The main task of the integrated Research Training Group (RTG) is to promote the scientific expertise of the doctoral candidates. The group aims to broaden the training of doctoral candidates at the university level by providing the opportunity for candidates to participate in the already existing PhD programs of related training groups in Jena. The main tasks of the RTG staff includs management of the recruitment process for PhD researchers and their training to efficiently accomplish high quality theses and publications. A visiting scientist program and short-term scholarships offers additional qualification improvement possibilities.
From 25 to 28 June, 2019, we spent a week at the idyllic Hotel Rhön Residence in Dipperz near Fulda networking with the thematically similar Collaborative Research Centre 1066 under the motto "NANOMEDICINE - FORMULATION, CHARACTERIZATION, TRANSLATION". The main focus here was on the presentation of individual subprojects, but guest lectures by Prof. Dr. Lorenz Meinel (Julius Maximilians University Würzburg) or Dr. Heinrich Haas (BioNTech AG, Mainz), for example, also met with great interest. In addition, workshops were offered on "PubPharm - The search platform for pharmacy-specific literature" (Stefan Wulle, University Library Braunschweig) and "Successful publishing in scientific journals and project DEAL" (Dr. David Huesmann, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim).
From 25 to 27 March, 2019, at the request of many of our PhD students, we offered a Statistics Course, in which not only the basics could be discussed, but also challenges and questions of the concrete working day. In particular the topics correlation, t-test, one-way-ANOVA, two-way-ANOVA, repeated measurement ANOVA, linear regression, nonlinear regression as well as power and sample size planning were in focus.
On 18 October, 2018, Mr. Clemens Kaiser, head of the German branch of Sanofi-Aventis, visited our two material-related collaborated research centers PolyTarget and CataLight. He was accompanied by colleagues from the chemical division of the company in Frankfurt. He and his colleagues also met with the PhD students of both CRCs to discuss their questions about a career in the chemical industry and to give an introduction to their company.