All CASA doctoral researchers are accompanied by two supervisors. The second supervisor typically represents a field that is relevant for the dissertation research, yet complementary to that of the main advisor.
In order to firmly anchor interdisciplinary research in CASA, each PhD student will work for at least six weeks in the research group of another CASA Principal Investigator. During this time, the doctoral student will work on an interdisciplinary research problem relevant to the dissertation and integrate the expertise of the CASA Principal Investigator.
The Retreat is a 2,5-day event in which all doctoral students, postdoctoral students and PIs from CASA are involved. The early career researchers present the current state of their research, the PIs discuss the results and provide suggestions for future working methods.
The PIs will develop a number of new, CASA-specific courses. The focus will be on topics in emerging research areas relevant to CASA. The courses are open to master students in order to get enthusiastic young scientists interested in CASA topics and to qualify them accordingly at an early stage. CASA will offer courses on topics that are only rarely taught, which will help to establish internationally leading M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs.
The CASA Graduate School Seminar will have an innovative format. The doctoral researchers will use an important overview paper from their field as a basis for their presentation. In addition to interdisciplinary training, other key goals of the seminar will be to prepare the young researchers for academic discussions and sensitize them to pedagogical aspects.