The CRU will implement a Management Board (MB), which consists of the speaker (, the coordinator and two members representing clinical research and bioinformatics and the project manager (PM). The MB will meet monthly to coordinate the interdisciplinary knowledge transfer among departments, clinicians, and scientists. The MB will set milestones and supervise the project’s progress by requesting regular reports, manage the decentralised biobanks, and identify further crosslinks and novel areas of closer collaboration between projects and topics. In addition, the PM together with the PM will organise workshops, retreats, and symposia, and will be responsible for improving the skills of the CRU members. Regular joint meetings for clinicians and scientists to strengthen knowledge transfer and to conduct translational research will be organized by the MB. This will tighten collaboration and is, thus, considered an essential platform to improve understanding between clinical and basic scientist’s views.
Integration of the CRU in the Medical Faculty
The CRU also establishes links with the cluster of excellence Cells in Motion (CiM) for gender equality measures and several career development tools of the faculty (see below).
Workshops and International Visibility
The management board will organise bi-annual symposia open for all researchers in the field. We will invite national and international experts as well as the reviewers of CRU, who will not only give state-of-the-art lectures, but should also critically reflect and advise on the progress of the CRU in light of international competition and its global visibility.
For the interdisciplinary training of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, we will implement a monthly seminar series where students present work in progress. In addition, a mentoring committee for MSc and PhD students will be established. In accordance with recently developed ‘Career Planner of the Medical Faculty’, it will guide young CRU members through their scientific career to establish themselves as independent researchers. This activity will include workshops on scientific writing, project planning, grant applications, and financial management. Complementary start-up funding will be made available to promising early-career researchers as such that they can pursue independent projects following completion of their doctorates. Candidates will be selected by the MB after competitive evaluation.
Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality
Achieving equal opportunities and gender equality is a strategically important goal of the CRU. In order to promote these goals, we will install the following measures.
- Firstly, we will embed our activities in the existing measures of several other research centres at the Medical Faculty. These include workshops for women on scientific and soft skills, like networking or leadership, offered on a regular basis. Furthermore, existing lecture series for young scientists and clinicians will be opened for our members. These joint measures will greatly enhance and strengthen the effectiveness of our gender equality activities, which otherwise within a RU can only be of limited power.
- Secondly, we will offer specific meetings for our female scientists in order to promote networking within the scientific community and to enable collaborations. This activity should strengthen the position within the scientific community as well as enhance the competitiveness of our female researchers.
- Additionally, we will establish a mentoring programme that is especially tailored to the needs of our young female scientists. Our (female) PIs of the CRU will guide and advise young female members of the CRU through their next career steps. Each mentor develops a personalized career plan in accordance with the mentee on which the individual progress will be monitored on a year-by-year basis.
Flexible working schedule, employment of laboratory assistance to compensate for parental leave, and an advisory network constituted by established scientists, both male and female, ready to guide on issues related to better coordination of work and family needs will accompany these activities on gender equality.