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Invited Speaker Programme

All IRTG members can apply to invite a renowned scholar from outside TR32. The aim of this Invited Speaker Programme is to promote the interaction of TR32 doctoral students with renowned national and international scientists. Students will have the opportunity to meet the speaker in a group or one-to-one, and to take the speaker for lunch. Per application, a maximum of €1250 can be awarded.

The application form can be found here (login required).

Succesful applicants are awarded 2 credits.

These researches have already been invited by the IRTG members:

Successful Invited Speaker Applications by PhD Students
Invited Speaker    Affiliation    Title    TR32 Host    Project    Date
Prof. Pavlos Kollias   McGill, Montreal, Canada   Using Cloud Radars for boundary layer observations   Maahn, Maximilian    D5   December 10-14, 2012
Prof. Dan Yakir   Dept. of Env. Sciences and Energy Research, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel   COS (carbonyl sulfide) as a tracer of CO2 fluxes and as a specific tracer of Gross Primary Production   Stockinger, Michael    C1   March 10-14, 2013
Dr. Mohsen Zarebanadkouki   Inst. of Soil Science and Soil Hydrology, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany   A new method to image and quantify water flow in roots using neutron radiography and deuterated water   Huber, Katrin   B4    October 14-15, 2013
Prof. Bruce Balcom   Physics Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada   MRI/NMR methods for moisture imaging/measurements in porous media   Merz, Steffen   A1    November 11-12, 2013
Dr. Samuel Levis    NCAR, Boulder, USA   Implementing crop management into the CLM4.5: Parameterization and validation   Wieneke,  Sebastian    D2   July 18-21, 2014
Dr. Yakov Pachepsky   USDA-ARS Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory, Beltsville, MD, USA   Patterns in soil-plant-atmosphere systems   Pohlig, Philipp   B1   May 29 - June 18,2016
Dr. Lars Nerger   Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany   Ensemble Data Assimilation with the Parallel Data Assimilation Framework (PDAF)   Clarissa Figura   Z2   April 14 - April 15, 2016
P.A. Ty Ferre   University of Arizona, Hydrology and Water Resource   2016 Darcy Distinguished Lecture - Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship between Data and Models   Christian von Hebel   B6   May 18 - May 22, 2016
Dmitri Moisseev   Division if Atmospheric Sciences, Deparment of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland   Remote sensing, radar signal processing    Gordon Diefenthal   D5   June 20 - June 23, 2016
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Reich   University of Reading, University of Potsdam   Probabilistic forecasting and data assimilation    Katharina Schinagl   D5   November 2-4, 2016
Prof. Dr. Rafael Rosolem   University of Bristol   Explicit representation of preferential flow in UK chalk for catchment-scale land modeling   Roland Baatz   C6   November 23 - 27, 2016
Prof. Dr. Stefan Oswald   University of Potsdam   Sensing soil water dynamicy - highly-resolved at small scale and as spatial integral on the field scale   Roland Baatz   C6   November 23 - 27, 2016
Dr. John Triantafilis    UNSW Sydney, Australia    Digital soil mapping (DSM) of soil and hydrological properties using a single-frequency, multiple coil array DUALEM-421 instrument and EM4Soil inversion software   Cosimo Brogi   B6   June 21-23, 2017
Prof. Dr. Jordi Vila-Guerau de Arellano   Wageningen University, Netherlands   Cloud-vegetation interaction   Tobias Marke, Thirza van Laar   D2/C4   June 22-23, 2017
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henrik Madsen   Danish Hydraulic Institute    Expersiances with multivariate data assimilation in integrated groundwater - surface water hydrological modelling   Hongjuan Zhang   C6   April 23, 2018
Ass. Prof. Dr. Gabriella de Lannoy   KU Leuven, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division Soil and Water Management   Large-scale soil moisture estimation: modelling, satellite observations and data assimilation   Hongjuan Zhang   C6   April 23, 2018


Successful Invited Speaker, IRTG Events
Invited Speaker    Affiliation    Title    Project    Event    Date
Ülo Niinements   Estonian University of Life Sciences   Vegetation Modelling: the art to find the right level of abstraction   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   November 11, 2016
Christopher Duffy   Pennsylvania State University   Qualitative Dynamics and Time Series Analysis in Hydrologic Systems       Guest Lecture   February 20, 2015
Marc Bierkens   Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University   Global hydrology 2015: State, trends, and directions   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   October 23, 2015
Cathy Hoehnegger   Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany   Land-atmosphere interactions and the representation of convection   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   October 23, 2015
Rémy Soubie   Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) – Department of environmental sciences and land use planning, Laboratory of forest research and engineering   Sapflow- and dendrometer measurements: What can we learn from single trees?   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   February 19, 2016
Micheal Frech   DWD, Hohenpeissenberg   Radar polarimetry in operational applications   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 23, 2016
Gernot Bodner   University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna   Methods to measure roots in SPAC   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 25, 2018
Christiaan van der Tol   ITC, Enschede, NL   Regional Experiments For Land-atmosphere Exchanges (REFLEX)   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   March 12, 2014
Kurt Roth   Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany   Multiscale terrestrial systems – soil water dynamics   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   October 22, 2014
Merja Tölle   University Göttingen, Germany   Future local and regional response of surface net radiation due to bioenergy motivated agricultural transformations   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   July 18, 2014
Helge Aasen   Institute of Geography, University of Cologne    Approaching hyperspectral vegetation data with mathematical pattern representation techniques: Problem definition and first attempts   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   February 10, 2015
Thomas Pütz   FZJ, Germany   The use of lysimeters for hydrological, chemical and environmental research   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 18, 2015
Markus Siebenmorgen   INS, University Bonn, Germany   Elliptic PDE's with random diffusion   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   November 27, 2015
Christian Rieger   INS, University Bonn, Germany   Kernel-based methods in geostatistics   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   November 27, 2015
Alexander Ryzhkov   University of Oklahoma, NOAA/NSSL   Radar-based now casting and detection of microphysical processes   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 23, 2016
Kai Mühlbauer   Meteorological Institute, University Bonn, Germany   Visit of polarimetric X band radar BoXPol   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 23, 2016
Sara Dal Gesso   Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany   Basics of boundary layer clouds   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   May 23, 2016
Vera Schemann   Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany   Basics of cloud parameterization   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   May 23, 2016
Jan Niederau   RWTH Aachen, Germany   Heat transfer processes in the Earth and modelling heat transport in the Crust   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   November 13, 2018
Daniel Leitner   Simulationswerkstatt, Leonding, Austria   Modelling roots in SPAC   IRTG/MGK   Research Training Day   June 25, 2018
Marijke Huysmans   KU Leuven, Belgium   Multiple point geostatistics and the use of training images for pattern characterization   IRTG/MGK   Guest Lecture   July 11, 2013
Morten Canty   FZJ, Germany   Statistical Change Detection Methods for Multispectral and SAR Remote Sensing Imagery   IRTG/MGK   Guest Lecture   July 11, 2013


TR32 Fellowship

PIs (Principle Investigators) in TR32 can apply for a fellowship for a (doctoral) student from outside TR32 for him/her to work within TR32 for up to 6 months. Funding is available for 6 months per TR32 location per year.

The application procedure and form can be found through this link (login required).

Previous fellowships were awarded to:

Successful Fellowship Grants
Fellow    Affiliation    Title    TR32 Host    Project    Date
Alali, Firas   TU-Berlin, Chair of Water Resources Management and Modeling of Hydrosystem, Department of Civil Engineering; Berlin, Germany   The influence of clay content, water content and pore water conductivity on NMR and SIP petrophysical parameters   Klitzsch, Norbert   A1   May 15-November 15, 2011
Cilia, Chiara   University of Milano Bicocca; Milano, Italy   Analysis of hyperspectral data from a novel high resolution imaging spectrometer   Rascher, Uwe    D2   January 28 - April 27, 2013
Duarte, Sandra   Universidad Cientifica del Sur; Lima, Peru   Investigation of spatio-temporal patterns of C-fluxes in a temporate grassland   Borchard, Nils   B1    April 1-May 15, 2013
Koebernick, Nicolai   Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research; Leipzig, Germany   Dynamic root water uptake responses -comparison of 4D X-ray tomographieswith the model R-SWMS   Vanderborght, Jan   B4   September 15-October 15, 2012
Koebernick, Nicolai   Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research; Leipzig, Germany   Modelling of water uptake in three-dimensional root systems of Vicia faba   Vanderborght, Jan   B4   August 15 - February 14, 2013
Kumjian, Matthew   University of Oklahoma, Department of Meteorlogy; Norman, Oklahoma, United States   Support of polarimetric radar interpolation in terms of precipitation generation mechanisms   Simmer, Clemens   C4   July 08-August 08, 2011
Larsen, Morten A.D.   University of Copenhagen, Institute of Geography and Geology, HYACINTS project; Copenhagen, Denmark   A coupled climate-hydrological model for a Danish catchment   Rihani, Jehan   C4   December 15, 2012 - January 14, 2013
Li, Min   Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics; Beijing, China    Large-Eddy Simulation of atmosphere and land interactionns over heterogeneous surfaces   Shao, Yaping    D6   May 15-November 11, 2011
McRobie, Fiona       Comparative simulations of WRF with and without the hydrological-coupled model PARFLOW.   Shao, Yaping    D6   October 01-December 31, 2012
Mulle, Alice   SupAgro, Montpellier, France   Photosynthetic responses of wheat leaves to contrasting soil water availability in a heterogeneous field   Ewert, Frank   B5   July 15 - September 14, 2012
Williams, John L.   Colorado School of Mines, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program; Golden, Colorado, United States   PF.WRF and PF.CLM.COSMO: a model intercomparison   Masbou, Matthieu   Z4   September 03 - December 02, 2012
Jefferson, Jennifer   Colorado School of Mines, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program; Golden, Colorado, United States   Connecting land surface modling with vegetation observation   Rascher, Uwe    D2   May 3- June 18, 2015


International Cooperation Grants

Travel grants are available to support research stays of our doctoral students at in international research institution or university. Their aim is to promote international collaboration of TR32 doctoral students. These funds are coordinated by the Integrated Research Training Group coordinator. Here is a link to the application form.

Doctoral students can apply for a maximum of 800€ for travel costs as well as an allowance of 100€ per month. In principle, these grants are for up to 3 months. In special cases, longer stay can be supported.

Successful applicants must submit a short report (including a photo) of their activities for the IRTG website to the IRTG coordinator within two weeks after their return, by e-mail .

Successful International Co-operation Grants
Student    Project    Affiliation    Host    Date
Qu, Wie   C1   USDA-ARS Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, Beltsville Maryland, USA   Yakov Pachepsky   March to  May, 2013
Rabbel, Inken   C1   Department of Biology / Centre of Excellence PLECO, University of Antwerp, Belgium   Gaby Deckmyn   June, 2016
Marke, Tobias   D2    Finnish Meteorogical Institute (FMI), Helsinki, Finland   Ewan O'Connor   September, 2016
Zhang, Hongjuan    C6   Department of Civil & Environmwntal Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA   Bori Stoyanova   March  to May, 2017
Schmidt, Mari   D5   National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma, USA   Alexander Ryzhkov   September, 2017
Meyer, Nele   B3   NCAR, Boulder, USA   Danica Lombardozzi   July, 2018


Summer School Grants

The TR32 directorate has allocated funds for the participation in Summer schools by IRTG members. They are primarily to pay for summer school fees.

The link to the application form can be downloaded here (login required).

Successful applicants must submit a short report (including a photo) of their activities for the IRTG website to the IRTG coordinator within two weeks after their return, by e-mail.

Successful IRTG summer/winter school Grants
Student    Section    Title    Date    Location
Wieneke, Sebastian   D2   Greencycles II Training Workshop   Februrary 24 - 28, 2013   MPI Jena, Germany
Krebsbach, Katharina   D5   GEOSTSAT Quebec City 2013   May 26 - June 2, 2013   Quebec City, Canada
Bick, Theresa   C6   Data Assimilation in Geosciences   June 03 - 14, 2013   Maryland, USA
Merz, Steffen   A1   Ampere NMR School   June 23 - 29, 2013   Zakopane, Poland
Klimpt, Johannes   A3   Advanced School on Data Assimilation   June 24 - 28, 2013   Bologna, Italy
Cai, Xin   A1   Ecole Chercheur des Racines et des Sols   June 26 - 29, 2013   Montpellier, France
Hasan, Sayeh   C1   5th International Summer school on Radar/SAR   July, 12 - 19, 2013   Bonn, Germany
Zerenner, Tanja    C4   GECCO 2013 (Genetic an Evolutionary Computation Conference)   July 6 - 10, 2013   Amsterdam, NL
Klimpt, Johannes   A3   Advanced School on Data Assimilation   June 24 - 28, 2013   Bologna, Italy
Esch, Sabrina   C3   5th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing    September 8-12, 2014   Valencia, Spain
Dienfethal, Gordan   D5   ITaRS Summer School on Clouds and Precipitation: Obeservation and Processes    September 8-17, 2014   Jülich, Germany
Foncesa, Jose    D8   FOMICS Winter School on Computational Fluid Dynamics    November 10-14, 2014   Lugano, Switzerland
Zerenner, Tanja    C4   EvoStar2015   April 8-10, 2015   Copenhagen, Denmark
Esch, Sabrina   C3   3rd ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry   January 19-23, 2015   Frascati , Italy
Knist, Sebastian    C4   The 16th Annual WRF Users' Workshop   June 15-19, 2015   Boulder, Colorado, USA
Esch, Sabrina   C3   Non-linear methods for complex systems analysis   September 28- October 2, 2015   Cologne, Germany
Walther, Dorina    D7   PhD Course Spatial Uncertainty Propagation   November 10-13, 2015   Copenhagen, Denmark
Esch, Sabrina   C3   Summer School Alpbach -  Satellite Observation of the Global Water Cycle   July 12-21, 2016   Tirol, Austria
Schinagl, Katharina   D5   School BCAM-IMUVA Summer School on Uncertainty Quantification for Applied Problems   July 4-7, 2016   Bilbao, Spain
Baatz, Dorina    D7   HPSC TerrSys Fall School    October 10-14, 2016   Bonn, Germany
Meyer, Nele   B3   Statisic Course   March, 2017   Witzenhausen, Germany
van Laar, Thirza   C4   High resolution climate: observations, models and projections   September 3-8, 2017    Ascona, Switzerland
Pohlig, Philipp   B1   Moisture measurement in porous mineral materials   September 18-19, 2017   Karlsruhe, Germany
Meyer, Nele   B3   Statisic Course   March, 2018   Witzenhausen, Germany
van Treek, Shari   B6   Hydrogeophysics - ABC/J Summer School   August 27-31, 2018   Jülich, Germany
Ochs, Johanna   B8   Hydrogeophysics - ABC/J Summer School   August 27-31, 2018   Jülich, Germany
Licon, José   C7   Topological Data Analysis and persitent Homology   June 11-15, 2018   Levico Terme, Italy
Rabbel, Inken   C1   Microcores   Sepember, 2018   Windeck, Germany


Proof reading

IRTG offers a proof reading service to its members. There is a set amount of time available per person. The corrections are made by a native speaker with ample experience in correcting academic texts in natural sciences. The service is primarily aimed at an advanced version of manuscripts for journal articles.

Please contact the IRTG coordinator if you are interested and allow at least a month before the submission deadline of your paper.

Proof Reading Grants 2013-2015  
Student    Title    When
Theresa Bick         
Sabrina Esch        
Steffen Mertz        
Tanja Zerenner        
Christian von Hebel   Large Scale Electrical Conductivity Estimation Using Quantitative Multi-Configuration Electromagnetic Induction Sensing Data   August 2012
Ali Muhammed   Estimation and Validation of RapidEye-based Time Series of Leaf Area Index for Winter Wheat   January 2014
Thomas Cornellison   Influence of spatial resolution on the simulation of spatio-temporal soil moisture variability in a forest catchment using the model HydroGeoSphere   February 2013
Sayah Hassan   Soil moisture estimation (Introduction and Conclusion)   January 2014
Johannes Klimpt   CO2 ux estimation by 4D-Var data assimilation of in situ and remote sensing data    January 2014
Anja Stadler   Quantifying the effects of soil variability on crop growth using apparent soil electrical conductivity measurements   February 2014
Maximilian Maahn   How does the space-borne radar blind-zone a_ect 1
derived surface snowfall statistics in polar regions?
  September 2014
Johannes Kenkel   IP Sensitivities of complex anisotropic subsurfaces   December 2014
Henning Schiedung   Seasonal variability of labile carbon fractions under arable land    April 2015
Nele Meyer   Carbon saturation drives spatial variability and losses of soil organic matter under bare fallow management   October 2015
Yen-Sen Lu   Introduction to dissertation   December 2015
Sebastian Wieneke   Airborne based spectroscopy of red and far-red sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence to improve estimates of gross primary productivity   December 2015
Inken Rabbel    Quantifying uncertainty in analyzing sapflow measurements on different time scales.   March 2016
Henning Schiedung   Paper draft    June 2016
Nele Meyer   Paper draft    December 2017
Thirza van Laar   Paper draft    December 2018
Thuy Huu Nguyen   Introduction to dissertation   July 2019 
Johanna Ochs   Paper draft    July 2019 

Linux Clusters

Doctoral students at each TR32 location have access to a Linux Cluster for High-Performance Computing. Arrangements for the use of the cluster need to be made on a personal bases. Please contact the IRTG coordinator if you are interested.

Template for IRTG Grant reports

 By accepting an IRTG Grant (Summer School Grant, TR32 Fellowship, International Cooperation Grant) its recipients agree to send a report of their journey within two weeks after their return; these reports are published on the IRTG website. Please use this template for your report.



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