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Successful start of the qualification programme Digitalisation Research

The bidt, the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (WI) have developed a joint qualification programme in digitalisation research to promote their young researchers.

The advanced training programme for doctoral students and postdocs imparts essential basic knowledge about the research field and practical skills for interdisciplinary research work, thereby bundling the expertise of the three institutes. The programme was successfully launched with the reading seminar “Computer Power and Human Reason by Joseph Weizenbaum” on 13 April 2023, led by Weizenbaum director Christoph Neuberger and Christian Strippel, head of the WI Methods Lab.

In future, junior researchers will be able to acquire certificates in four modularised thematic focuses:

The “Basic Knowledge of Digitalisation Research” module makes junior researchers capable of speaking on fundamental questions of digitalisation and its research.

The “Data Competence and Digital Methods” module teaches competencies for the informed handling of data while addressing ethical issues.

In the “Science Communication and Co-Creation” module, researchers can learn how to communicate with different publics and involve important stakeholders in their research.

The “Agile Research” module shows how the different approaches of agile research can be applied to digitalisation research and reflects on the philosophies behind them.

All modules have in common that they support the individual profiling of junior researchers theoretically and practically.

The Qualification Programme Digitalisation Research is the next step in the cooperation between bidt, CAIS and the Weizenbaum Institute in career development, which began in 2021 with an official cooperation agreement.

Complementary to the offers of the qualification programme, the joint networking event of the three institutes for doctoral students and postdocs will retake place in 2023: The virtual “Digitalisation Research and Network Meeting” (DigiMeet) is dedicated this year to the topic of “Diversity in digital transformation”. All researchers are cordially invited to this open networking event on 28 November 2023.