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Accompanying curriculum

The curriculum encloses the following lecture-specific and already existing components:
  • 1h obligatory lecture “Bio-Geo-Interactions" held by all staff. After each lecturer held his/her first lesson, the respective laboratories are visited and specific methods explained. These laboratories are accessible for all PhD students.
  • Laboratory courses that are held as one week courses. Participants with a primary education in different disciplines should receive the opportunity to become acquainted with lab activities of other institutes (rotation principle) and thus will be stimulated for interdisciplinary work. A number of courses will be offered annually from which two courses per year are obligatory for every PhD student. Possible courses are:
  • Hydrogeological and hydrochemical mapping Büchel
    Sampling for hydrogeochemical analyses Büchel
    Sedimentary rocks and weathering Gaupp
    Organic geochemistry Gleixner
    Light isotope techniques Gleixner
    Cultivation and molecular analyses of fungi Kothe
    Cultivation and molecular analyses of bacteria Küsel
    Gene technology Kothe, Küsel
    Techniques of microanalysis Langenhorst
    Environmental mineralogy Langenhorst
    Raman spectroscopy Popp
    Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy  Popp

  • Ph.D. seminar (1 h, obligatory for the entire duration of the membership in the PhD network). In this seminar the staff, guest scientists and fellows will report on their research. At least once per year, the PhD student presents a 30 min. talk on the progress of his own work in addition to regular short work progress statements.
  • One work-shop "soft skills" is obligatory for all participants. For these lectures external experts will be invited in addition to the offers at the Center for Didactics and the Center for Applied Ethics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University (e.g., scientific writing, project management, female consulting/leadership and scientific ethics). Courses on subjects such as fund raising, leadership tasks, communication of research results to the public, intellectual property issues will be given by or organised in cooperation with the University’s research liaison office.
  • In addition to the aforementioned courses, participation in the already organized Bio-Geo-Kolloquium held every second week is mandatory. In an individual arrangement with a PhD student the PhD committee can fix further optional lectures from the actual teaching program.
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