DFG establishes 14 new Research Training Groups
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing 14 new Research Training Groups (RTGs) to further support early career researchers in Germany. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee during its autumn session in Bonn. The RTGs will receive funding of approximately 60 million euros for an initial period of four and a half years. In addition to the 14 new RTGs, the Grants Committee approved the extension of seven RTGs for another four and a half years. Research Training Groups offer doctoral researchers the chance to complete their theses in a structured research and qualification programme at a high academic level.
In total the DFG is currently funding 207 RTGs, including 45 International Research Training Groups (IRTGs); the 14 new groups will commence work in 2015.
The new Research Training Groups in detail
(in alphabetical order by host university)
The number of parasite infections among humans and animals is increasing worldwide. Contributing factors include greater immunity to medication, global warming and the rise in international travel. The Research Training Group "Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models To Natural Systems" seeks to step up both research and scientific training in the field of parasitology. It will investigate the biological, medical and veterinary aspects of parasite infections in equal measure. The research programme will examine the issue on three levels: molecular, cellular and organismic. The participants will focus on a small number of selected host and parasite systems, which it will analyse.
China adoptions a blessing to Owen family
“Finding that path in our life involved dealing with the loss of several pregnancies,” Deb said. “Through that grieving process you can decide that you were just not meant to be parents, or you can decide that you were meant to be parents through a different process.”
Deb said once you make that jump in your mind, then you have to make that leap-of-faith jump in your heart.
“That’s what we did, and God richly blessed us through the process,” she said.
Like others, they knew there were many children deserving of a home, and no right or wrong avenue in placing them in their lives.
“We explored, asked questions, and connected with a couple of private agencies for several years,” Deb said. “We had children matched with us only to have the birth parents change their minds. We were very interested in the foster care system but, as a military family moving every year to two years at that time, there was no way to be in place long enough to meet all the requirements to foster or adopt.”