Author: Jonathan Stefanowski

PhD student at DRFZ and Charité working on intravital bone marrow microscopy and member of the working group communication in the Leibniz PhD Network

This was the 3rd General Assembly of the Leibniz PhD Network

Extensive social interaction, interdisciplinary exchange and continuous discussions among 82 doctoral researcher representatives and working group members from 63 out of 93 institutes and museums made this event a vibrant experience. Many thanks to all attendees.

The 3rd General Assembly took place in Jena hosted by the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) and Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute FLI from 26th to 28th September, just right after the second birthday of the Network. As to expect from the sheer number activities in the last year starting from the survey on the situation of doctoral researchers in the Leibniz Association, the release of this very blog, the finalization of a first draft for a generic PhD agreement, the intensification of political work through N2, the network of networks, and the organisation of the first Conference of Interdisciplinarity of the Leibniz PhD Network (and the author doubts that this list is complete), the rooms which hosted a networking forum in which all these topics were presented and discussed on small tables were fully filled with people and voices, content and discussion.

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Integration of doctoral researcher representatives at Leibniz institutes. The WG PhD Agreement Part 2/3

Because this work is carried out in German a German Version is provided below.

In order to obtain an overview of how strongly the individual doctoral researcher (DR) representatives are integrated in their institutes; what rights and duties they have accepted, whether they are officially recognized as a group or body of interests, whether they have their own budget and whether there is any representation at all, we contacted the DRs at various Leibniz institutes and asked them for information on this subject by e-mail. On the basis of feedback from a total of 25 institutes, we were able to confirm that the doctoral student representatives in the institutes operate under completely different conditions. For instance, 7 institutes have no official status as a group of DR and only 5 sit on institute committees, of which only one has the right to vote. Only 5 of the registered representatives have a budget for events such as workshops or soft skill courses. It is therefore of great concern to our working group to advocate a firmly integrated DR representation at all institutes, which offers DRs an accepted and recognized platform for participation in shaping the works and activities of the institute.

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Leibniz female Professorship Program

A personal report from Rosa I. Grote-Gálvez, Section Officer C, on  the kick-off event for the Leibniz female Professorship Program “Sie kommen wie berufen”
What is the Leibniz female Professorship Program?

A funding and support program of the Leibniz Association to promote more women in science.

What is the aim of the Leibniz female professorship program?

The program aims to support the successful recruitment of internationally outstanding female scientists and to encourage the appointment to a professorship at an earlier stage in their career. The funding positions are W2 and W3 professorships, which are either permanent or have a tenure track option. The Leibniz Association started this program at its institutes in 2018. The first five female scientists have already been selected and are now being appointed to professors at their universities.

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Why and how? The WG PhD Agreement about their work. Part 1/3

Because this work is carried out in German a German Version is provided below.

Our working group was founded as a sub-group of the working group on diversity, equal opportunities and working conditions during the Leibniz PhD Network general assembly of 2017 in Rostock.

During the discussions of the World Café format we identified several cornerstones that define the conditions for doctoral candidates at Leibniz institutes and research Museums. It became clear that the working and supervision conditions vary greatly due to the diversity of institutes, employment contracts, scholarship providers and associations with universities. This developed mainly due to the various prerequisites within the individual research disciplines and sections. Therefore, we concentrate on the creation of guidelines in order to ensuring equal and fair standards for all doctoral students in the Leibniz Association.

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