Integrated Research Training Group "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media"


A structured doctoral programme for doctoral researchers of the University of Stuttgart and international partners of SFB 1313

General Concept

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG-IMPM) is designed to meet the following fundamental guidelines:

  • Ensure quality standards of excellence for doctoral research
  • Offer junior scientists high-quality interdisciplinary training
  • Foster international mobility and communication with an international expert community
  • Support doctoral researchers in becoming independent researchers at the earliest stage possible

All doctoral researchers of the SFB 1313 are members of IRTG-IMPM and all doctoral researchers of the University of Stuttgart and the international partners working in the field of porous media are invited to join IRTG-IMPM. You can find more information on how to apply here.

The Four Pillars of the Qualification Programme

Subject related courses:

  • First year training: core study programme with selected courses from M.Sc. study programmes. At least 6 credits must be achieved by full and associate members of IRTG-IMPM.
  • Second year training: specialised short courses given by the Principal Investigators and the international partners. At least 3 credits must be achieved by full and associate members of IRTG-IMPM.

Soft-skill courses:

IRTG-IMPM organises a bi-weekly doctoral seminar (aligned with the SFB 1313 seminar) with presentations by the doctoral researchers and invited external scientists. An annual doctoral workshop and a 2-weeks summer school every second year complete the pillar. 

Seminars and summer schools

Doctoral workshop

IRTG-IMPM supports a stay abroad at one of our partner institutions for all doctoral researchers, with a duration of at least three months. Active participation at international workshops and conferences is highly encouraged as well. Full members can benefit from financial support by IRTG-IMPM for travelling.

Research stay abroad

IRTG-IMPM installs an advisory principle: each doctoral researcher is assigned a local advisors and two co-examiners. The advisor and the (prospective) co-examiners will be named in the admission application at the start of the doctoral programme and officially appointed for the milestone presentation. At least one co-examiner must belong to a foreign university or research institute.

Additionally, monitoring consists of:

  • One presentation and an orientation interview with advisor and co-examiners during the first year
  • Milestone presentation after 12-18 months
  • At least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal 

For further information please contact

This image shows Christian Rohde

Christian Rohde

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Deputy Spokesperson, Principal Investigator, Research Projects B03 and C02, Project MGK

This image shows Grazia Lamanna

Grazia Lamanna


Principal Investigator, Research Project A06, Project MGK

This image shows Samaneh Vahid Dastjerdi

Samaneh Vahid Dastjerdi

M. Sc.

Doctoral Researcher, Management, Project MGK, Central Project Z

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