The doctoral students elect a graduate committee on a yearly basis. This committee is composed of a spokesperson and two doctoral students who are also part of the educational steering committee. The graduate committee is responsible for convening the CRC1459 research seminar as well as for organizing training and scientific activities such as workshops and the summer school. They also participate in general assembly meetings where they inform project leaders of the CRC about RTG activities representing all members of the CRC1459 research training group. Throughout all of their responsibilities the graduate committee can rely on strong support by the educational steering committee, the CRC management, the WWU Graduate Centre and WWU Career Service.