The CCRC seminar series specifically focuses on cardiovascular science and is held at least once per month. Currently, we invite both internal as well as external guest speakers from other institutes. In the future, we intend to expand our activities for external guest speakers, by sending our PhD/MD students an abstract and a list of publications to allow them to more fully prepare for and participate in the post-seminar discussion. Our aim is to facilitate fruitful scientific discussion within our program and to promote better networking. In this context, PhD/MD students will be encouraged to suggest possible external guest speakers and serve as their hosts once they are on-site. All seminars are followed by a get-together to promote further discussion and networking. Participation will be mandatory for all CCRC RTG PhD/MD students.