Innsbruck Doctoral College


1) Innsbruck Doctoral Colleges at the University of Innsbruck

2) Shared doctoral colleges


1) Innsbruck Doctoral Colleges at the University of Innsbruck

IDC Ageing and Regeneration

Due to a steady increase in life expectancy, the segment of the population aged 60 or over is rapidly increasing worldwide. [more...]

The number of persons aged 60+ is expected to more than double, from 841 million in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. There is a requirement to quickly develop better prevention and treatments for many of the ailments associated with old age and regeneration deficiency. To cope with these challenges, trained academics and other experts across a wide range of professional occupations have teamed up in the doctoral college "Ageing and Regeneration" (DP AGE_REG) founded in 2016. AGE_REG was established at the University of Innsbruck within the framework of the research areas plant metabolomics, ageing research and stem cell biology. Its purpose is to provide an excellent environment of educational training for talented PhD students in the field of interdisciplinary cell biology utilizing state-of-the art omics and cell culture technology. The overall scientific aims of the DP AGE_REG are i) to unravel molecular mechanisms and networks implicated in ageing in selected model systems ranging from plants, nematodes, cnidarians and ascidians to mice and human cell cultures, and ii) contribute work towards developing new concepts of regenerative strategies to repair and replace damaged cells and/or tissues for future therapeutic use. The main aim for teaching is to supervise and train 14 PhD students in a multi- and interdisciplinary collegeme of excellence with strong coherence and collaboration between the individual Faculty Members involved.

DP Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research (ARDRE)

DP ARDRE is a interdisciplinary EC H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND doctoral training programme for international high-potential early-stage researchers (ESRs) with a focus on ageing research, research in stem cells and regeneration, as well as drug research at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) in Austria. [more...]

DP ARDRE provides training for 12 highly qualified ESR fellows, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in one of the programme's research areas in biology, chemistry and pharmacy. All ARDRE PhD students are provided with the possibilities and encouragement to assume secondments (between a few weeks and several months) to international academic and intersectoral industrial partner organisations.

IDC Alpine Biology and Global Change

The IDC „Alpine Biology and Global Change“ intends to provide a multi-disciplinary environment for educational training of excellent national and international PhD students in the field of Alpine Biology and Global Change with international quality assurance standards. [more...]

The doctoral college forms an outstanding platform for multi-disciplinary exchange between PhDs and their supervising researchers and affiliated Post Docs. It provides an opportunity for early career scientists to present research, and network with their peers in a supportive and inspiring environment.

DP Atoms, Light, and Molecules (DK-ALM)

The doctoral programm Atoms, Light, and Molecules, DK-ALM, is a collaborative college that provides a research and training environment for excellent national and international students. [more...]

The college combines fore-front research in several scientific fields within the framework of atomic, molecular and optical physics with high-level education. The doctoral college is built from members of the four Physics Institutes at the University of Innsbruck and is related to the Innsbruck Physics Research Center, one of the five Research Focal Points of the University. The doctoral college is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and supported by the University of Innsbruck and the Province of Tyrol.

IDC Austrian Studies

The doctoral college (DC) of Austrian Studies (with a view to creating an Austrian Studies Centre in the medium term) is to provide an interdisciplinary cooperation platform within the university, as the basis for joint teaching and research. [more...]

Central criteria for such cooperation are initially the relevant area, its history and cultural phenomena. Here “Austrian” is understood as a cultural space created by various societies along a timeline from the Holy Roman Empire to the Habsburg Monarchy up to the immediate present of the Second Republic.

IDC Biointeractions from Basics to application (BioApp)

The doctoral college Biointeractions from basics to application (BioApp) aims to contribute to the understanding of interactions between different prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, with plants and animals, as well as with their abiotic environment (from the species to the domain level). [more...]

These interactions are still largely unexplored, although they are extremely relevant for natural ecosystems, and also significantly influence biotechnological processes, from wastewater treatment, biogas production and biological remediation of contaminated sites to agrobiotechnology.

IDC Borders, Border Shifts, and Border Crossings in Language, Literature, and Media

Concepts of determining, shifting, and crossing boundaries (liminality, variability and transgressivity) are essential for constituting and structuring the subject area of language, literary, and cultural studies. [more...]

This doctoral college investigates these phenomena both regarding their categorial application and their linguistic, literary, and media practices. To this end, various disciplines that have already been established at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Innsbruck will be brought together under systematic aspects. These disciplines include research on multilingualism, on transfer processes between literature and other media, on the relationship between factuality and fictionality, on discursive and literary border phenomena, and on phraseology or terminology. Special attention is be paid to strategies and acts of shifting or transgressing literary and linguistic boundaries, speech and discourse registers, or different genre and media formats.

IDC Catholic Theology in a Globalised World

The Innsbruck Doctoral College “Catholic Theology in a Globalised World” (DKTh) focuses on significant developments in the church and international society.  [more...]

It aims to contribute to a theology that seeks to help a church facing many challenges and conflicts to better assume its global responsibility, both internally and externally. As the oldest and greatest global player, in European history and probably beyond, the Catholic Church can make a helpful and lasting contribution to a world society in the midst of both radical change and deep crisis. The traditionally high number of international doctoral students at the Innsbruck Faculty of Theology lends itself to such an orientation. In addition to the Jesuit College, it is especially worth mentioning the Canisianum, in which students are also given spiritual guidance. In continuity with this tradition, the DKTh also wants to contribute to increasing the proportion of qualified women from all over the world, both in church and in society. These international students bring a wide range of experiences from very different social classes, alongside conflicts and opportunities, from potentially all cultures.  This diversity and plurality of students is representative of the situation of the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. According to Karl Rahner, the church has entered a new historical epoch, in which it is genuinely to become a world church, i.e. a faith community which is truly inculturated in many cultures and contexts, and which lives its "catholicity" ecumenically and interreligiously. Amidst this diversity and plurality, it is important to ask how the Church today realizes internal unity in solidarity with all people (LG 1; GS 1). It is within this complex field that the DKTh is located and will explore the questions, problems and conflicts that are its remit, to become a laboratory for a "world theology" of the future.

IDC Computational Interdisciplinary Modelling (CIM)

The doctoral college Computational Interdisciplinary Modelling (DK CIM) was established at the University of Innsbruck in 2010 in the context of the Research Area Scientific Computing. [more...]

Its main aim is to provide brilliant junior scientists from home and abroad with a platform for excellent postgraduate studies in combination with cutting-edge research on current topics in the fields of natural and engineering sciences. By pooling highly qualified scientists from various fields the DK junior scientists are offered an environment in which they are embedded into world-class research and into the scientific community. The Ph.D. students are given the opportunity of close interdisciplinary cooperation in developing new methods of computer-aided modelling, as well as in applied research in the fields of study such as Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Biomedical Informatics, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. The junior scientists can publish their research results internationally and present the results to the international scientific community at conferences.

DP DOCC: Dynamics of Complex Continua

DOCC is a novel interdisciplinary EC H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND doctoral training programme for international high-potential early-stage researchers (ESRs) with a focus on modelling and simulation in basic, natural and engineering sciences at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) in Austria. [more...]

DOCC will enroll 15 highly qualified ESR fellows, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in one of the programme's research areas in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering science, atmospheric science and computer science. Fellows will be employed for 36 months, preferably by a single call, within the 60 months programme duration.  All fellows will be provided with the possibilities and encouragement to assume secondments (between a few weeks and several months) to international academic and intersectoral industrial partner organisations. The PhD training programme will be provided in English.

UIBK is the largest research and education institution in western Austria, with more than 28'000 students and 4'800 staff and faculty members. Located in the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck offers excellent facilities for research and studying in a spectacular environment. International rankings confirm the university’s important role in scientific research, in 2017 its scientists produced almost 4'000 publications. UIBK is very well integrated into the European research and education network, and is among the world's top universities regarding internationality of research, with an exceptionally large number of international faculty members and students. Through some 400 partnerships and numerous agreements it has established important relationships with institutes and universities worldwide.

Within this productive environment the university‘s 16 faculties provide a broad spectrum of programmes in all fields of study. The DOCC training programme is centred in the highly evaluated fields of "Scientific Computing"  and "Physics" within the six research focus areas at UIBK.

IDC Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization

Inequality and difference are social realities in all societies, yet they shape the act of living together to varying degrees. [more...]

Inequality and difference are the result of social processes of negotiation in which access to and ownership over material and immaterial resources are distributed, wherein vertical and horizontal disparities intersect with each other.

Migration and mobility constitute significant contexts for socially produced and reproduced inequality and difference. The social and economic development of nation states as well as the everyday experiences of people are influenced thereby. Border and migration regimes define crossovers and conditions of acceptance and as such are the point of origin of social plurality. In the age of globalization, such plurality is not an exceptional situation per se but also post-migration normality. Migration thus becomes an important perspective of social change both in a global and a regional context.

Inequality and difference are a multifaceted phenomenon and are therefore approached in the doctoral college from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective. A range of disciplines from five faculties of the University of Innsbruck are involved.

IDC Entangled Antiquities

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IDC Gender and Gender Relations in Transformation: Spaces - Relations - Representations

The doctoral college features investigations of the transformation of gender and gender relations in their historical, spatial and reciprocal relationships, conditions and effects. [more...]

The college focuses on processes of change, regimes of change and their persistence, including the social struggles and civil society protest constellations that trigger, hinder, mobilize or moderate change. An interdisciplinary, intersectional and transnational/transregional perspective of analysis is essential for this research undertaking.

IDC Liechtensteinisches Recht

The University of Innsbruck is regarded as the regional University for the principality of Liechtenstein among others. The Faculty of Law therefore has responded with founding the research center „Liechtensteinian Law“ as a result of said concept of the University itself. [more...]

The doctoral college is therefore systematically embedded within this legal frame: It is integrated into said research center and can therefore be seen as a link between research and teaching regarding Liechtensteinian Law at the University of Innsbruck. The doctoral college is able to further expand its research due to the longstanding practice of the Faculty of Law in teaching and supervision of diploma thesis.

Furthermore, the Faculty of Law of the University of Innsbruck represents a unique location as the center of connecting lines between those legal systems, which characterize the Liechtensteinian jurisdiction (namely Austrian, German, Italian as well Swiss law).           

The doctoral college is dedicated to combining already existing teaching and supervising activities, broadening its interdisciplinary propositions as well as making them more visible to the outside world.

Therefore, junior reseachers are offered a perfect organizational and financial setting to complete their dissertation.

IDC Medical Law and Health Care

Within the framework of the doctoral college, doctoral students receive professional medicolegal education, which will enable them to perform academic and scientific research as well as prepare them for the application in practice thereof concerning medical law and the health care sector. [more...]

The doctoral students’ dissertations shall evolve from the programme as highly sophisticated academic papers thus ensuring the positive theoretical development in this area.

The doctoral college represents a connective link between education and research in the medico-health sector. Excellent support of our doctoral students is guaranteed by integrating the programme in the research center of Medical Law and Health Care. The doctoral students will benefit from the link to the research center in many ways, for example by gaining access to international academic communities and relevant lectures and courses. Moreover, they will be invited to take part in national and international professional events (conferences and workshops) as well as offered access to various research institutions (libraries and databases). Doctoral students will have the opportunity to give professional lectures at scientific conferences at an early stage of their academic career as well as publish their research. All of this will be financed by the doctoral college.

In the medico-health sector, several legal issues are raised on a national and international level, which will be scientifically processed within the doctoral college (e.g. patient rights, pharmaceutical law, medical device law, medical liability). From a legal perspective, public law (fundamental rights, constitutional law, administrative law) as well as civil law, social law and legal philosophy (ethics) issues will be incorporated in the curriculum. Furthermore, criminal law, legal history and legal sociology will also be considered.

Within the doctoral college, the cooperation with MUI and UMIT will support the link between legal matters and research-oriented experiences from the medico-health sector – as does the cooperation with the research center of Medical Law and Health Care. Tyrol-wide platforms for open discussions and discourse between legal and medical sides will be established.

IDC Mountain Climate and Environment (DP MCE)

Mountains are highly complex barriers to atmospheric flow and modify it accordingly while creating a wide range of environmental gradients on short spatio-temporal scales that do not exist in any other region. [more...]

By combining a wide range of expertise in atmospheric, cryospheric, biospheric, hydrospheric, atmospheric-chemical, geomorphodynamic and paleoclimate sciences at the UIBK, the doctoral college seeks to make major steps forward in (a) identifying, understanding, and quantifying climate processes, past climate variability, and future climate-induced changes to the environment at appropriate spatiotemporal scales in the Alps, (b) herewith providing a thorough basis for impact and adaptation studies, (c) perform physical science-based studies and (d) developing tools to be appropriately adapted in other mountain regions.

IDC Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions

Since the beginning of humankind and with a continuous increase of experience and scientific knowledge, humans try to cope with natural hazards and mitigate their impacts. Unlike technological or human-made hazards, natural hazards are naturally occuring physical phenomena, threatening human lives and infrastructure. [more...]

Facing the environmental conditions in mountain regions, different forms of geophysical natural hazards occur. They are classified in geological and meteorological (hydrological) processes.

The DP focuses on all relevant natural scientific, engineering, demographic, economic and management aspects in the context of analysing geophysical natural hazards in mountain regions as well as handling risks and developing solutions for protection.As natural hazards in mountain regions cover biological, geographical, geological, geotechnical, hydraulic, hydrological, meteorological, and socio-economic issues, an interdisciplinary research approach for the hazards assessment, modelling, etc. is essential. The DP focuses on, both, more general pressing questions as well as on research challenges. Thinking and acting in interdisciplinary cross-boundary domains, where knowledge and expertise is transferred over boundaries between classical natural and engineering science as well as between natural and social science disciplines, is of basic relevance.

The DP aims to provide a systematic, efficient and high-quality training of excellent PhD students within an interdisciplinary research environment. PhD students are pushed to extend their research interests, to recognize and develop correlations and interfaces with other research disciplines and foci, and to present their research in a broader context. Activities cover academic topics as well as the training of soft skills and career planning. The DP is further aimed to be a fruitful platform for the members to discuss, propose and work on common interdisciplinary research issues and thereby also cooperate with external national and international research institutions.

IDC Organizing the Digital

The Doctoral college Organizing the Digital: Relations, Publics, Societies promotes transdisciplinary research on digital phenomena that bridges and transcends micro, meso and macro levels of analysis. [more...]

The Doctoral College thereby takes a multi-method and inter-disciplinary lens and advances conceptual research, driven by experimental, qualitative and interpretive studies, as well as related quantifications and network analyses.

The Doctoral College and its members are committed to international standards of excellence in academic research. They aspire to publish their research in leading academic journals and with major academic publishers. The Doctoral College trains doctoral students in acquiring the relevant intellectual and practical skills and to meet the standards of international academic publishing.

IDC Philosophy of Religion

Religion and religious faith are among the most powerful forces behind human culture and collective or individual striving for moral and spiritual transformation. [more...]

Through the centuries, religious faith has fostered enormous social and moral accomplishments. Yet, as critics emphasize, at the same time religions have been and continue to be misused for reprehensible aims, such as to cement illegitimate political power or foment violence and discrimination. It is thus an urgent philosophical task to understand the nature of and rationality conditions for faith and religion in their multifaceted cultural and cognitive dimensions, as well as in their various spiritual, practical, and affective aspects.

The doctoral college/doctoral research group Philosophy of Religion (hereinafter referred to as ‘DRG’), which is affiliated with the Innsbruck Center for Philosophy of Religion (ICPR), promotes high-quality philosophical research, and across a wide range of philosophical approaches, on religion and religious belief. Members need not be religious or be committed to any particular religious tradition or denomination. The DRG fosters research projects across different religions and is committed to advancing rational religious discourse and interreligious dialogue.

Research projects eligible for the DRG may include, but are not limited to, topics bearing on the nature of faith and religious belief; religious language; (religious) emotions; religious hermeneutics, including the understanding of religious doctrines and practices; science and religion; cosmology; concepts of God or the nature of the divine; religious experience; mysticism; theodicy and the problem of evil; free will; philosophical theology; historical traditions in the philosophy of religion; or the individual work of historically significant thinkers on religious matters. Projects located more generally within philosophical metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics, or other philosophical areas are also welcome, as long as they elucidate and are applied to questions pertaining to religion or the relation between faith and reason.

IDC Politics, Power and Language

The growing contingency of real-world politics marks a major challenge to the Political and Social Sciences when it comes to making sense of, and explaining, complex political and social phenomena. [more...]

In this wider context, the college focuses on the systematic and cross-disciplinary inquiry into political institutions and political leadership, which constitute particular forms of institutions and agency, and are widely considered as near-synonyms for stability and change. Key items on the programme’s research agenda include: the evolution of formal and informal political institutions, the legitimation and de-legitimation of political orders, as well as the conditions, manifestations and effects of political leadership in different areas and at different levels.

This doctoral college offers young researchers from Austria and abroad the opportunity to pursue a focused PhD education firmly committed to international standards of excellence. Close cooperation between participants in the programme, such as co-authored publications, are complemented by invited guest lectures by leading scholars and international research workshops and conferences, designed to foster mutual inspiration and exchange. The college also offers encouragement and support for PhD candidates willing to spend some time as a visit PhD student at other academic institutions with particular relevance to the research areas covered.

IDC Reactivity and Catalysis

The aim of the planned special doctoral college is the excellence education of qualified students from within and outside Austria in recent and relevant research topics covering different aspects of reactivity in materials- and nanoscience. [more...]

The joint forces of three faculties (Chemistry and Pharmacy, Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics, Informatics and Physics) and five Institutes allow students to appreciate reactivity from different important viewpoints, ranging from homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, reactivity of surfaces and interfaces over activation mechanisms of molecules and biomolecules, reactivity of metals, oxides, metal-oxides and intermetallic compounds to gas phase molecules. The resulting input from several different scientific approaches yields a much more in-depth assessment of reactivity as compared to usual and conventional doctoral education, both from a theory and experimental viewpoint. Scientific exchange on all levels will be particularly promoted. The participants of the special doctoral college will additionally benefit from an interdisciplinary access to national and international research groups and contact to potential employers from scientific and industrial Partners.

IDC System Innovation for a Net-Zero Transition

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IDC Tourism and Leisure in Mountain Regions (TLMR)

Doctoral college Tourism and Leisure in Mountain Regions (TLMR) researchers try to understand how tourism and leisure interrelates and impacts major stakeholders groups. [more...]

Therefore, the DP TLMR aims at supporting our PhD students with excellent training and education in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment. By providing the opportunities and platforms to delve into other disciplines students can broaden their knowledge and their expertise in their respective research area. Furthermore, the doctoral college actively enables all members to initiate, develop and publish high-quality and innovative research in tourism and leisure. Intensified exchange of knowledge between senior researcher and PhD students will help to address tourism and leisure issues and increase the quality and quantity of tourism and leisure research at the University of Innsbruck. The development of tourism and leisure in mountain regions can only be explored and understood in their holistic nature by integrating various scientific disciplines. The DP TLMR will bundle this large variety of disciplines to foster knowledge exchange and transfer.

ITN EJD-EDiTE - European Joint Doctorate in Teacher Education

The European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE) is a four-year project supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement number 676452. [more...]

The project takes place over a period of four years (October 2015 – September 2019). Under the project, fifteen Early Stage Researchers from nine countries (Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Nepal, Poland, Serbia, Syria) are employed by five partner universities, where they work closely with supervisors and pursue individual research projects in the framework of the EDiTE joint research Programme.

Stipendienfinanzierte kooperative Doktoratsschule öffentliches Recht der Universitäten Graz, Innsbruck und Salzburg

2) Shared doctoral programme

DK Program Calcium channels  in cells (CavX)

In the CavX PhD program we combine the worldwide unique research focus on Cavs in Innsbruck with an excellent doctoral training in Neuroscience. CavX comprises projects on the structure-function relationships, specialized functions in vision and in hormone secretion, synaptic modulation and connectivity in brain disorders, as well as skeletal muscle function. To this end CavX builds on the excellent scientific and methodological expertise of the steadily growing Cav faculty in Innsbruck, which consist of a lively mixture of experienced and newly established research groups.

DP HOROS - Host responsive and opportunistic infections

Scientists and physicians of the Innsbruck campus, working in the related fields of Infection, Immunity, Transplantation and/or Biogerontology, decided to join forces and created a structured and multidisciplinary research and training programme of excellence. [more...]

Their intention is to cooperatively and synergistically investigate genetic and environmental parameters which destroy the immune homeostasis during host-pathogen interaction, thereby leading to opportunistic infections. All 7 faculty members contribute to various aspects of host-pathogen interaction, comprising inherited and acquired immunity. Bacteria, fungi and viruses are employed as model organisms to study evasion and dysregulation of the host's immune Response.

All Faculty members have strong collaborations among each other and also cooperate with prominent international partners. The Faculty members have highly complementary portfolios of technical skills and practical experiences, and will provide important core facilities to the members of the consortium. The doctoral programme HOROS has an stimulating academic environment and infrastructure. It offers an introducing Ring lecture, plenty of training courses and organizes regular scientific meetings for the students. Furthermore, the Comprehensive Center of Infection, Immunity and Transplantation (CIIT), established in 2010, has been shown to promote and optimize interdisciplinary collaboration in science and clinical practice.

DK Image Guided Diagnosis and Therapy (IGDT)

The newly designed, internationally oriented DocFunds programme “image guided diagnosis and therapy (IGDT) – integrating multimodal strategies for clinical research” qualifies young scientists with both medical and basic science background in the highly interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field of digital medical imaging and image guided therapies. The multi- and interdisciplinary research programme integrates innovative aspects in applied mathematics, biomedical physics, computer science, clinical imaging and therapy. IGDT-ART is a joint initiative of the Medical University Innsbruck (MUI), the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck (LFUI) and the „Private Universität für Medizinische Informatik und Technik“ (UMIT).

DP Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Oncology (MCBO)

The doctoral programme “Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Oncology“ is a highly competitive PhD programme, financed by the Austrian Science Fund and run by leading scientists of the doctoral programmes in Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Oncology at the Innsbruck Medical University.

DP Signal Processing in Neurons (SPIN)

The PhD programme “Signal Processing in Neurons“ is an initiative of Innsbruck Medical University and the University of Innsbruck. [more...]

SPIN is an international, interdisciplinary programme for the training of an elite of young researchers. It leads to an EU conform Phd degree in Neuroscience.

ITN ColOpt - Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter

The network “Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter” (ColOpt) will train early-stage researchers (ESR) in fundamental science and applications in the areas of cold atom and quantum physics, optical technologies and complexity science to promote European competiveness in emergent quantum technologies. [more...]

It consists of nine academic nodes and three companies from six European countries, supported by two partners in Brazil and the USA, five further non-academic partners and one public-private partnership.

Collective, nonlinear dynamics and spontaneous self-organization are abundant in nature, sciences and technology and of central importance. Building on this interdisciplinary relevance, a particular novelty of ColOpt is the integration of classical and quantum self-organization. The research program focuses on collective interactions of light with laser-cooled cold and quantum-degenerate matter. We will explore innovative control of matter through optomechanical effects, identify novel quantum phases, enhance knowledge of long-range coupled systems and advance the associated trapping, laser and optical technologies, establishing new concepts in quantum information and simulation.

ColOpt combines cutting-edge science with training in complex instrumentation and methods to the highest level of technical expertise, both experimentally and theoretically, and fosters the development of transferable skills and critical judgement. Each ESR will be exposed to a broad spectrum of experimental, theoretical and industrial environments, to obtain core competence in one of them and the collaborative experience and skills to thrive in a truly international and intersectorial framework. ESRs will develop the capabilities to analyse and understand complex interactions, and will gain awareness of societal and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities. Taken together, this will enable them to excel in a variety of sectors of our diverse and rapidly changing society.

ITN Comiq - Cold Molecular Ions at the Quantum Limit

COMIQ (COld Molecular Ions at the Quantum limit) will investigate how cooling, trapping, and control techniques applied to molecular ions can expand the realm of quantum technology, enhance precision measurements on molecular systems and lead to chemistry at the ultracold quantum limit. [more...]

The network is supported by the European Commission (FP7) under the sub-programme PEOPLE (Marie Curie Actions). 13 early stage researchers will obtain training in all relevant topics of the field; molecular physics, quantum optics, ion trapping and cooling, chemical reactions, spectroscopic techniques, theoretical and computational chemistry, and physical chemistry. The training will be provided by 9 universities/laboratories and 3 private companies from 6 different countries in Europe.

ITN Impact - Ion-Molecule Processes for Analytical Chemical Technologies

Soft chemical-ionization mass-spectrometry (SCIMS) is an exquisitely sensitive analytical technique with applications to health, the environment and security that are vital to the EU. [more...]

However, the recent, rapid and widespread adoption of this technique has caught Europe unprepared. The resultant shortage in analytical chemical expertise has created an urgent need for highly skilled young researchers to be trained in the wide variety of SCIMS methods. IMPACT addresses this skills’ shortage by establishing an intersectoral and multidisciplinary SCIMS training network. IMPACT also brings cohesion to the fragmented SCIMS research and development activities within the EU. To date, most SCIMS developments have been driven not by users but by manufacturers, whose main focus has been on increased sensitivity. However, just as crucial is improved selectivity. Indeed, many users consider improved selectivity to be the key to taking SCIMS technology to a whole new level. Instead of private and public sectors working independently, we need a fresh, intersectoral approach. IMPACT will achieve this through intersectoral work packages and multidisciplinary research projects. In place of major and costly changes in instrumental design, IMPACT’s projects will focus on developing new methods for improved chemical specificity by manipulating ion chemistry. Hence, IMPACT’s fresh approach will produce a step change in SCIMS instrumentation to deliver both economic and societal benefit to the EU. Specifically, IMPACT will train 10 ESRs within an integrated partnership of commercial, governmental and academic organisations, with planned secondments, 5 Advanced Training Courses, 7 interactive Complementary Skills Workshops, and 4 ESR Centred Research Meetings. IMPACT will therefore provide Europe with both a world-class capability in SCIMS technology and a cohort of highly trained researchers who will bring the benefits of that technology to citizens across the EU.

ITN MicroArctic - Microorganisms in Warming Arctic Environment

The Arctic plays a key role in the Earth’s climate system and is an area of growing strategic importance for European policy. [more...]

In this ETN, we will train the next generation of Arctic microbiology and biogeochemistry experts who, through their unique understanding of the Arctic environment and the factors that impact ecosystem and organism response to the warming Arctic, will be able to respond to the need for leadership from public, policy and commercial interests. The training and research programme of MicroArctic is made up of seven interlinked Work Packages (WP). WP1 to WP4 are research work packages at the cutting edge of Arctic microbiology and biogeochemistry and these will be supported by three overarching WPs (WP5-7) associated with the management, training and dissemination of results. WP1 will deliver information about the role of external inputs (e.g., atmospheric) of nutrients and microorganism that drive biogeochemical processes in relation to annual variation in Arctic microbial activity and biogeochemical processes. WP2 will explore ecosystem response on time scales of 100s of years to these inputs using a chrnosequence approach in the already changing Arctic. The effect of time and season and the warming of the Arctic on ecosystem functioning and natural resources will be quantified through geochemical analyses and next generation multi-omics approaches. Complementing WP1 and WP2, WP3 will focus on organism response and adaptation using a range of biochemical, molecular, experimental and culturing approaches. WP4 will address specific applied issues such as colonisation by pathogenic organisms and biotechnological exploitation of Arctic ecosystems. MicroArctic will bring together interdisciplinary experts from both the academic and non-academic sectors across Europe into a network of 20 Institutions across 11 countries.

ITN Shine - Solar Heat Integration NEtwork

Large solar heating systems are decisive to cover a major part of European low temperature heat demand by solar energy and therewith to meet European policy aims. [more...]

However, today only a negligible share of solar heating systems installed in Europe are large units due to manifold technical and socio-economic obstacles. The challenge of solar thermal technology and the overall objective of the proposed initial training network is to supply heat in larger solar heating systems for applications like industrial processes, to feed-in into district heating networks, or sorption drying and cooling. The obstacles will be approached with an innovative inter-disciplinary consortium, including 13 PhD students. Six universities and five private sector participants from six different European countries will provide research and training in cooperation with four associated partners from the private sector. The SHINE project will cover detailed new experimental material-, component- and system studies, system integration analysis and numerical optimization, as well as chemical investigations on storage materials. A close cooperation with industry will ensure fast exploitation of the results. With the SHINE network, the critical mass of PhD students will be gathered on a European level to offer a specialized and structured PhD course programme of large solar heating systems. After the end of SHINE, the key course modules will be offered as a standard curriculum of European PhD education in solar thermal in the long term. The SHINE students will face excellent job perspectives, they will have a sound background in energy economics and complementary skills, regarded as important skills to reach a break through of solar thermal technology.

ITN switchBoard - In the eye of the observer: Visual processing at the heart of the retina

switchBoard is an In Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Curie Actions. The duration of the project is 48 months, starting on November 01, 2015. [more...]

The switchBoard consortium brings together eleven beneficiaries from eight different countries, combining the expertise of seven academic partners with excellent research and teaching records, one non-profit research organisation, and three fully integrated private sector partners. This European Training Network (ETN) is supported by six Partner Organisations as well as a management team experienced in multi-site training activities and counselled by a scientifically accomplished advisory board.

Taken together, the switchBoard training network provides an international, interdisciplinary platform to educate young scientists at the interface of neurobiology, information processing and neurotechnology.

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