IRTG Board

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ursula van Rienen - SFB 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. Laura Lembcke - 2024 IRTG members speaker
M.Sc. Jan Philipp Payonk - 2024 IRTG members deputy speaker
M.Sc. Meike Bielfeldt - 2024 IRTG members representative for GA topics

IRTG Board Alumni

IRTG project leader:
2017/II-2021/I: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Spors

IRTG members representatives:
2023: Laura Lembcke, Jan Philipp Payonk, Meike Bielfeldt
2022: Laura Lembcke, Jan Philipp Payonk, Julius Zimmermann
2021/II: Simone Krüger, Julius Zimmermann, Nina Hennicke
2021/I: Thomas Distler, Simone Krüger, Julius Zimmermann
2020: Thomas Distler, Simone Krüger, Julius Zimmermann
2019: Max Schröder, Stephanie Kreß, Thomas Distler
2018: Hendrikje Raben, Abdul Razzaq Farooqi, Kai Budde
2017/II: Hendrikje Raben, Abdul Razzaq Faroqi, Kathrin Badstübner


The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 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 SFB with the highest-standard theoretical and methodological expertise for an insightful examination of the SFB 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 SFB 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 SFB. 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 SFB. 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 SFB.

1 Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Lectures are given by external experts and by SFB 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 summer schools:

  • Summer school "Biomaterials for Electrically Active Implants" at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, May 18th-20th, 2022
  • 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 and planned annual retreats:

  • Eigth annual retreat, October 7th-9th, 2024
  • Seventh annual retreat at Gut Ulrichshusen, September 18th-20th, 2023
  • Sixth annual retreat at Gut Ulrichshusen, August 29th-31st, 2022
  • Fifth annual retreat at Tagungshotel der Wirtschaft Schloss Hasenwinkel, October 3rd-5th, 2021
  • 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:

  • Sixth annual Fifth BaTs workshop at Schloss Hasenwinkel, July 8th-10th, 2024 
    Organizing committee: Jan Philipp Payonk, Nadine Berger, Meike Bielfeldt, Laura Lembcke, Paula Respondek, Meike Statz
  • BaTs workshop at Schloss Hasenwinkel, June 26th-28th, 2023
    Organizing committee: Meike Statz, Nadine Berger, Meike Bielfeldt, Laura Lembcke, Jan Philipp Payonk, Paula Respondek
  • Fourth annual BaTs workshop at Universität Rostock, May 30th-June 1st, 2022
    Organizing committee: Meike Genzow, Jan Philipp Payonk, Meike Statz, Julius Zimmermann
  • Third annual BaTs workshop, 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" - online event
    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

  • Thu, 13.06.23: Stammtisch - Stadthafen
  • Wed, 24.01.24: Seventh Annual IRTG Member Meeting
  • Thu, 07.12.23: Stammtisch - Weihnachtsmarkt
  • Tue, 14.11.23 and Wed, 15.11.23: Autumn School "Digital Twins"
  • Wed, 13.09.23: Stammtisch - Bar
  • Wed, 01.02.23: Stammtisch - Bowling
  • Tue, 28.02.23 - Wed, 01.03.23: Dr. Juliane Handschuh (Berlin): Managing Your PhD and Networking; at Albert-Einstein-Straße 2, room 116  
  • Wed, 01.02.23: Sixth Annual IRTG Member Meeting
  • Tue, 20.12.22: Stammtisch - Weihnachtsmarkt
  • Mon, 26.09.22: Stammtisch - Barbecue
  • Mon, 22.08.22: Kai Budde: Introduction into R (all day)
  • Tue, 05.07.22: Stammtisch - Biergarten
  • Wed, 06.04.22: Stammtisch - Bar
  • Wed, 09.03.22: Dr.-Ing. Frank Krüger & M.Sc. Sascha Genehr: How to use Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs)
  • Wed, 17.01.22: Fifth Annual IRTG Member Meeting
  • Wed, 01.12.21: IRTG Workshop and pub quiz
  • 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.

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