Promotion of Young Researchers

At the IRS, the promotion of young researchers is a cross-departmental objective, which is closely connected to the research programme and the cooperation with universities. Young researchers comprise of doctoral students aiming for their PhD and of post-doctoral scientists seeking to be appealabe for professorship.

Central pillars of the structured promotion of doctoral students are the "IRS doctoral colloquium" as well as the "International PhD Seminars". The Seminars regularly provide a space where the dissertations projects are discussed with senior scientists and where concepts and methods of research on society and space are imparted.

Furthermore, the IRS supports young researches to deepen their scientific networks during research secondments at other institutions and lectures on international conferences. It also promotes the attendance of scientific training and education courses and summer schools.

The IRS is currently conducting to research projects with a special focus on the qualification of young researchers. Furthermore, the doctoral and post-doctoral scientists conduct their very own qualification projects, which are very closely related to the lead project or third-party funded research of their department.

The third-party funded, cross-departmental 'MedPlan' research project examines how new media is changing urban development planning. IRS scholars combine approaches from communication and planning studies with a historical perspective on the mediatisation of 20th century urban planning. In addition, the 'MedPlan' project tests a new format for promoting young researchers. more

Rural regions – to be understood as areas with a low population density spanning between the local and the state level – are faced with major social and economic problems. In comparison to ‘predominantly urban’ or ‘intermediate’ regions, ‘predominantly rural’ regions, and particularly structurally weak rural regions, are economically less productive, which finds expression by a low level of gross domestic product . They provide a less extensive scope of desired goods and services, opportunities for higher education and qualified job offers. Not least, they are faced with recurring negative discourses on rural problems in public media resulting in negative images. The RURACTION research and training network focuses on these problems in structurally weak rural regions in Europe and on the impact of social entrepreneurship regarding the development of innovative solutions. more

PhD Candidates' Representatives