King’s College London and TU Dresden have areas of shared interest, and the different expertise between sites provides added value and opportunity. Sharing knowledge and resources has enabled researchers to combine their strengths and to foster close collaborations, which is fundamental for scientific advances. Furthermore, the transCampus network gives students and non-academic staff exemplary opportunities to broaden their horizons and advance professionally.
An important pillar of the transCampus initiative in promoting young scientists is by providing a broad research network and specific programmes to support their early career. With two joint PhD agreements, King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden offer outstanding PhD students in Medicine and Psychology a tandem supervision and the opportunity to acquire certificates from both institutions.
transCampus is open for students and offers various opportunities in different fields. Medical students of TU Dresden and King’s, for example, have the option to do a part of their clinical traineeship at the partner institution. In Mathematics and Neuroscience, students can take courses at the partner university or attend joint lectures of transCampus professors.
Within transCampus, non-academic staff from both partner universities have the opportunity for an exchange or job shadowing. Some of our employees have already taken the opportunity and applied for the exchange with a proposal related to their field of expertise. The aim is to get new impulses from colleagues at the partner institution and use them for specific processes or projects at the home institution.
Research collaborations start with shared interests of single scientists. They are the indispensable basis for international cooperation, but the transCampus initiative wants to go further and establish networks that are capable of acquiring large research projects as well as building up a variety of coherent activities.
To achieve this goal, transCampus organises kick-off workshops for groups of scientists who already made the first steps and would like to develop concrete project ideas. Over two days, King’s and TU Dresden’ scientists share their research themes and highlights, forming working groups for strategy and collaboration development.
Such workshops have already taken place in the fields of Mental Health Disorders, in Neuroscience, and in Dental and Material science, that led to the preparation of several joint research projects, as well as to applications for large programs of national funding bodies.