The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security is pleased to announce the 3rd SecHuman Summer School for talented junior researchers:

3rd SecHuman Summer School – Brave New World: Security for Humans in Cyberspace
June 3 – 6, 2019, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

The Summer School addresses young researchers interested in inter- and transdisciplinary questions in Cybersecurity. The Summer School adresses core research areas of the PhD school SecHuman.

In recent years, IT security and privacy have become increasingly important topics for society as a whole. Since both subject areas are linked with legal as well as social and technological aspects, it is necessary to dovetail different disciplines in order to understand the complexity of modern technologies and their threats to organizational or private security. For this reason, it is imperative that these subject areas be the subject of inter- and transdisciplinary research. This approach can be classified internationally as very topical and innovative.

This Summer School represents the interdisciplinary discussions of the NRW Research College SecHuman – Security for Humans in Cyberspace, condenses them into a four-day event and opens them to a broad audience.

Guided by top international European and US researchers, you will get a fresh look at modern cybersecurity from different perspectives:

An introductory workshop on Day 1 will provide you with tools for inter- and transdisciplinary work. After that, cybersecurity is introduced as a social, mediated and technical phenomenon.

Day 2 covers the quantification of security from the perspectives of cryptography, hardware reverse engineering and human aspects. Therefore, talks will be given by experts from these areas and interactive assignments will be provided to the participants.

Day 3 focuses on forensic linguistics as the interface between language, law and crime.

Finally, Day 4 investigates how privacy is at odds with both the data economy and user convenience – and if it is possible to overcome these conflicts. Business models of web and mobile apps often rely on monetization via ads specifically targeted at the user’s interests. On the other hand, users can benefit if the service offers improved usability and personalization based on their habits and preferences.

The lectures of the experts are kept relatively short to ensure that there is enough time to discuss and develop your own ideas. As a participant, there will be opportunities to present and discuss your
own research. Of course, there will be a daily social program which is not only fun but will also allow to build networks with like-minded reseachers.

The summer school will be held in English.

SecHuman Forschungskolleg NRW

SecHuman is a doctoral program focusing on Security for People in Cyberspace from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. 13 PhD students with technical as well as backgrounds in humanities explore issues in IT-Security. Companies as well as partners from politics serve as advisors, making sure that the questions in focus are of relevance for society. Besides the technical disciplines, researchers from various fields including education, journalism, linguistics, media science, peace research, as well as social science serve as principal investigators in the project. The PhD school is part of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, one of leading institute in IT-Security. The PhD program SecHuman is funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW). Besides the Ruhr University also the FH Dortmund as well as the TU Dortmund are partners in this project.


The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security invites young scholars from all disciplines to participate at the SecHuman Summer School. We appreciate participants working in technical areas as well as from the humanities.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.


The participation fee will be 120 Euro . The Fee includes refreshments and lunch. In addition we will have a conference dinner and a social event that is included in the fee. A few weeks after registration we will send you details concerning payment and money transfer.

Please register here:



There will be a limited number of scholarships (incl. fee, travel and accomodation). Your application should include the following:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (1000 words max)
  • Research background/ discipline and prior knowledge on IT-Security
  • Description of your current research project (1000 words max)

Please apply by sending your application as PDF in one document to susanne.kersten at rub.de
After one week at the latest, you will receive a notification of receipt of your application. Whether you receive a scholarship or not is decided in April 2019.



Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Horst Görtz Institut für IT-Sicherheit

Building ID 2/150
Universitätsstrasse 150
44780 Bochum

Astrid Wichmann, Dr.
Coordinator SecHuman
Room ID 2/148

T (+49) (0) 234 – 32 29267
F (+49) (0) 234 – 32 14886
astrid.wichmann AT rub.de