Integrated Research Training Group (MGK)
A detailed understanding of contemporary theories on top-down and bottom-up control processes and their underlying neurobiological pathways as well as the methodological means to study and model them are essential to a comprehensive investigation of volitional control. Hence, young researchers working within the present Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) need to be provided with the highest-standard theoretical, empirical, and methodological proficiency for incisive investigations within the CRC's subprojects. Furthermore, they are to be integrated in an excellent and stimulating interdisciplinary environment for performing outstanding research, for efficiently achieving their PhD, and for building up international networks. Thus, an integrated structured training program, the MGK Volition, has been initiated in the first funding period of the present initiative. Its objectives have been to support all participating young scientists in the autonomous planning and conducting of research on a sound theoretical and methodological basis, to extend their field of research with original scientific contributions, to communicate and defend their results internationally at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed publications, and to acquire key qualifications necessary for the advancement of their scientific careers. Indeed, the MGK program has proven to be a particularly valuable part of the CRC, as it has provided an ideal environment for the aforementioned goals. Based on our experiences from the first funding period and the evaluations of the program by the MGK students, we will continue successful elements such as the annual spring schools and the lectures series. The latter will now include a mandatory part in the first half-year devoted to the communication of the CRC's theoretical background, aims, structure, staff, and equipment. We will also slightly change the program outline by straightening mandatory elements. The MGK curriculum of the second funding period thus will comprise a series of (i) Lectures and (ii) Schools, held by invited experts in the cognitive-affective neurosciences as well as by members of the CRC. The acquisition of theoretical and methodological knowledge will be complemented by training courses in (iii) Skills in scientific techniques (neuroimaging, programming, statistics, modeling etc.) as well as in scientific writing and presentation. Additionally, this program element will include key skills necessary for successful scientific careers such as rhetoric and language skills as well as management and teaching abilities. Finally, (iv) Support throughout our students' project work will be provided by their supervisors and a co-supervisor, by annual self-organized retreats, and by a travel award. Special emphasis will be put on fostering the achievement of women in science and the compatibility of career development and family care for young parents.
The Faculty and the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as hosts are delighted to welcome Dr. Michelle Craske – an internationally outstanding scientist in clinical psychology and the behavioural neurosciences as Eleonore-Trefftz-guest professor during the upcoming summer term 2016. Dr. Craske will give – in addition to lectures in the Bühler Kolloquium and the SFB-MGK – a tutorial and intensive mentoring seminar “Women in science” for ten selected female PhD and postdocs in the field of psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, and neuroscience (on application only). Please find further details here.