Every doctoral candidate is assisted by two professors supervising his/her work. In addition, each graduate is assigned a non-faculty member of the university as a mentor who regularly meets the PhD student and supports in all sorts of difficulties.
The benefit of the PhD Training concept of HIRST is also to create a network platform. Through seminars and symposia, students connect with other PhD students as well as with professors and industry. On top, PhD students learn to present their research results in front of an audience. Thereby, the students achieve presentation skills and the attendees gain further knowledge about topics that are possibly related to their own.
Furthermore, symposia are offered regularly, e.g. the Helmholtz Days for Teratronics or the Karlsruhe Days of Optics & Photonics by KSOP.