The innovative research TUM-IAS Fellows engage in does not usually happen in a vacuous environment. Fellows and their Hosts are part of research units at TUM. They either provide leadership to institutes, research units or laboratories or are prominent guests at those. TUM-IAS deems such an institutional embedding necessary and gives it the status of a Focus Group. Focus Groups form the local, topical and organizational units of the Institute. They provide the social environment where Fellows, Hosts, their doctoral candidates, and collaborators meet to share the development of their topic, organize activities, and cater for mutual support. Ideally, these teams are also diverse in terms of disciplines and gender.