The beginnings of the joint program of IWR and ICM reach back to the year 1995.
The founder and former head of IWR, Prof. Willi Jäger, and the head of ICM,
Prof. Marek Niezgódka determined a perspective outline for the cooperation of
both institutes. The program included common teaching activities, from Master
to PhD level, and sketched the cooperation in decision making and realization
of scientific research projects with a strong interdisciplinary character in
the fields of mathematical modelling and analysis of complex nonlinear
The will of further collaboration of the two institutions
has been pronounced in the Memorandum of Understanding
that was signed by prof. Marek Niezgódka (a director of ICM)
and prof. Hans Georg Bock (a member of the managing board of
IWR and a head of the Graduiertenkolleg)
in Warsaw in February, 2001.
From October 12-13, 2001, the German-Polish seminar
Processes: modelling, analysis and optimization took place in
Warsaw. So began the German-Polish PhD program coordinated by
IWR and ICM.
The seminar gathered representatives from Germany
and Poland, professors with significant archievements as well
as their PhD students.
The area described by the title of the seminar, which also
defines the frame for future PhD projects, is large and
includes many different fields and disciplines. Therefore
representatives of various departments of the Warsaw
University, the Warsaw Technical University, and the Academy of
Science were invited to participate in the newly created
Graduate College. The gathering enabled the initiation of
contacts between German and Polish participants, as well as a
preliminary formulation of the interdisciplinary research
TodayTo provide a stimulating and creative atmosphere allowing
the realization of interdisciplinary PhD projects, that are
carried out in ICM as well as in IWR. For every project two
supervisors are assigned and every PhD student spends about
6 month in the partner institute.
During the research stay at IWR the PhD students are
supervised by the German advisor, and vice versa
for members of the international part of the Graduate
College at IWR.
The work of the Graduate College includes the following
Scientific workshops that are organized by PhD students
for PhD students. In the workshops participate highly
qualified and internationally renowned scientific experts
in the given field. The workshops are organized in IWR as
well as in ICM, and members of both institutions participate
Active participation in the yearly Polish-German meetings,
in which the professors and the PhD students take part. The
main goal of these meetings, already traditionally called
'fall workshops', is the presentation of results obtained
within the PhD projects and the direct discussion among PhD
students and the professors.
This proposed form of the PhD studies is an essential
novelty and and extension to traditional PhD studies of
faculties and autonomic scientific institutes.
An expression of appreciation of the cooperation of both
institutions is the Memorandum of Understanding that
was signed in Heidelberg on June 4th 2004 by the rector
of the Warsaw University, Prof. Piotr Węgleński, and the
rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Peter