The MICMoR Research School aims at training young scientists for careers in the climate change field. Today much more is asked from the next generation of researchers: academic research skills in just one scientific field is often not enough, but an interdisciplinary approach is required to be able to cross boundaries and seek new innovative ideas. In addition, an international global orientation as well as networking and exchange with cooperation partners is crucial for scientific careers. Furthermore, professional competencies such as e.g. scientific writing, presenting, grant writing, working in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams (socalled soft or transferable skills), are highly sought after in today’s career and jobs.
The vision of the MICMoR Research School is to prepare young scientists from the field of climate change research to navigate successfully in a collaborative atmosphere-biosphere-pedo/hydrosphere research environment fostering comprehensive multi-disciplinary approaches and improving the knowledge of climate change interactions in mountain regions.
MICMoR promotes the acquisition of essential skills for scientific excellence through formal scientific training in summer schools and technical short-courses and through a structured cross-disciplinary mentoring programme. Professional preparation will be trained through soft skills courses. MICMoR also advocates a Research Forum for both, young and senior scientists, to foster a collegial peer-to-peer community of learners of MICMoR Fellows, Mentors and international experts and to enhance exchange of ideas and knowledge. Internationality and interdisciplinarity are strongly encouraged within the MICMoR Research School. A mentor coaching programme will guide mentors and encourage improved leadership and team dynamics competence.
MICMoR’s special feature to perform this complex task is its network character, reflecting the structure of the climate change science in the "real-world". We think that through collaborative interface research in a climate change community, both, research and graduate training can be brought forward to bridge existing knowledge gaps. As “it takes a global village to develop the next generation of PhDs and Postdocs”, MICMoR Fellows will receive training and input on different levels and through various networks. This will include traditional academic training through their supervisor in the same lab, but also through mentors from different climate change disciplines, through their peer fellows, through collaboration partners and networks they are introduced to, through visiting professors and renowned experts, through international research labs etc.. It therefore takes a coordinated effort to train future scientists and MICMoR strives to establish such a collegial research community that stimulates innovation and collaboration even beyond the period of active MICMoR participation.