The SFB 985 aims at optimally supporting its PhD students in their scientific and personal development to become independent scientists by creating an environment, which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and networking. Several measures and activities have been developed in the Integrated Research Training group (MGK) to meet these aims and to support the independence, self-determination and networking of the PhD students in the SFB. A lecture series by the project leaders, an international summer school, transferable skill courses and a course in good scientific practice are part of the educational program. Equally important, many occasions for the PhD students to meet, get to know each other and to discuss science are created, e.g. PhD student seminars, PhD student retreats and colloquia.