On September 26, Germany elects a new federal parliament, the Bundestag. This election affects all aspects of life, including the worklife of doctoral researchers, development of science and diversity in acadmia. To help doctoral researchers and other early-career scientists, several PhD networks have joined forces to provide them with a guide to navigate the elections using information that directly affects them. We very much encourage you to cast your vote if you can!
The project was conducted by the the N² network (Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society, leibniz PhD Network and IPP Mayence), the TUM Graduate Council of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the ProKo of the Friedrich-August-University in Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), THESIS e.V., the Doctoral Covenant of Baden-Württemberg, the Coucil of Doctoral Researchers of the Technical University of Brunswik, the ProRat of the University of Leipzig, and the DR.FSU of the University of Jena.
With our forces joined, we asked the political parties currently present in the Bundestag about their plans after the election regarding science and academia, including the working conditions of doctoral researchers among other topics. The result can be read in our report. The report is only available in German because this is about the German elections and entails an introductory note, summary tables, a short text with our overall impression and an annex with the verbatim answers of the parties.
Our joint effort has received complete sets of answers from the parties CDU/CSU, FDP, Bündnis90/Die Grünen and Die Linke. The SPD has answered to one of the blocks of questions only, while the AfD has not sent any answers.
We hope the report is a useful tool to inform your voting decision.
Today, LGBTI+ folks around the world and their allies observe IDAHOBIT – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia. As the Leibniz PhD Network, we would like to express our support for the community. To shed a light on LGBTI+ issues in academia, our Working Group Diversity conducted an interview with our Co-Spokesperson Jan Klenke.
Times have been tough on all of us and we all really need a little fun. This is why the working group ‘WG Communication’ is organizing a Science Slam event within the Leibniz PhD Network. We invite PhD candidates from all sections to participate in this event to teach others what their field of research is all about.
For the ones not familiar: Science Slams are a platform to communicate research in an entertaining way. Make people laugh, cry or amazed by the work you’re doing – similar to conference talks, but without the formalities and that one guy sleeping in the background.
Who can participate? All doctoral researchers at Leibniz institutes or research museums. From all registrations, 10 speakers will be selected.
Presentation format? English, 10 minutes
When? Friday, 30 April 2020 – 5pm
Where? Online – via Zoom
How can you register as a speaker? Fill out this registration form until 30 March 2021
Are there prizes for the winners? Yes, of course. And glory!
We hope to get speakers from all sections, so register and represent your institute! For all others, save the date and support your representing speaker. Winners will be voted by the audience.