Evidence of leadership in the SAOT research and education activities is documented by the international reputation of the principle and associated investigators. The broadening topics include moduls that develop leadership skills amongst Doctoral Candidates (DCs) to raise their confidence to deal with future tasks in science, industry and society, e.g., by key qualifications and by heading research projects and groups. Leadership is also expressed by the high quality of the post-doctoral education. SAOT has already produced scientific leaders: Until July 2011 5 SAOT members have completed their habilitations (resp. Dr. Sc. degrees) and 16 offers (calls) have SAOT members received to take over faculty positions at prestigious German and international universities.