Qualification Programm



Complementing the research concept, the qualification program aims at extending the knowledge of doctoral researchers to neighbouring disciplines, i.e. to transcend the classical disciplinary borders between molecular biology, (stress) ecology, chemistry, physics and biogeochemistry with respect to research fields and methods applied. A second aim of the proposed doctoral researcher education is to foster teamwork and concerted action for the analysis of complex environmental systems across the classical borders between aquatic and terrestrial research as well as biogeochemical and biotic approaches.

By establishing student research teams as one key element of SystemLink, we aim to counteract a rather specialized doctoral researcher education and provide a powerful framework for high-level interdisciplinary research and knowledge management. Each research team will consist of three doctoral researchers. One team consists of those doctoral researchers working on the same research facility, with each doctoral researcher having one main supervisor and two co-supervisors. Hence, the members of each research team cooperate on complementary projects, but with different methodical backgrounds.

SystemLink will offer the participating doctoral researchers amongst others an extensive additional course program:


Soft skill development workshops

(i)        Project management

(ii)       Scientific writing & presentation

(iii)      Conversation & conflict management

(iv)     Rhetorical skills

(v)      Project funding


Specific topic workshops

(vi)     Hydrology

(vii)    Environmental chemistry

(viii)   Environmental physics

(ix)     Ecotoxicology

(x)      Geoecology

(xi)     Molecular ecology

(xii)    Physiology/food web analysis

(xiii)   Ecosystem analysis

(xiv)   Advanced data analysis

(xv)    Soil microbiology


Advanced innovation workshops

(xvi)   Entrepreneurial design thinking

(xvii)  Science-business interaction

(xviii) Ethics in science/Good scientific practice

(xix)   Science-policy interaction

(xx)    Science-social media interaction


Back to main page