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

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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. (more…)

Meet the organizers of this year’s General Assembly

PeopleAll PhD representatives from the 93 Leibniz Institutes meet annually in the General Assembly where they collect new ideas and tackle challenges, discuss essential actions, elect the new steering group and section officers, and define the goals for the upcoming 12 months. Fruitful exchange of experiences is achieved also due to a cooperation with the leaders of the Max Planck PhD Network (PhDNet), the Helmholtz Juniors (HeJus) and the Leibniz Postdoc Network.

The General Assembly is hosted voluntarily by different Leibniz Institutes every year. This year, the 3rd General Assembly is organized by the collaboration of three Leibniz Institutes (Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Leibniz Institute on Aging and Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology) in Jena, Thuringia (September 26th to 28th, 2018). Meet the people who make this event happen! (more…)

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

PeopleBecause 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. (more…)

Meet the PhD Agreement Group!

PeopleThe PhD agreement group is a subgroup within the working group of diversity, equal opportunities, and working conditions of the Leibniz PhD Network. The group’s task is to develop an agreement between PhD candidates and their institutes that aims to be valid for all Leibniz institutes. Among others the topics of the agreement are supervision, career options, advanced training and working hours. Besides developing a basic agreement for all, we also take into account the different sections and research areas within Leibniz and their possible specifics. Of course, we will also consider the results of the survey group to take a closer look at the actual conditions that should be improved by an agreement. In the end we want to present a fundamental agreement that all PhD representatives and candidates can use to either develop a PhD agreement for their institute or modify and improve their existing one.

Now, meet the people behind the group!

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Meet the survey group!

PeopleThe survey group is a subgroup within the working group of diversity, equal opportunities, and working conditions of the Leibniz PhD Network. This group’s task is to develop, conduct, and evaluate internal surveys that help the network to know more about the doctoral researchers it represents. This information will then be utilized to shape the argument’s thrust of the network in order to advocate fair working conditions for its members.

Meet here those who are behind this important mission!

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