Meet the new steering committee for 2017/2018!


At the 2nd General Assemly in Rostock a new steering committee was elected for the term 2017/2018. Inspired by the spirit of the General Assembly, the seven newly elected members are looking forward to carry on the work of the last year.

Meet the members of the new steering committee!


Kasia_newsletter_1Katarzyna Stoltmann
In terms of my study, I completed German Linguistics and Computer Science and Linguistics at the Humboldt University. Since 2013, I have been gaining professional experience at an IT Company. In between, I studied also IT Project Management at a private Business School in Poland. Since September 2015, I have been working as researcher at the Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS). In terms of my doctoral research, I investigate how space perception, interpretation, and production depend on language, culture and situation using mouse tracking and motion capture systems. Besides conducting psycholinguistics experiments, I enjoy traveling to sunny places, swimming, and running.


janlucas_newsletterJan-Lucas Schanze
I am very happy to be one of the current Spokesperson of the Leibniz PhD Network. I studied political science and economics in Mannheim and Berlin. As student assistant I got to know the Leibniz Association at the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW). After finishing my Master’s degree in Berlin, I returned to Mannheim and started to work for the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS). My doctorate deals with survey methodology and I really enjoy to research and learn in the international scientific environment. In my leisure time, I try to play football or tennis as often as possible and currently prepare for the half marathon in my native city Cologne. And yes, indeed, I love the Cologne Carnival!


Financial Officer

Marie_newsletterMarie Urbicht
I’m the Financial Officer of the Leibniz PhD Network. I studied Biochemistry in Berlin and I am now a first year PhD student in the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ). During my PhD, I am investigating different chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans by cytometry and computational biology. My aim is to find new biomarkers which will be applied in the clinics to predict disease progression and/or therapy response. In my free time, I enjoy hiking or going to the theater and ballet.


Section Officers

Section A: Humanities and Educational Research

saskia_newsletter.jpgSaskia Ripp
I studied translation science, linguistics and cultural science in Germersheim and Mannheim and I am currently working on my PhD at the Institute for the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim. Specifically, I investigate the user’s perspective of using online descriptive and reference grammars. I want to find out how grammatical information must be presented in order to make it useful and understandable for every user based on their individual grammatical knowledge. In my free time you can find me playing (beach) volleyball for my club in Leimen, cheering for my favorite soccer team, or at any other sports event in town.

Section B: Economics, Social Sciences, and Spatial Research

Aida_NewsletterAida Cumurovic
I studied Economics and International Economics and Policy Consulting. I’m doing my doctorate at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) on Financial Literacy, Behavioural Economics, and Behavioural Finance. I enjoy going for bike rides in and around Berlin, going to concerts, to the cinema, and traveling the world.


Section C: Life Sciences

Rosa_NewsletterRosa Isela Grote-Gálvez
In 2000, I came from Peru to Hamburg. After finishing my masters in Biology, I worked for the industry. Thanks to a stipend I am now doing my doctorate at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM). I am a passionate immunologist and investigate how the immune system deals with protozoan pathogens. My PhD project focuses on Chagas disease, which is the most important neglected disease in Latin America. Besides research, I am a mom (my kids are 14 and 8 years old) and I like to go cycling.

Section D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Engineering

Florian NewsletterFlorian Korinth
I studied chemistry in Berlin and moved to Jena for my PhD studies at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT). My field of research is vibrational spectroscopy, especially Raman imaging. In my opinion, science plays an important role in improving our lives and finding solutions for problems of our society. Creativity is important to me, as it is the source for new ideas. In my free time, I like to read, socialize with others, enjoy playing board games, and participating in role-playing games.

Section E: Environmental Sciences


Meike Weltin
I work at the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg. For my doctorate, I investigate the decisions and motivations of farmers to adopt innovative and ‘green’ practices both on the farm and regarding regional cooperation and exchange. By training, I am an economist, but I like to dive into the diverse spectrum of the social sciences (and statistics, I admit it) and I am an excited learner in the field of the natural sciences. Taken together, I am very keen to see how one can bring different disciplines, approaches, topics and perspectives together. Besides science, I am frequently plagued by wanderlust; love to be outside and among people.


Title picture: The newly elected steering committee 2017/2018 at the second general assembly of the Leibniz PhD Network. From left to right: Aida, Meike, Rosa, Jan-Lucas, Florian, Kasia, Marie and Saskia.

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