The 90 CPs which must at least be earned can be collected in three different sections with minimum CPs to be collected in two of them: the science section with 45 CPs and the education section with 30 CPs. The science CPs can be collected, e.g., by journal publications – preferably in SCI periodicals – and conference contributions, by patents and internships and visits at foreign research institutions. The education CPs may be collected by a variety of different activities: attendances at academies, workshops, the monthly get-together, lecture courses or key qualifications. An examination in Optics Fundamentals is compulsory for all DCs (except MAOT graduates who have past this examination during the MAOT program). All necessary 90 CPs can be collected in the science and education sections, 15 of them can, however, also been earned by additional non-obligatory teaching or funding activities or by awards earned. More details on the CPS and the regulations how to collect the CPs can be found here.

The credit point system relevant performances of each doctoral candidate are continuously monitored in a data bank and communicated (quarterly) to the doctoral candidate her-/himself, his or her mentors and the PIs/AIs. This measure allows targeted mentoring (stimulating talents and consolidating shortcomings) of each doctoral researcher by the mentors and PIs.

Main components of the educational program are formed by the

  • international workshops where worldwide leading scientist are invited as lecturers (typically 8 to 12 per workshop) to present tutorial lectures on their research fields
  • academies – held twice a year at a location outside of Erlangen as summer and winter academy – where the DCs are working in interdisciplinary groups on a particular subject in advanced optical technologies which has been defined and prepared before the academy, and also exchange experiences on their individual research activities.
  • monthly get-together held for all the DCs and organized every other month by one of the six SAOT topics This meeting is organized by the DCs themselves at one of the participating institutes with talks given by the DCs, local researchers, mentors or occasionally by invited guests.

A review about all previous events (academies, workshops, key qualifications, seminars and lectures) is given here