In 2014, the ILH successfully applied for the establishment of an interdisciplinary graduate programme for lightweight design (FK LEM), funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Graduates from the fields of mechanical engineering, science and sociology research and learn with and from each other. However, collaboration here is not only interdisciplinary but also transdisciplinary – the college stands out for the collaborative work of PhD students with players from the business community and civil society. This collaboration combines practical knowledge with research.
The first four-and-a-half-year funding phase was positively evaluated and extended. A key element of the second FK LEM funding phase is the cooperation with the new Department of Technology & Diversity (TD). TD taps into research approaches that draw on empirical social research methods. Hence, within the framework of this PhD programme, students acquire technology and sustainability research skills in addition to their technical and scientific training.
Swetlana Schweizer, FK LEM /Automotive Lightweight Design