The training and promotion of young scientists is an explicit commitment of all our members and participating institutions. Our consortium seeks to attract highly motivated and gifted early-career investigators, and to provide them with the skills and qualifications needed to become the rising generation of biomedical and clinical scientists. With our coordinated Young Scientist Programme we strive to stimulate and support the early-career researchers to prepare them for leading positions in academia, research institutes, and industry.
Horizontal integration of training will be achieved through several mechanisms. The use of web-based video communication will provide a means to disseminate lectures and seminars throughout the network. Interdisciplinary practical courses are offered on specific subjects and advanced technologies, tailored to advance knowledge and aid research by introduction of new methods and tools. Young scientists have the opportunities to attend up to two one-week laboratory rotations at participating university sites. This measure will broaden horizons and allow young investigators to benefit from the wealth of scientific opportunities at the different centres of the CRC/TRR.
Vertical integration at any one university site will be achieved by local training programmes consisting of practical work in the laboratory, progress reports, journal clubs, and local CRC/TRR seminars. This will serve to foster the interaction of scientists at different levels of their academic career (professors, group leaders, postdoc, doctoral candidates, students). Completion of the CRC-provided educational programme will endow young researchers with scientific competence as well as laboratory management and communication skills as the foundation of individual success and long-term advancement in an important field of basic biomedical and clinical research.