Since 2011 the research retreat takes place in the autumn of each year. Invited are all first year doctoral researchers on the BGHS doctoral programme.
By tradition the retreat takes place outside Bielefeld University. Work takes place in small, interdisciplinary groups, each supported by a professor, and centres on the research projects of the new members of the BGHS. The purpose of the research retreat is to make the newcomers familiar with the advantages of interdisciplinary work and show them hands-on how the School's Research Classes work.
Furthermore the retreat's programme offers participants the opportunity for a get-together with their new colleagues and the BGHS doctoral represantatives.