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29. Mar 2024

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

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martin Arnold, coordinator: Sarah Keil and Claudia Weinhold-Kiefhaber (funding 2019-2024)

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]

Please also read the interview “Seile sind keine Balken” (Campus Halensis, 25.03.24) a retrospective to the graduate training network.

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.  website


  • University of Liège
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Centrale Supélec
  • University of Seville
  • University of Innsbruck
  • University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Fraunhofer ITWM
  • Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics (C3M)
  • École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers
  • University of Ljubljana

30. Jun 2023

Integrated Research Training Group “Polymers: random coils and beyond”

Written by

Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Kay Saalwächter, coordinator: Dr. Ann-Kristin Flieger
funding period 2011-2023 by DFG at Faculty of Natural Sciences II

The graduate program provides in-depth training in interdisciplinary soft matter research, including the design and preparation of specific materials. A thorough understanding of the basic principles of chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers and soft matter are aims of the research within our graduate school. [read more]

The graduate school is part of the collaborative research center “Polymer under multiple constraints” (SFB/TRR 102) (Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Thomas Thurn-Albrecht, website


  • Leipzig University
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (Halle)
  • Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification (Leipzig)
  • Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam/Golm

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


  • 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]

Faculties and partners:

  • Faculty of Philosophy I
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle

10. Jan 2020

Research training group “Intermediation and Translation in Transition”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Dinkelaker, coordinator: Dr. Klara-Aylin Wenten (funded by Hans Böckler Foundation (HBS) 2019-2023)

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

International Graduate School “The obligation of societal norms”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar
(funding 2018-2021)

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

Faculties and partners:

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

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