Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

Welcome to the website of the Integraded Research Training Group (IRTG) of the CRC1242!

On this page, we will tell you about the IRTG, how to apply, our annual Ph.D. Retreat, and our upcoming and previous events.

IRTG Overview

What is the IRTG?

The Integrated Research Training Group is part of the CRC 1242 and is co-hosted by Marika Schleberger and Jürgen König. The IRTG supports the CRC in qualifying the doctoral students for the research program and for a later career in academia, industry, and administration. It offers doctoral students a comprehensive training program in fundamental sciences and key skills.

More information can be found here.

Ph.D. Spokespersons

The over 40 Ph.D. students are represented by five Ph.D. spokespersons that are elected by the Ph.D.'s annually on the Ph.D. Retreat. Together with the CRC1242 office, they organize the annual Ph.D. Retreat, group-building activities, or small presents in Easter and Christmas time.

Current Ph.D. Spokespersons

Ph.D. Retreat 2022

This year, the annual Ph.D. retreat will take place in Schloss Buchenau from 20.-23.06.

It will cover different areas over all stages of the Ph.D. From all-day applicable workshops like "Voice and Speech" and "Work-Life-Sleep-Balance" to workshops for the life after the Ph.D. like "Job Search - Perspectives after the Ph.D." and "Leadership Skills".

Find out more information, like the program, the scope, and the coaches for the workshop, on our Ph.D. Retreat 2022 website you can find below.

Ph.D. Retreat 2022

Upcoming IRTG Events

31.05.2022 Colloquium: Prof. Dr. Claudia Draxl, HU Berlin
08.06.2022 Colloquium: Prof. Dr. Christopher Jarzynski, University of Maryland

Ph.D. Retreat in Schloss Buchenau

Previous IRTG Events


19.10.2021 - 18.01.2022 Colloquium of the Winter Term Hybrid Event
08.10.2021 Workshop on Research Data Management University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
13.09.2021 - 16.09.2021 Summer School 2021 Schloss Buchenau, Eiterfeld, Germany
13.07.2021 - 16.07.2021 Ph.D. Retreat 2021 Akademie Klausenhof, Hamminkeln, Germany
20.04.2021 - 22.06.2021 Colloquium of the Summer Term Hybrid Event


28.09.2020 - 01.10.2020 Ph.D. Retreat 2020 Haus Nordhelle, Meinerzhagen, Germany


19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 Summer School 2019 Bad Honnef, Germany
13.05.2019 - 15.05.2019 Ph.D. Retreat 2019 Schloss Gnadenthal, Kleve, Germany


11.06.2018 - 13.06.2018 Ph.D. Retreat 2018 Haus Nordhelle, Meinerzhagen, Germany


07.08.2017 - 11.08.2017 Summer School 2017 St. Peter-Ording, Germany
15.05.2017 - 17.05.2017 Ph.D. Retreat 2017 Akademie Klausenhof, Hamminkeln, Germany