The RTG curriculum will start in July 2020 with a two-week introductory course for the first class of doctoral candidates. Throughout the introductory course, doctoral candidates will come in close contact with their peers as well as with RTG-PIs and thus also with the members of their thesis advisory committees (TAC). Doctoral candidates will explore the university campus and Cologne, and through laboratory visits will get to know the different laboratories involved in the RTG. Lectures and skill-modules will allow forming common scientific ground. Through different social activities, doctoral candidates will get to know their peers (e.g. guided city tour, ”get together”, ”evening mixer”, “Brauhaus-Tour”).