The qualification program of the RTG 2559 targets the specific aims of the consortium. Lectures will make the doctoral candidates familiar with (a) conceptual advances in the field of micro milieu factors regulating immune responses and immunometabolism and (b) with important methods and techniques for metabolic and in situ analyses. In addition to seminars on fundamental scientific skills, RTG-specific courses on imaging and metabolomics will be offered. The doctoral candidates will regularly interact with leading national and international scientists within the guest seminar series, international conferences, locally organized workshops and the annual retreats and will have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in an external laboratory as part of their thesis work. The qualification program will further profit from the excellent scientific environment at FAU and UKER, notably from the Optical Imaging Center Erlangen (OICE), the various immunological research consortia and the vicinity of the newly founded Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin.