The Group is arranged in the following organisational structure:


Full gathering of all Group members and applicants. This meeting convenes once a month at the close of one of the research colloquia in order to co-ordinate the research and study programme.

Group members
Made up of the circle of doctoral candidates (post-holders and associates) and post-doctoral candidates. They develop proposals for the visiting scientist programme and other of the Group’s events. The Group members meet regularly and elect three spokespeople (2 doctoral candidates, or respectively 1 post-doc), who represent their interests in the Group council.


Consists of all applying university teachers. This body convenes at least once a semester, more frequently if need be. It makes all fundamental decisions (selection of new fellowship holders with the advisory board, general planning of the research and study programme, medium-term budget planning).

Group council
This body consists of a total of seven elected representatives: the two spokespeople and their deputies, in addition 3 representatives from the Group members circle (2 doctoral candidates and 1 post-doctoral candidate). The Group council meets fortnightly and determines ongoing business.


The applicants have elected two spokespeople, one each for Bonn and Cologne. These publicly represent the Research Training Group and conduct ongoing business in consultation with the Group council. For this purpose they are supported by the co-ordination office and one student assistant each.

Co-ordination office
This comprises the co-ordinator along with participating assistants. The co-ordinator regulates ongoing administrative and organisational work (including study programme co-ordination with invitation and support of visiting scientists, organisation of workshops and conferences, etc.).

Advisory Board
The scientific advisory board consists of five external members from different disciplines and having expertise in respect of the RTG’s topic. The advisory board meets at least once a year, more frequently in the event of need. It advises the RTG on its research and study programme, monitors compliance with quality standards and takes part in selecting new Group members.


To arbitrate in the event of potential Group-internal disputes, an ombudsperson is to be decided from the circle of applicants, who will be elected by the Group members at the first constitutive meeting.