Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). It is one of the world’s leading international institutions in the field of plant genetics and crop science. Its research programme and services contribute materially to conserving, exploring and exploiting crop diversity. Its research goals are driven by the need to ensure an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, thereby addressing a major global ecological challenge. website

Partners:

  • Universität Göttingen
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Quedlinburg
  • Hochschule Anhalt
  • Hochschule Harz
  • Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Golm
  • National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan

22. Jan 2020

Vladimir-Admoni-Programm “Sprach- und Sprechwissenschaft”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ines Bose
(funding 2017-2019, 2020-2022)

The Vladimir Admoni Program supports a new generation of young researchers in the field of German studies in the countries of Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in the Middle East/North Africa region in the form of a “Small Doctoral School”. The target group is graduate students (Masters) who are aiming for a doctorate and who, according to their own wishes, on the basis of their personal and professional aptitude and in accordance with the university’s intentions, are to represent the future generation of young academics. [read more]

Current research topics are:

  • Updates of the frame tolerance in the discourse of migration in Russian, German and American print media
  • Interferences at the phono-stylistic level in the learning of German as a foreign language with special consideration of technical language aspects
  • Prosodic and paralingual characteristics of speech situations greetings / congratulations in Russian, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Phono-stylistic characteristics of business news in consideration of the auditory perception

Partners:

  • Universität Hamburg
  • WGU Woronesh
  • FEFU Wladiwostok

22. Jan 2020

International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE)

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Chris Hann, Prof. Dr. François Bertemes, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pecăr, coordinator: Dr. Sascha Roth
(funding 2012-2021)

ANARCHIE is dedicated to the study of diachronic processes in societies and cultures of the Old World. They are studied in a comparative transnational framework that focuses on the entire land mass of Asia and Europe, including the Mediterranean south coast. The aim of the graduate programme is to make theories and methods of archaeology, ethnology and history fruitful for each other through their mutual opening.

Four successive cohorts of about twelve international doctoral students each form common thematic foci: (1) collective identifications, (2) religion and ritual, (3) economic and demographic drivers of social change, and (4) representing domination. [read more]

Partners:

  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle

22. Jan 2020

Doctoral program “Languages – Texts – Society. Interpreting Asia and Europe”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ralf Elger, Prof. Dr. Christian Oberländer, coordinator: Dr. Björn Bentlage

The doctoral program supports research work which, on the basis of philological as well as humanities, cultural and social science findings, theories and methods, deals with texts from different language areas, cultures and epochs, with regard to their cultural and social relevance. The methods used in the doctoral theses cover a broad spectrum (discourse analysis, editing, sociology of literature, media analysis, source criticism, structural analysis, text-immanent interpretation, recognition of historical contexts, etc.) and include in particular analysis using digital technology. The diversity of the cultures and linguistic genres dealt with is intended to ensure that overcoming the European horizon does not lead to thinking in simple dichotomies (“East” and “West” etc.). [read more]

The doctoral programme “Languages – Texts – Society. Interpreting Asia and Europe” is an interdisciplinary course of study in the field of philological and regional science-oriented humanities. It aims to convey philological methods as central instruments of cultural and social science analysis and is offered by the Oriental Institute at MLU. website

22. Jan 2020

Research Training Group “ProMoAge – Protein Modification: A Key Mechanism for Ageing” (GRK 2155)

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Simm, coordinator: Dr. Patrick Rainer Winterhalter
(funding 2016-2020)

Ageing leads to impairment of tissue homeostasis and functional decline of organs and represents a main risk factor for prevalent diseases such as cardiovascular disease and neurodegeneration in developed countries. To devise therapies aimed at improving the health state of the elderly, a detailed knowledge of molecular mechanisms leading to the impairment of organ function with increasing age is essential.

The aim of the Research Training Group (RTG) is to investigate posttranslational modifications (PTMs) of cellular proteins as key players in age progression. Scientists from the universities of Halle and Jena as well as from the Leibniz Institute of Age Research Jena combine their expertise from various fields of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biomedicine and “omics”-based technologies to characterise PTM-mediated mechanisms of functional decline during ageing. [read more]

Partners:

  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Leibniz-Institut für Altersforschung – Fritz-Lipmann-Institut (FLI)

17. Jan 2020

European Training Network “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martin Arnold  
(funding 2019-2023)

Highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes are essential parts of high-performance engineering systems. The complex response of such structures in real operational conditions is far beyond the capabilities of current modelling tools that are at the core of modern product development cycles. The THREAD project will bring together young mechanical engineers and mathematicians who will develop mechanical models and numerical methods for designing highly flexible slender structures, and support the development of future virtual prototyping tools for products where such structures have a key role in functional system performance. [read more]

The European Training Network is funded by HORIZON 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). MSCA provide grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. funding of, website

Partners:

  • Université de Liège
  • Fraunhofer ITWM
  • Norwegian University of Technology Trondheim
  • University of Rijeka
  • Universität Innsbruck

10. Jan 2020

Research training group “Intermediation and Translation in Transition”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Dinkelaker, coordinator: Dr. Maria Kondratjuk
(funded by Hans Böckler Foundation (HBS) since 2019)

The Research Training Group “Vermittlung und Übersetzung im Wandel – Relationale Praktiken der Differenzbearbeitung angesichts neuer Grenzen der Teilhabe an Wissen und Arbeit” explores changes in practices and settings of intermediation and translation unfolding in the context of advancing digitalisation, automation and globalisation in the world of work. We aim for a better understanding of intermediation and translation as two modes of dealing with the boundaries of access to knowledge and societal participation.

The studies conducted within the group proceed on a transdisciplinary (educational science, business studies, linguistics, sociology) and empirical basis, continuously conscious of the broader context of societal transformation. Our objective is to cast light, from a relational perspective, on the challenges and limitations of facilitating people’s access to societal participation via intermediation and translation. [read more]

10. Jan 2020

IAMO Graduate School

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld, coordinator: Dr. Franziska Schaft 

Internationally oriented research in agricultural and food economics and exchange of ideas between academic, business, and political communities are in the focus. Main research areas are policies and institutions, natural resource use, livelihoods in rural areas, organization of agriculture and agricultural value chains. [read more]

With its research focus the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is a worldwide unique research institution of agricultural economics. The institute analyses economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, as well as in rural areas in general. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia., website

10. Jan 2020

Doctoral program “Language – Literature – Society”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andrea Jäger, coordinator: Johannes Brambora

The contents of the study program are designed to make the interdisciplinary dialogue from the individual philologies fruitful for an understanding of modern societies in terms of cultural studies and to relate to discourse patterns of different language areas and cultures. Within the framework of the offered research program, the literary, comparative and linguistic approaches and methods are devoted primarily to the interrelationships of influence between literature or language and the formations of social and cultural reality from the 19th century to the present. Following the procedures of postmodern theory-building to focus on the constructed nature of social reality, the reality of social constructs is the focus of research interest here. [read more]

With the doctoral program Language – Literature – Society, the Faculty of Philosophy II of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg provides a research-oriented, interdisciplinarily structured teaching programme for doctoral candidates in linguistics, speech and literature., website

10. Jan 2020

International Graduate School “The obligation of societal norms”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar
(funding since 2018)

The research of the international graduate school focuses on a central inter- and transdisciplinary question: How are political, ethical, legal, religious, cultural, or aesthetic norms and values made binding or acknowledged as binding for individuals within a society? Connected with this central question, we also ask: What sources of authority are concerned with justifying the recognition of these norms and values, or with motivating members of society to adhere to them? Are the rules, principles, and laws explicitly formulated or are they simply implicitly assumed? What are the relationships and tensions between transcendental sources of legitimacy and authority on the one hand and worldly contexts of justification on the other? What societal ideals do these norms and values express? Are they responding to specific cultural, social, philosophical, and religious conflicts, crises, or upheavals? Can societal processes and revolutions be triggered, in their turn, by discourses about norms and obligations? [read more]

The graduate school is part of the Center of Excellence, “Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge” established through an initiative of the state of Saxony-Anhalt in October, 2006. Its objective is the interdisciplinary investigation of the transformation of the religious and the rational in the modern period. (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar) website

Partners:

  • Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
  • Ministry of Education of Saxony-Anhalt
  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • University of Vienna

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