Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education of Young Scientists

In addition to research into the inherently coupled natural processes of climate, water availability, and tectonics, education of young researchers addresses the needs of developing thinking beyond the disciplinary borders.

DESERVE has build up an interdisciplinary network of young scientists on the bachelor, master, and PhD levels. A number of actions, involving the Graduate Schools GRACE and Porter, are taken to promote young scientists:

  • A Visiting Young Scientist Programme  enables researchers from all countries to stay at a hosting lab of a DESERVE partner for periods of a few weeks up to a few months.
  • Common Interdisciplinary Winter Schools and Field Campaigns bring together young scientists, well-established senior scientists, engineers, and technicians from all DESERVE partners to work across classical disciplinary boundaries.
  • For each student a Supervision Committee is established, consisting of members of all disciplines to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Student Scholarships as well as travel support to present own research results at conferences are given to ambitious students.





Thus, this promotion of interdisciplinary education of young scientists forms the basis for coping with the challenges addressed in DESERVE: Environmental risks, water availability, and climate change.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Christoph Kottmeier
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-TRO)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen