Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) supports doctoral candidates and supervisors associated with the interdisciplinary high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines at the University of Bremen. In particular, MMMIGS promotes structured doctoral education, serves as a hub for already established structured programs, and offers a demand-tailored scientific qualification program. The qualification program complements the transferable skills workshops offered by Bremen Early Career Researcher Development (BYRD) as well as the thematic courses offered by the doctoral programs themselves.
At the University of Bremen, the right to award doctorates is exercised by the faculties. The relevant regulations and procedural rules are developed by doctoral committees and approved by the Vice President Research to assure their quality. Scientific supervision of doctoral candidates is usually carried out individually by a university professor. Individual supervision can, however, be supplemented by various instruments that serve quality assurance and promote the independence of doctoral candidates. This includes involvement of additional (external) supervisors and reviewers, for example in the context of structured doctoral programs, measures to introduce doctoral candidates into an appropriate scientific context as well as qualification offers that prepare them for a career in academia and beyond. The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) carries the above-mentioned supplementary measures into the high-profile area and promotes their implementation. In particular, MMMIGS focuses on establishing structured doctoral programs, involving doctoral candidates in the high-profile area, and offering a subject-specific qualification program.
MMMIGS doctoral programs
What is a structured doctoral program?
A structured doctoral program is characterized by a thematically focused research program and a complementary study program. As a rule, at least five university professors are involved in such a doctoral program. Ten to fifteen doctoral candidates each form a cohort and go through the doctoral phase together. The accompanying study program provides them with technical and methodological knowledge and prepares doctoral candidates for a career within and outside academia.
EASE Integrated Research Training Group
The EASE Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) provides high-quality training to doctoral candidates within the collaborative research centre EASE (Everyday Activity Science & Engineering) for them to obtain key skills and expert knowledge. The IRTG offers measures and activities to ensure and safeguard that doctoral candidates receive the best possible support in the start-up phase of their career, professionally and personally. Its qualification program includes topic-based seminars and workshops as well as an annual Fall School.
Doctoral Program Empowering Digital Media
Empowering Digital Media (EDM) is a doctoral program funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The aim of the program is to examine the role of digital media in the digital revolution. Moreover, EDM intends to create, implement and evaluate methods and artifacts which have the potential to support people in a sustainable way and have a positive impact on society as a whole. The program started in 2017.
Your doctoral program could appear here!
Please find more information about MMMIGS membership for existing doctoral programs at the end of this page. If you are interested in setting up a structured doctoral program, in applying for recognition of such a program at the University of Bremen, or in applying for third-party funding, please read on here.
Establishment, recognition, and funding of doctoral programs
Advisory services for members of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) advises and supports members of the high-profile area in the design of new structured doctoral programs, in applying for recognition of their existing or new structured doctoral programs at the University of Bremen and, if necessary, in applying for third-party funding. Please contact us by email to make an appointment.
Establishment of new doctoral programs
In its strategy 2018-2028, the University of Bremen has set itself the goal of initiating further structured doctoral programs in order to increase its attractiveness for international master’s students and doctoral candidates, but also to prepare doctoral candidates for a career beyond academia.
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) advises and supports members of the high-profile area in the design of new structured doctoral programs, in applying for recognition of their existing or new structured doctoral programs at the University of Bremen and, if necessary, in applying for third-party funding.
Internal recognition of doctoral programs
In February 2020, an internal recognition procedure for structured doctoral programs has been implemented at the University of Bremen by the research commission of the Academic Senate. The application guidelines formulated for this purpose include minimum standards that make transparent what is considered a structured doctoral program at the University of Bremen and what requirements are placed on the participating principal investigators.
The internal recognition is supposed to strengthen international collaborations and joint applications for third-party funding. Furthermore, it supports qualification of doctoral candidates on a subject-specific level, allows for exchange of best practice examples between the doctoral programs, and facilitates quality assurance.
Financial funding of doctoral programs
Various research funding organizations provide financial support for structured doctoral programs. The funding programs of foundations and research organizations are mostly topic-specific.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the European Commission (EC), however, have open topic funding lines specifically for doctoral programs. The DFG, for example, supports doctoral programs as (International/Integrated) Research Training Groups, the EC as Doctoral Networks as part of its Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
At the University of Bremen, third-party funded doctoral programs are recognized as structured doctoral programs automatically, that is, without additional application.
Participation in qualification workshops and courses
The qualification offers of the Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School are open to all doctoral candidates who take part in one of the MMMIGS doctoral programs listed above or whose doctorate is supervised by a member of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines. For a current list of MMM members, please click on this link. Information regarding registration can be found in the respective event description.
Upcoming workshops and courses
Transferable skills training
At the University of Bremen, the support center Bremen Early Career Researcher Development (BYRD) offers a transferable skills training program specially tailored to doctoral candidates. Their workshops and information events support doctoral candidates in their research activities and provide them with additional qualifications for a scientific career, but also for starting a career outside of academia after completing the doctorate. BYRD’s program is open to all doctoral candidates at the University of Bremen. Individual courses can, however, also be integrated directly into the study program of a structured doctoral program. Within the Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School, BYRD’s courses can also be offered for groups of doctoral candidates made up of members of various doctoral programs or working groups.
Scientific qualification offers
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School complements BYRD’s offer with a demand-tailored scientific qualification program. The focus is on courses and workshops that are of interest to doctoral candidates from various doctoral programs or working groups. This could be, for example, courses on robotics or game engines, but also workshops on research methods or research data management. The needs and interests of doctoral candidates are regularly queried by MMMIGS. Furthermore, doctoral candidates can vote on proposals for courses and workshops. Wherever possible, members of the associated doctoral programs and the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines should contribute their technical and methodological knowledge to the qualification program.
Access to networking opportunities
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School offers several networking opportunities for members of the doctoral programs listed above as well as members of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines and the doctoral candidates they supervise. Access to the communication platform and the MMMIGS handbook may be requested by email. Please state your name, your university account, your faculty, and the doctoral program or MMM working group you are a member of. For a current list of MMM members, please click on this link.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines and the large number of working groups and collaborators involved in it, there are only few opportunities for spontaneous encounters in everyday work, especially between doctoral candidates across doctoral programs and working groups. This applies all the more under the current work regulations in the wake of the corona pandemic. In order to enable contact and communication between doctoral candidates as well as supervisors across the MMMIGS doctoral programs and MMM working groups, the Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School provides them with an online communication platform.
Access to the communication platform may be requested by email. Please state your name, your university account, your faculty, and the MMMIGS doctoral program or MMM working group you are a member of.
The MMMIGS handbook is an online collection of knowledge on the process of gaining a doctorate at the University of Bremen and in the subject areas represented in the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines. The handbook is gradually being filled with content that is of interest to doctoral candidates in the various phases of the doctoral process, but also to their supervisors and to coordinators of structured doctoral programs associated with the high-profile area.
In addition, members of the graduate school can edit the handbook like a wiki and add information themselves. They can, for example, report on their experiences at relevant conferences or with the publication process in various journals, document best practices for shaping the supervisory relationship, and exchange tips for planning workshops, retreats or summer schools.
In addition to the communication platform and the handbook, the Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School organizes regular networking meetings to allow the doctoral candidates and supervisors to get to know each other and to exchange ideas. The topics of these meetings are based on the interests and needs of the participants and can concern, on the one hand, the doctoral process (e.g. finding a topic, writing scientific texts or shaping the supervisory relationship) and on the other hand relevant research questions or research methods.
The interdisciplinary orientation of the high-profile area increases the variety of topics, methods, and approaches and is therefore an added value for both doctoral candidates and their supervisors. The contents of the meetings are documented in the handbook to make them available also for those members who cannot attend the meeting.
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) serves as an umbrella for the doctoral programs in the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines at the University of Bremen. Structured doctoral programs in which at least two members of the high-profile area are involved, may become member programs of the graduate school. In addition, individual membership of MMM members and the doctoral candidates they supervise is possible.
Offers for doctoral programs
Structured doctoral programs in which at least two members of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines are involved, can join the Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School. Structured doctoral programs include both third-party funded doctoral programs and programs that meet the minimum standards for internal recognition as a structured doctoral program at the University of Bremen. MMMIGS supports its member programs in applying for funding, in advertizing positions or stipends for doctoral candidates, and in communication measures. Quality assurance measures and administrative tasks can be bundled and carried out jointly to allow for optimal use of resources. For this purpose, MMMIGS organizes a regular exchange between the coordinators of the associated doctoral programs. Participating doctoral candidates and prinicpal investigators receive access to the networking, qualification and support measures offered by the graduate school.
Offers for doctoral candidates
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School offers various networking, qualification and support measures to doctoral candidates who participate in one of its member programs or whose doctorate is supervised by a member of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines. The networking measures include access to the online comunication platform and the MMMIGS handbook as well as the possibility to participate in networking meetings. The qualification program includes demand-tailored scientific qualification offers and (in cooperation with BYRD) transferable skills training, both with a focus on topics that are of interest to doctoral candidates from various doctoral programs or working groups. In addition, doctoral candidates may apply for financial support for research stays, conference visits or other measures supporting their doctoral projects. Further information on funding schemes can be requested by email and will be published here shortly.
Offers for supervisors
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School advises and supports members of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines in the design of new structured doctoral programs, in applying for recognition of their existing or new structured doctoral program at the University of Bremen and, if necessary, in applying for third-party funding. MMM members as well as other principle investigators involved in one of MMMIGS’ member programs receive access to the online communication platform, the MMMIGS handbook, and the other networking offers of the graduate school. They are encouraged to contribute to the subject-specific qualification program of the MMMIGS within the scope of their possibilities. More information about the MMMIGS advisory services and networking and qualification offers can be found above. Feel free to contact us by email if you have any further questions.