IRTG - Integrated Research Training Group

Scientific Coordinator

Nadine Berger

IRTG Board

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ursula van Rienen - CRC speaker
Prof. Dr. med. habil. Alexander Storch - IRTG speaker
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Spors - IRTG deputy speaker
Dipl.-Geogr. Nadine Berger - IRTG scientific coordinator
M.Sc. Hendrikje Raben - IRTG members speaker
M.Sc. Abdul Razzaq Farooqi - IRTG members deputy speaker
M.Sc. Kai Budde - IRTG members representative for GA topics

Contact for research training group


2018 IRTG Summer School (Copyright ITMZ/University of Rostock)
2018 IRTG Summer School (Copyright ITMZ/University of Rostock)


2017 IRTG Members Retreat Barth (Copyright ITMZ/University of Rostock)
2017 IRTG Members Retreat Barth (Copyright ITMZ/University of Rostock)

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 proposed 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 / Internal IRTG Workshops

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

Internal IRTG Workshops

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

  • Wed, 08.11.17: Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger
  • Wed, 22.11.17: M.Sc. Kai Budde
  • Wed, 06.12.17: Martina Grüning & Simone Krüger
  • Wed, 13.12.17: M.Sc. Kai Budde
  • Thu,  04.01.18: 15:30 Biologist Meeting
  • Wed, 24.01.18: IRTG Member Meeting
  • Wed, 07.02.18. Dipl.-Ing. Hans-E. Lange
  • Wed, 14.02.18: M.Sc. Franz Plocksties
  • Wed, 14.03.18: Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger
  • Wed, 21.03.18: Alina Schubert
  • Fri,    06.04.18: 13:00 Biologists‘ Meeting at „Roter Salon“, LL&M Building
  • Wed, 16.05.18: M.Sc. Andreas Ruscheinski, afterwards Biologists‘ Meeting
  • Wed, 30.05.18: Elisa Krummrich, Seminarraum 2, Institute of Physics
  • Wed, 20.06.18: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Köhling
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 Summer Schools:

  • Summer School “Clinical Needs for Electrically Active Implants” at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, May 23rd-25th, 2018
  • Summer School “Uncertainty Quantification” at University of Rostock, May 28th-29th, 2018

ELAINE Retreats

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

Past and planned Annual Retreats:

  • First Annual Retreat at Hotel Speicher Barth, October 12th-13th, 2018
  • Second Annual Retreat at Hotel Hanseatic Göhren, September 18th-20th, 2018
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.

The First Annual BaTs Workshop takes place at Gutshaus Parin, November 5th-7th, 2018.

2018 organizing committee: Hendrikje Raben (speaker), Nadine Berger, Kai Budde, Abdul Razzaq Farooqi, Maria Kober, Frank Krüger, Simone Krüger, Hans-Eckhard Lange.

4 Joint Projects

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.

2018 Joint Projects: Biologists, DBS, Simulations, Orthopedic Energy Harvesting Demonstrator, Current behaviour in ACSF, BaTs Workshop Kommittee.

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.