integrated research training group (irtg) committee

SFB 1451 Motor Control in Health and Disease



Prof. Dr. Tatiana Korotkova


Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges


Dr.Erica Ehrhardt


Prof. Dr. Thilo van Eimeren


Prof. Dr. Simone Vossel

Contact us

Should you wish to get in touch with members of the integrated Research Training Group (iRTG) Committee, please send an email to:

The iRTG coordinator Dr. Claudia Wegscheid will be happy to provide you with information on guidance regarding graduate programmes, courses, workshops, education, lectures and career management.

More information can be found here (following soon). For access please contact the iRTG coordinator Dr. Claudia Wegscheid.



Dr. Claudia Wegscheid

iRTG coordinator

Thinking doctorates together at the University of Cologne – with your participation in NACAPS
What is NACAPS about?

The University of Cologne is partner of the National Academics Panel Study (Nacaps) of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). Nacaps is a longitudinal study on doctoral candidates and doctorate holders.

Nacaps generates versatile research data on the study conditions for doctorates, career aims and professional development, as well as on the general life situation of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders in Germany. The first results of the study are accessible via a data portal:

Why becoming part of NACAPS

the stude results will be …

  • made available to Nacaps’ partner HEIs for monitoring, controlling and quality management via our data portal
  • prepared for the expert public and decision makers in higher education and science policy in the form of reports, as a basis for evidence-based monitoring of young researchers
  • made available to the scientific community for research purposes via the DZHW Research Data Centre (FDZ) in the form of anonymised data sets (scientific use files)

Your participation will influence future decisions, which are relevant for early career researchers.

Take Part! 

I joined! And now?

By the end of February 2023 we will invite every doctoral candidate who has been registered after 1 December 2018. You will receive a link via email that grants you access to take part in the online survey. We would like to encourage you to take part!

Even if you feel that you did not follow the usual path to, or during your doctoral studies, your participation is very important because only with a wide range of respondents can we gain a full picture of the doctorate landscape. This also applies if you discontinue your doctorate in the meantime or if you only came to Germany for your doctorate or if you intend to leave Germany after completing your doctorate.

Scientific research, HEIs and educational policy will benefit from this information – and so will you yourself as a doctoral candidate!

Looking for further information?

With our integrated Motor-Control-Research Training Group (iRTG/ Motor-Control-RTG) our aim is to provide a comprehensive training in the field of Motor Control. We offer a unique curriculum and put together a structured PhD and Postdoc programme conducted in English:

The integrated graduate school’s curriculum includes a method and logic training through a journal club, a comprehensive lecture series on motor control, as well as workshops, symposia and other events in specialized methods, scientific soft skills, and career mentoring. A thesis advisory committee monitors students’ research progress through regular reports and meetings.


Structured PhD Programme:

Doctorate candidates of the Motor-Control-RTG (iRTG) will be enrolled in the Graduate School for biological Sciences (GSfBS), an umbrella structure for doctorate candidates striving for the Dr. rer. nat. in biological sciences, or the Interdisciplinary Program Molecular Medicine (IPMM) aiming for the Dr. nat. med./PhD, or the Interdisciplinary Program Health Sciences (IPHS) aiming for a phD at the Medical faculty

 Structured Postdoc Programme: