Graduate School

The research area of data assimilation provides excellent research and career opportunities for young researchers. The CRC supports young researchers in their academic career at all stages beginning at the level of Master and PhD studies, continuing with postdoctoral research and leading into an early research career at university level.

The Integrated Research Training Group provides in particular a structured training and career support program, which allows doctoral researchers to fully utilize the potential of the CRC for early career development.

We also strongly support the initiative of the University of Potsdam concerning climate friendly travel and encourage and support our young researchers if they wish not to travel by plane in order to reduce their carbon footprint. If you have any questions concerning this, please contact the SFB coordination office.

Data assimilation is a fascinating and challenging mathematical research field with a broad range of important applications. The integrated Research Training Group (RTG) provides the coordinated study program for the doctoral students of the SFB 1294. The educational goal is to train early career researchers in the field of data assimilation and to enable them to carry out research at the interface of applied and computational mathematics, statistics, probability theory and machine learning.

At the same time, members are enabled to apply advanced mathematical techniques to data assimilation problems of practical relevance. Besides an excellent technical competence, the IRTG conveys interdisciplinary skills and establishes a common scientific basis for its researchers. It facilitates integration into the international scientific community and its members will become independent, broad minded and responsible scientists who are able to pursue promising careers in science and industry.

The training program of the IRTG comprises the following key elements:

  • kick-of camp at the start of the CRC
  • first year courses 
  • annual IRTG Jamboree
  • regular CRC research seminars
  • annual summer/winter school
  • professional skills training courses and certification programs

Our doctoral researchers are supervised by two members of the CRC.

To strengthen the autonomy of our doctoral researchers, the IRTG provides a budget which our doctoral researchers administer themselves. For instance, they may organize informal get-togethers where they can discuss their work. They also use these funds to organize small workshops according to their interests and needs. 

The CRC makes it a priority to support researchers will family by providing childcare during CRC-related events, by arranging individual support during periods of parental leave, and by enabling flexible working arrangements. 

Colloquium Introduction

An introductory seminar to the topic of the colloquia is given before each colloquium from junior scientists - for junior scientists in the lecture hall from 9:00-9:45. Come and join us.

External Seminars of Interest

  1. For those who are interested in benefit and harm of sciences, e.g. critical aspects of nuclear fission, genetics, and ethics in sciences, the FU Berlin offers a livestream of the Ringvorlesung entitled "Dual Use - Ambivalenz der Wissenschaften - Nutzen und Schaden" Thursdays from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm. With the following link ( you can visit the German lectures with guests i.a. from Max-Planck-Institute (Prof. Dr. Dieter Hoffmann) and Charité (Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten). Find the Flyer here.
  2. Also due to Covid-19 many workshops and conferences and a number of semiars series are conducted online. Please find some links below and feel encouraged to participate in the semiars and talks of interest for you.

1st SFB Data Think Tank

Photo by Karla Fritze

The Data Think Tank is organized by the IRTG and aims to bring together mathematicians and scientists from application-driven areas and scientists from partner organizations or industry. The plan is to facilitate an exchange of ideas, to describe a partner’s problem mathematically and identify solution strategiesand approaches by working in interdisciplinary groups. Ideally we hope to create follow up collaborations with our partners, for example MSc or PhD projects.

The 1st SFB Data Think Event will take place from 4th to 6th of April 2022 at the Wissenschaftsetage ( in Potsdam. This event will be a training opportunity for our PhDs and PostDocs as well as a networking opportunity with our external partners. The partners for the 1st SFB Data Think Tank will be MTU ( and Bayer (