- The Thesis seminars (2 Hrs / week) are the very place to penetrate deeply into each specific field. Therefore, each section itself has to provide an adequate schedule and is free to combine seminars with their section-research-meetings.
- Once a year, all sections offer “lab-visits”, in which they present their "toolboxes of methods" to new PhD students. Each lab-visit takes one whole day. The intention is to make transparent for the students where to get fast and specific expertise in technical issues ("where are the specific skills? / whom can I ask?").
- Each student should do a small project each semester in the field of her/his thesis (informatics, complex systems, statistics). Students who have software-development as a major part of their thesis are encouraged to setup preliminary software pilots as small projects, so as to prepare the grounds for “THE thesis application”. Projects should be presented in seminars.