Structured promotion program

The IUF – Leibniz Institute for Environmental Medicine regards the qualified support and training of junior scientists as central task. A structured support shall give PhD students of the IUF the opportunity to prepare a high quality dissertation in an interdisciplinary, translational acting research institute and thereby to set the foundation for an international scientific career.

Core element of this supporting program is a promotion agreement that is made between the doctoral candidate and the institute. It settles among others the support of the hosting university and the duration of the promotion. It ensures that the personal financing and the infrastructure that are necessary for the promotion are guaranteed and that a promotion’s duration of about three years is not exceeded. The possibility to publish data, to visit congresses, to internationalize, to form cooperations in particular within the Leibniz Research Alliances and to gain so-called soft skills is given in this framework.

The IUF is a member of the "Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf" (iGRAD) at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. The iGRAD's continuing education, consulting and service offers specifically support the qualification of young scientists.

The successful progress of the promotion project is accompanied by the elected PhD committee. In case of conflicts PhD students can address the ombudspersons Charlotte Esser and Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann.

PhD committee:

C. Esser (Chair)
N. Ventura
J. Tigges
T. Wahle
K. Schlüppmann

PhD speaker:

Kevin Schlüppmann and Julia Kapr

As the elected representative of all doctoral students at IUF, they represent the interests of their group in regular meetings with the management.