IRTG Board

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ursula van Rienen - CRC spokesperson
Prof. Dr. med. habil. Alexander Storch - IRTG project leader
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Adelinde Uhrmacher - IRTG project leader
Dipl.-Geogr. Nadine Berger - IRTG scientific coordinator
M.Sc. Simone Krüger - 2021/II IRTG members speaker
M.Sc. Julius Zimmermann - 2021/II IRTG members deputy speaker
M.Sc. Nina Hennicke - 2021/II IRTG members representative for GA topics

IRTG Board Alumni:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Spors - 2017-2021/I IRTG project leader
M.Sc. Kai Budde - 2018 IRTG members representative for GA topics
M.Sc. Thomas Distler - 2020/21 IRTG members speaker, 2019 IRTG members representative for GA topics
M.Sc. Abdul Razzaq Farooqi - 2018 IRTG members deputy speaker
Dipl.-Ing. Stefanie Kreß - 2019 IRTG members deputy speaker
M.Sc. Hendrikje Raben - 2018 IRTG members speaker
M.Sc. Max Schröder - 2019 IRTG members speaker


The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1270 ELAINE aspires to achieve outstanding research in the transdisciplinary field of electrically active implants. It is thus pivotally necessary to provide young researchers involved in the CRC with the highest-standard theoretical and methodological expertise for an insightful examination of the CRC topics, both general and project-specific. An excellent and stimulating interdisciplinary Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) can support this, helping those involved to perform outstanding research, efficiently achieve their doctoral degree and build international networks. The IRTG encourages scientific independence and stimulates interdisciplinary research of the young scientists within the CRC 1270 ELAINE by offering a well-structured qualification programme that imparts not only scientific proficiency, but also social and professional key competences. Another central aim of the IRTG is to insure frequent communication within the consortium of interdisciplinary projects at the level of ELAINE’s doctoral researchers so that they learn to interact and cooperate with other researchers across various disciplines on topics relating to the overall theme of the CRC. The objectives of the IRTG are to enable the participants to autonomously plan and conduct research on a sound theoretical and methodological basis, to develop their field of research with original scientific contributions, to communicate and defend their results internationally at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed publications, and to acquire key qualifications necessary for the advancement of their scientific careers.

The IRTG Qualification Concept

The objectives of the IRTG are pursued by a structured curriculum comprising activities for peer-based knowledge transfer, permanently scheduled interdisciplinary seminars, the invitation of guest scientists, participation at conferences and summer schools, and regularly scheduled retreats. The doctoral researchers are actively involved in the planning of these events and organise a significant portion of the activities themselves. The structured curriculum is complemented by the input from the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of three senior members of the CRC. TAC members offer high expertise, broad experience, and dedicated guidance to the doctoral researchers. They meet with the young researcher on a regular basis to give feedback on progress and performance, and advise how to accomplish ambitious research aims. Moreover, mandatory external research stays are an additional key element of the scientific qualification measures of the CRC.

1 Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Lectures are given by external experts and by CRC members. The general public is invited to attend these lectures. For the program of the Lecture Series, please follow this link


2 Summer Schools / Retreats

IRTG Summer Schools

The Rostock Summer Schools on Electrically Active Implants are a platform for exchange of distinguished invited experts and young scientists and complement the Lecture Series by a method-focused approach.

Past and planned Summer Schools:

  • Summer School "Biomaterials for Electrically Active Implants" at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, June 3rd-5th, 2020 (postponed)
  • Summer School “Uncertainty Quantification” at University of Rostock, May 28th-29th, 2018
  • Summer School “Clinical Needs for Electrically Active Implants” at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, May 23rd-25th, 2018

ELAINE Retreats

In a quiet atmosphere, complex topics specific to the CRC are brought forward, discussed, and future oriented ideas are presented.

Past Annual Retreats:

  • Fourth Annual Retreat, August 18th-20th, 2020 - virtual
  • Third Annual Retreat at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, September 18th-20th, 2019
  • Second Annual Retreat at Hotel Hanseatic Göhren, September 18th-20th, 2018
  • First Annual Retreat at Hotel Speicher Barth, October 12th-13th, 2017
3 Basics and Trends Workshops

At annual Basics and Trends Workshops (“BaTs Workshops”), all doctoral researchers present progress reports followed by extensive discussions with all IRTG members.

Past and planned IRTG BaTs Workshops:

  • Third Annual BaTs Workshop at Gutshaus Parin, November 25th-27th, 2020 - postponed to May 10th-12th, 2021, NEW: Online event May 10th, 2021, with guest speakers Dr. Elisabeth Bik, "The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research", and Virginia Bolowski, "Funding Opportunities for (Early Career) Scientists" and "Scientific Writing of Grant proposals"
    Organizing committee: Philipp Henning, Nadine Berger, Michael Sämann, Julius Zimmermann
  • Second Annual BaTs Workshop at Gutshaus Parin, November 4th-6th, 2019
    Organizing committee: Michael Sämann, Nadine Berger, Maria Kober, Stefanie Kreß, Wiebke Radlof, Max Schröder, Julius Zimmermann
  • First Annual BaTs Workshop at Gutshaus Parin, November 5th-7th, 2018
    Organizing committee: Hendrikje Raben, Nadine Berger, Kai Budde, Abdul Razzaq Farooqi, Maria Kober, Frank Krüger, Simone Krüger, Hans-Eckhard Lange
4 Joint Projects/Internal IRTG Workshops

This is a project based educational tool focusing on experimental technologies, empirical research, statistics and the development of models. Joint projects are of particular interest at the beginning of the research in the CRC.

Active Joint Projects 

Biologists, DBS, Simulations, Orthopedic Energy Harvesting Demonstrator, Current behaviour in ACSF, BaTs Workshop Kommittee.


Internal IRTG Workshops

Location: LL&M Building, 18051 Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Str. 25, Room 110
Starting time: 14:00

  • Wed, 28.04.21: Dr. Stefan Eberhard: Publishing a paper - How to find a suitable journal? (online)
  • Wed, 17.02.21: Fourth Annual IRTG Member Meeting (virtual)
  • Wed, 22.02.20: Third Annual IRTG Member Meeting
  • Mon 04.11.19 - Wed 06.11.19: Second Annual IRTG BaTs Workshop at Hotel Gutshaus Parin
  • Wed, 07.08.19: M.Sc. Kai Budde: Approximate Bayesian Computation
  • Tue, 18.06.19: 13:00 Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger & M.Sc. Max Schröder: Hands-on workshop on data sharing platform (room 202, Albert-Einstein-Str. 3), followed by ELAINE summer fest
  • Wed, 27.02.19: 13:15 Information on 2019 BaTs Workshop
  • Wed, 23.01.19: Second Annual IRTG Member Meeting, with three external speakers
  • Mon, 05.11.18 - Wed, 07.11.18: First Annual IRTG BaTs Workshop at Hotel Gutshaus Parin
  • Wed, 20.06.18: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Köhling
  • Wed, 30.05.18: Elisa Krummrich, Seminarraum 2, Institute of Physics
  • Wed, 16.05.18: M.Sc. Andreas Ruscheinski and Biologists‘ Meeting
  • Fri,    06.04.18: 13:00 Biologists‘ Meeting at „Roter Salon“
  • Wed, 21.03.18: Alina Schubert
  • Wed, 14.03.18: Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger
  • Wed, 14.02.18: M.Sc. Franz Plocksties
  • Wed, 07.02.18. Dipl.-Ing. Hans-E. Lange
  • Wed, 24.01.18: First Annual IRTG Member Meeting
  • Thu,  04.01.18: 15:30 Biologist Meeting
  • Wed, 13.12.17: M.Sc. Kai Budde
  • Wed, 06.12.17: M.Sc. Martina Grüning & M.Sc. Simone Krüger
  • Wed, 22.11.17: M.Sc. Kai Budde
  • Wed, 08.11.17: Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger
5 Research Stays

Researchs stays of up to three months in an institution abroad may be funded for IRTG members (application to IRTG office in agreement with their supervisor).

6 Skills and Competence

The Graduate Academy of the University of Rostock, the Rostock International House, the IT- and Media Centre, and the Centre of Entrepreneurship (ZfE) offer a wide range of workshops open to all IRTG members.

7 Thesis Advisory Committee

Each IRTG member is supervised by his or her Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). Progress reports and progress report meetings are due on a schedule specifically defined for each doctoral researcher in order to give feedback and advice on progress and performance. The TAC complements the supervision by the main group leader and – as an important aspect of TAC thesis supervision – TAC members are available for resolving disputes if any conflicts arise.

8 Stipends

A limited number of short-term fellowships for a period of up to one year are available - link.

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Waltemath at our first online IRTG Lecture
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Waltemath at our first online IRTG Lecture
Second IRTG BaTs Workshop
Second IRTG BaTs Workshop
Lecture Series / Colloquium
Lecture Series / Colloquium
First IRTG BaTs Workshop
First IRTG BaTs Workshop
Lecture at Hasenwinkel
Lecture at Hasenwinkel
First IRTG Summer School © ITMZ | Universität Rostock
First IRTG Summer School © ITMZ | Universität Rostock
First ELAINE Retreat - IRTG Members © ITMZ | Universität Rostock
First ELAINE Retreat - IRTG Members © ITMZ | Universität Rostock