The main focus of the Doctoral Program "Hadrons in Vacuum, Nuclei and Stars" is a deeper understanding of Quantum Chromodynamics and the properties of hadrons.

The Doctoral Program focuses on theoretical investigations using different techniques, such as lattice QCD simulations, functional methods, effective theories and perturbative calculations. The research program has the following scientific long-term goals:

The research program is partly pursued in cooperation with the partner DKs in Jena and Vienna, as well as with several other partner institutions.