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Abstract

The Integrated Graduate School offers its members a unique scientific training in the research area of the TRR 154  “Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization exemplified by gas networks.” In addition, the members develop key skills required for a successful professional career in industry and academia. In the long term, this will increase the career prospects of TRR 154 members as well as the TRR 154's appeal to outstanding national and international applicants. The members of the Graduate School are doctoral candidates funded by the TRR 154, students whose projects are closely related, as well as candidates that have been awarded short-time grants (between 6 and 12 months). Moreover, post-doctoral researchers working on related fields are also admitted.
The scientific part of the research program is defined by the contents of the TRR 154 and includes for example trans-regional summer and winter schools, regular lectures and block courses given by guest researchers as well as lecture series that at each site are specifically designed for the main research fields of the TRR 154.
The doctoral candidates reach early scientific independence by establishing their own research networks. These networks will be built by joint events of different graduate schools, by visiting international conferences, by research stays abroad or by participating in excursions. The doctoral candidates are responsible for the content and organization of parts of the activities such as, for example, organizing academic seminars in collaboration with research partners. The members organize themselves by forming a committee of Student Representatives that consists of representatives from each site. Furthermore, trainee programs of each site’s Graduate School provide additional training to improve interdisciplinary skills.
In order to ensure a specific and comprehensive supervision that allows graduates to build a research profile and complete their thesis project within a predefined time period, each member of the Graduate School is assigned two mentors that are PIs in the TRR 154. Each research plan is specified in a PhD agreement. The agreements are based on the standards of the respective Graduate School of each site. Furthermore, they are agreed upon by the doctoral students and their supervisors. They also cover publications, attended lectures and workshops as well as soft-skill courses. Regular discussions with the supervisors and mentors allow critical review of the scientific progess.