A broad spectrum of lectures and seminars allows each doctoral researcher to customize a curriculum based on research interest and personal needs and shall be decided in dialogue with the supervisors. The elements of the HEIBRiDS PhD Program curriculum are broken down into 4 modules and visualized in the figure below:
Personal supervision and advice on the research project is guaranteed through bi-annual meetings with all supervisors and by annual meetings with the Thesis Advisory Comittee (TAC). The TAC advises on the project proposal in the first year and reviews the progress and personal development in the following years.
The scientific training program provides a wide range of lectures and workshops to enhance scientific skills and expertise. In addition to the interdisciplinary training organized by the HEIBRiDS Data Science School, each university and research center offers its own set of research-related courses. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the HEIBRiDS program, the scientific training shall complement the background of the doctoral candidate, e.g. candidates with strong data science background shall select courses primarily from the particular application domain, whereas candidates with a strong application domain background should select courses on data science. Scientific and soft training courses shall be selected after agreement with the supervisors.
Personal skills training and career development for early-career researchers is an integral part of the broader range of activities supported by the HEIBRiDS Data Science School. Because acquiring non-scientific skills is an important aspect of a researcher's career path and contributes to their wider professional development, the HEIBRiDS Office has official partnerships with the Dahlem Research School and the Humboldt Graduate School, providing access of all HEIBRiDS PhD students, irrespective of their university affiliation, to follow courses from their extensive list of offered courses. In addition, HEIBRiDS PhD students can attend courses offered by the Helmholtz Association, as well as by all partner Helmholtz Centers. A list of suggestions and useful links can be found here.
Doctoral researchers are strongly encouraged to play an active role in the scientific community, e.g. communicating their research to a scientific audience in lab meetings and research seminars, by inviting guest speakers, organizing meetings and colloquia, etc. Furthermore, doctoral researchers must present their research project at the annual HEIBRiDS Retreat. The HEIBRiDS Retreat is an important part of the curriculum, fostering scientific cross-disciplinary exchange and interaction. This event is organized with the active support of doctoral researchers, providing valuable lessons in organization and communication skills. Last but not least, doctoral researchers should present their scientific work at least once at an international conference.