After the reactor catastrophe in Fukushima in 2011, the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS was launched to add a social-science oriented, interdisciplinary perspective to the technical dominated field of energy research in Germany. After its five years term, ENERGY-TRANS was finalized in December 2016.
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Promotion of young scholars

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The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS places high emphasis on academic education and training, The Alliance has established an ambitious programme for master and doctoral students offering them the opportunity to acquire interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experience and skills. The young scholar programme includes two pathways for doctoral student to become involved in the Alliance. First, they can enrol in each instituion’s doctoral program that has been adjusted to the special needs of young scholars in this area. Special work groups have been formed, which specialize on the Alliance’s research topics and provide many opportunities for mutual exchange and collaborative learning.

Secondly, the Alliance itself offers its doctoral students the opportunity to take part in the dedicated Helmholtz doctoral student programmes organised by the relevant Alliance partners.

The Alliance conducts an annual doctoral student colloquium that provides an interdisciplinary forum where the doctoral candidates can present their work and discuss questions and problems with senior scientists from all partner institutions. They are also actively included in the Alliance status colloquiums, project work, discussion groups and other activities, e.g. workshops. In the interest of promoting further dialogue, the Alliance offers its doctoral students the opportunity to present and discuss the results of their work in each of the partner institutions or to spend a month in one of the other partner institutions.

The contact for our doctoral students is Christian Dieckhoff.