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In the second and fourth year, we will hold internal retreats outside of but close to Cologne. Doctoral candidates will discuss their scientific progress of their projects in an informal atmosphere. These discussions will be done by presenting al posters and giving oral presentations. The doctoral candidates will be responsible for organizing the meeting with help from the RTG coordinator.

At the end of the third year, we will organize an international summer meeting in Cologne (or its vicinity) to expose our doctoral candidates to the wider international research community and to foster networking with external researchers. With support from the RTG-PIs and the coordinator, doctoral candidates will organize the major part of this event including the search for a location, setting up large parts of the program and acquiring additional funding. We will invite distinguished national and international guest speakers from academia and industry to provide a networking platform for our students.