University of Innsbruck

DK-X-Change Obergurgl 7.-11. August 2023

The DK-X-Change (Doktoratskollegs-X-Change) is a week dedicated to writing and networking among members of the Doctoral Colleges (IDC) of the University of Innsbruck.

Surrounded by the impressive scenery of the Ötztaler Alps, participants enjoy plenty of opportunities to learn ‘how to’, improve their writing and make solid progress using our writing retreat. The DK-X-Change offers not only opportunities to work productively in the IDCs, but also to network and enjoy a mix of nature, culture and a social program.


Registration for PhD students is closed, but you can be put on the waiting list.

Places are still available for faculty members.



DK-X-Change 2023

Our week includes:

  • Guidance, support and motivation from our writing coach
  • A quite workspace with an individual working desk
  • Accommodation for 4 nights (double room) and full board (Breakfast, light Lunch and Dinner - all vegetarian / vegan)
  • Coffee and fruit during the day at your disposal
  • Child care and kids program according to needs
  • Common bus transfer from the University to the UZO (one way)

Bonus offers:

  • Yoga Sessions to unwind
  • Explore Obergurgl (guided walk)
  • DK-Challenge & DK-Culture Night
  • Endless networking opportunities and food for thought
  • Amazing scenery and fresh air
  • For all participants of the DK-X-Change there is the possibility to take part in writing meetings two times a month at the SOWI

Fee for the whole week (Mon - Fri = 4 nights)

Participants (PhDs and faculty) € 400.- for 4 nights in a double room
Partners € 400.-
Children under 12 € 200.-
Single room surcharge € 38,- per day (at your own expense)

Fees must be paid by the participants or be arranged within the IDCs - please coordinate internally.
We strive to keep the costs as low as possible - Grant applications have already been submitted - the actual cost for the week will be announced as soon as possible.

Selection criteria: If we have more registrations than places the following criteria will take effect:

  • Participants who are able to attend the whole week will take precedence
  • IDCs who have at least two faculty members attending will be preferred
  • we strive for an even distribution across IDCs

Families welcome: Childcare is available for the week if there is sufficient demand, please contact us if needed.

Dk-X-Change Timetable 2023

The program for the DX-X-Change 2023 is not barrier-free - if needed please get in contact wirth us and we will provide further information.

Monday 7.8.2023

10.30 – 12.30

Introduction Round
Moderator: Florian Westreicher & Günter Scheide 
Place: Auditorium of the University Center Obergurgl (UZO)

Who is who and what is going on?
We would like to use this format to introduce ourselves to each other and discuss all organizational aspects of the week. In addtion all participating doctoral colleges will briefly introduce themselves and their research field.

14.30 – 15.30

Kick-off Writing Workshop
Moderator: Daniela Rothe
Place: Auditorium of the University Center Obergurgl (UZO)

This is the time for setting up and kicking off the writing workshop together, introducing the concept and the working method; allocate time slots to concretize the writing project for the week and to set a goal for the days ahead. The writing workshop will take place in the auditorium, each participant will have his/her own permanent working space for the week. A printer will be available.

16.00 – 18.30

Writing Workshop for PhDs (mandatory)
Moderator: Daniela Rothe
Place: Auditorium of the University Center Obergurgl (UZO)

In the writing workshop, we focus on working on one's own writing project; a common framework and space is created.

All week (Tue-Thu) 

09.00 – 13.00

Writing Workshop for PhDs (mandatory)
Facilitator: Daniela Rothe
Place: auditorium of the UZO

In the writing workshop, we focus on working on one's own writing project; a common framework and space is created.

14.00 – 19.00

Writing time (individual responsibility)
Facilitator: Daniela Rothe
Place: auditorium of the UZO

The afternoons are freely available and can be filled with writing, hiking or other activities by the IDCs or the individual researcher. The auditorium will be accessible all day.

Tuesday 8.8. & Wednesday 9.8.2023

10.00 – 13.00

Faculty - X - Change am Berg & im UZO
Moderator: Günter Scheide

Exchange between the faculty members of the individual IDCs to get to know each other in more detail and exchange information about organizational and strategic topics. Joint analysis of which new synergies have resulted from the exchange in Obergurgler in the last two years. 

Tuesday 8.8. - Thursday 10.8.2023

14.00 – 15.30


We exchange ideas about writing experiences and writing strategies. Based on topics suggested by the participants, e.g. revision strategies, dealing with reviews, or the special challenges of working on a monograph were discusse in a guided but rather informal round.

Friday 11.8.2023

12.00 – 13.00

Closing Session

Final session of the week with a joint feedback round and ideas for future exchange possibilities.

Monday 7.8.2023

12.30-14.00h Welcome Lunch
On the first day we start the week together with a welcome lunch.
On your own expenses, registration necessary - via application form.

18.30- 19.00h Yoga Session
Unwind with this slow yoga routine

Tuesday 8.8.2023

18.30- 19.00h Yoga Session
Unwind with this slow yoga routine

20.00h DK-Challenge
A socializing evening for networking, creativity & team spirit

Wednesday 9.8.2023

16.00h Guided food hike
Starting at the UZO, we will explore our immediate surroundings on a joint hike and will be introduced to the special food features of the Ötztal Alps.
Duration approx. 3 hours.

18.30- 19.00h Yoga Session
Unwind with this slow yoga routine

Thursday 10.8.2023

18.30- 19.00h Yoga Session
Unwind with this slow yoga routine

20.00h Night of Culture - X- Change
Changes in nature and culture can be illuminated from different perspectives in the impressive scenery of Obergurgl.
Detailed program follows.

In your own time

Tour suggestion 1
Alpine adventure trail - Obergurgl pine forest

The "Obergurgler Zirbenwald" (1950m - 2100 m) is a closed pine forest of about 20 hectares with pine trees, some of which are more than 300 years old, with 15 interactive stations, which is considered a natural monument.

  • Distance 4,4 km
  • Walking time: approx. 2h
  • Altitude difference: 150m
  • Level of difficulty: easy 

Tour suggestion 2
Water runner Rotmoos valley - Obergurgl

Obergurgl -> ascent Hohe Mut cable car -> Hohe Mut -> stamp Rotmoosferner -> Rotmoos valley -> Zirben forest -> Obergurgl

An alpine hike to the source of water. Get captivated by the breathtaking source of fresh water, the glacier, at close range and follow the water on its way down to the valley.

  • Distance 14,75 km (of which 3km optional by cable car)
  • Walking time: about 4h
  • Meters in altitude: 100m up, 900m down
  • Difficulty: medium

Tour suggestion 3
Lake plate – Nedersee – Lenzenalm

In beautiful panorama are the three lakes Nedersee, Soomsee and in about 30 minutes distance the larger Itlsee.

  • Distance 9,00 km
  • Walking time: about 5h
  • Meters in altitude: 740 up, 965 down
  • Difficulty: medium

Hiking trails
The trails and signage in the lower area are mostly in place. The following huts are already open: Zirben Alm, Schönwieshütte, Langtalereckhütte, Lenzen Alm, Sahnestüberl. Others will follow in the course of the next days | weeks, please ask in the UZO for an update.

More information any time in the UZO or in the office of the tourist association in the village:

Ötztal Tourismus
Gurglerstraße 118
6456 Obergurgl

Arrival and departure

Monday 7.8.2023

Arrival and check-in till 10.30h

Travel Options to Obergurgl 

Option 1

Common bus transfer from the University to the UZO (one way)

Option 2

  • 7.47h Train (RJX 366) departure Innsbruck main station > 8.10h arrival Ötztal train station
  • 8.30h Bus (320) departure Ötztal train station > 9.58h Obergurgl Center
  • 5 minutes walk to the UZO

Friday 11.8.2023

Departure from 13.00h on your own responsibility

(Common) Meals

On the first day our lunch is from 12.30-14.00h, the rest of the week the lunch buffet is from 13.00-14.00h.

The general breakfast time is from 7.30-9.30h and dinner is available from 18.30-20.00h.
Please report allergies or other special requirements at the time of registration.

All meals will be vegetarian with a vegan option.

(Alcoholic) drinks have to be paid seperately.

Shopping Options

Mini M
Gurglerstraße 99
6456 Obergurgl

Opening hours

  • Mon - Fri: 8.00 - 19.00h and
  • Sat: 8.00 - 18.00h
  • Sun: 14.00-18.00h

At the beginning of the village

  • walking distance approx. 15 min,
  • by car 3 min.

Ötztal Arena Bäckerei - Filiale Obergurgl
Gurglerstraße 131
6456 Obergurgl

Opening hours

  • Mon - Fri: 7.00 – 13.00h and 14.00-16.30h

In the center of the village

  • walking distance approx. 5 min
  • by car 1 min.

SPAR Josef Grüner
Ramolweg 11
6456 Obergurgl

Opening hours

  • Mon – Fri: 8.00-19.00h
  • Sat: 8.00-18.00h

At the center of the village

  • walking distance approx. 3 min,
  • by car 1 min.

Raiffeisenbank Sölden
Ramolweg 11
6456 Obergurgl

Ötztal Tourismus
Gurglerstraße 118
6456 Obergurgl


Günter Scheide

Günter Scheide
Coordination & Support

Transferstelle Wissenschaft - Wirtschaft - Gesellschaft

Eva Zipperle-Mirwald

Eva Zipperle-Mirwald


Daniela Rothe

Daniela Rothe 
Facilitator PhD Writing Retreat

Schreibzentrum UBL Tirol

Sophie Carli

Sophie Carli
Child care and youth support

takes good care of our young guest


If you have any questions please contact us:

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl
Gaisbergweg 5
6456 Obergurgl

+43 512 507-37201
+43 512 507-37400