Topics studied span the spectrum from the evolution of the concept of "privacy" and the processes and practices of today's innovative society right through to the efficient use of resources in companies. Several of the newly-approved Research Training Groups focus on aspects of globalisation. In the life sciences, groups are examining such issues as bacterial survival strategies and improving radiation therapy; those in the natural sciences will examine the nature of dark matter and complex networks in, for example, climate research and land use change.
One of the 18 new RTGs is an International Research Training Group and a first, to boot. The first German-Brazilian RTG has been established in Berlin and So Paolo and brings together physicists, mathematicians, biologists, climatologists and geographers from both countries to research complex networks. A bridge has also been created between science and art, thanks to the Berlin University of the Arts and its RTG "Knowledge in the Arts", which brings together art scholars and artists. Several of the new RTGs are spread over different locations, enabling them to provide opportunities for collaboration to early-career researchers in smaller subject areas where the "critical mass" required for submitting an application would not have been achieved at a single university.
Another new feature is intended to enable Research Training Groups to contribute to the transfer of scientific knowledge and thus to dialogue between universities and businesses, as well as with the public sector. Effective immediately, funds for transfer projects can also be applied for within the framework of this DFG funding programme. Two initial transfer projects applied for by a Karlsruhe Research Training Group on "Process Chains in Production" have now bee
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