Each year in February or March an IRTG workshop takes place either in Seoul or Bielefeld. The aim of these workshops is to further establish the existing research cooperations and to intensify the scientific exchange, in particular, between young researchers. The dates of these workshops are chosen in accordance with the exchange stays of the doctoral students.
At the end of the first and the fifth semester the doctoral students are invited to attend the IRTG retreat. The program of this event consists of several parts. On the one hand, one scientific block course addresses all doctoral students. Moreover, the more advanced students and the postdoctoral researchers report on the progress of their research projects. On the other hand, during the retreat we offer two block courses, one for first year doctoral students and one for the third year doctoral students. The first block course is about publications and good scientific practice. The second block course addresses career paths in academia and industry. Issues discussed here include third party funding opportunities, possible internships, math oriented jobs in industry, letters of application and job interviews.
The next retreat will take place from February 11 to February 14, 2019 on the island of Norderney.
In February 2017 we went to our first retreat. We spent two days in Paderborn and enjoyed a varied program. Besides a lecture series by Armin Schikorra about “Harmonic Maps”, short presentations of various topics, including information about the qualification program of the IRTG, the life in Seoul, publications, were held. Some of our doctoral students gave talks about their current research. In addition, we explored the smallest river of Germany, made some bowling experiences, and fought for the retreat award.
On October 7, 2016, the IRTG was officially opened with an opening ceremony at Bielefeld University. After addresses by Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf (Vice-Rector for Research Bielefeld University), Kyoungae Mun (Director Korean Education Center in Germany), Herbert Dawid (Bielefeld Graduate School in Theoretical Sciences) and Panki Kim (Spokesperson IRTG in Seoul), the Bielefeld spokesperson Moritz Kassmann talked about the doctoral education in East-Westphalia and East-Asia. The Spokesperson of the former IRTG 1132, Michael Röckner, reported on the 9 years of doctoral education within the former IRTG. A mathematical talk was given by the Mercator Fellow of the IRTG, Takashi Kumagai from Japan. The event was musically accompanied by the cellist Yoonha Choi from South Korea.