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Funding line 4: Promotion of junior researchers

Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology

German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ)

The DRFZ follows the concept of a “pathogenic” immunological memory, driving chronic inflammation in rheumatic diseases and being refractory to conventional therapies. By combining experimental biomedical and application-oriented clinical research, new therapies, selectively target­ing this pathogenic memory, are developed. This tremendous translational challenge will be met within the Leibniz Graduate School for Rheumatology (LGRh).  The school offers com­plementary and interdisciplinary training by both basic and clinical sci­entists to educate next generation translational experts in rheumatology.

Period: 1. June 2013 – 31. May 2018

Project Website
Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

The Leibniz Graduate School promotes the development and application of spectroscopic methods in astrophysical research. The topic of "Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics" sets the focus on the physical interpretation of spectra, obtained with the latest generation of astronomical instruments. A comprehensive training program on various aspects of astrophysical spectroscopy will be combined with research in highly specialized scientific topics, ranging from the solar-stellar connec­tion to questions of galaxy formation. These core elements of the School are complemented by efforts to foster international mobility and net­working as well as to encourage students to develop their social competence.

Period: 1. April 2013 – 30. September 2018

Project Website
Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Agricultural techniques: potentials and costs of greenhouse gas mitigation (LandPaKT)

Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering (ATB), Potsdam

Exploiting the substantial greenhouse gas mitigation potentials from agriculture requires viable measures on the farm level. In the graduate school LandPaKT, seven PhD students will analyze the mitigation potentials and costs systematically and merge them on the farm level. With the re-wetting of organic soils, the carbon sequestration in mineral soils depending on agricultural activities and the livestock husbandry, the most important sectors of agriculture are included in the analyses. With modelling and simulation approaches, single as well as combined measures are analyzed with regard to their overall effect. Recommendations for the most-promising measures on the farm level are deduced.

With LandPaKT, the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering (ATB) and the Agricultural-Horticultural faculty of the Humboldt University Berlin (AHF) combine their competences and offer a structured, interdisciplinary environment for the PhD students. The PhD candidates can profit from regular and qualified support and have access to several training opportunities to improve those skills which are indispensable for a successful scientific career.

Period: 1. May 2013 - 30. April 2017

Project Website
Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research (GBR)

Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity

The Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research (GBR) is a joint effort of the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) and Universities of Bonn and Münster. The goal of the Leibniz Graduate School is to educate a new generation of highly talented scientists in mastering essential skills in the seminal and interdisciplinary field of genomic biodiversity research. Focusing on bioinformatic and evolutionary-systematic topics, the PhD students in the Leibniz Graduate School address questions of major interest in modern evolutionary biodiversity research by studying genome evolution within holometabolous insects, one of the most species-rich lineages of life on Earth considering the lineage’s  evolutionary age.

Period: 1. January 2013 - 31. March 2017

Project Website
Final report (PDF)

Sustainable Use of Tropical Aquatic Systems (SUTAS)

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

The Leibniz Graduate School SUTAS is dedicated to socio-ecological research in tropical coastal regions. It aims at strengthening the  disciplinary profile of doctoral students, at training them in interdisciplinary research and at placing them within the scientific network of national and international partners.  Via SUTAS ZMT´s interdisciplinary research approach is grounded in the graduate education.

Period: 1. January 2013 - 31. May 2017

Project Website
Final report (PDF)