Scientific service, infrastructure, central projects, and integrated research training group

The services and projects are:

MGK: Integrated Research Training Group

The primary aim of the integrated research training group is to offer structured early-career support to PhD candidates and postdocs in the CRC by means of a joint qualification programme. To provide this, the MGK has four main goals: (i) support project leaders and PhD supervisors in selecting and advising early stage researchers, (ii) establish a structured research and training environment for early stage researchers at the CRC, (iii) support PhD candidates and postdocs on their way to becoming independent researchers and in their career development, and (iv) support research and training-related networking within the CRC and beyond.

Q: Scientific service and infrastructure project

This project will provide support to the CRC by (a) advising other projects on experiment design, (b) helping projects to preregister their primary statistical analyses using the Open Science Foundation (, (c) providing training in carrying out these analyses, and (d) helping with the post-publication data management and archiving for use in the public domain. This will be achieved through four work packages that (1) provide support to the CRC for optimising experiment design and analysis, (2) provide statistical education within the CRC, (3) assist in developing and maintaining a data repository to ensure preregistration, open access of data and code, and reproducibility, and (4) develop new statistical methods and computational tools, and software packages needed for the CRC, which will be provided for the public domain.

Z: Central Administrative Project

The Central Administrative Project Z will cover all central aspects of the CRC. The Z-Project will be responsible for the coordination, organisation, and management of the CRC. Specifically, it will be responsible for the financial management of funds for central major research equipment, replacements, visiting researchers, workshops and conferences (together with the MGK), and the Mercator Fellows. For the scientific projects and the special projects, the Z-Project will manage the funds for research assistants, travel, and publication costs. In addition, global funds for gender equality, new unforeseeable developments, public relations, and start-up funding will be managed by the Z-Project. The scientific coordinator will support CRC members and guests. Finally, the scientific coordinator will be the main contact person for the DFG as well as for the administration of the University of Potsdam and will be in charge of the timely delivery of reports to the DFG.