After the General Assembly in September, the new steering group met for a kick-off meeting at the TU in Berlin on 23rd and 24th November to get ready for the upcoming term. With the upcoming events of 2019 of the Leibniz PhD Network and N2 – the Network of Networks, the publication of the results of the PhD survey or the finalization of a draft PhD agreement – just to name a few topics – a lot of material for discussion was on the table for the Network’s third year of activity.
A new year started and we want to say a huge thank you to our last Steering Group 2017/2018 for representing the Leibniz PhD Network. We wish you all the best on your future journey. In this blog post some former Steering Group members answered questions about their work, impressions and their experiences within the Leibniz PhD Network. In the meantime, tasks have been handed over successfully to the newly voted successors.
Would you like to become more engaged in our network? As a doctoral researcher of any Leibniz Institute, you too can be active and help within the working groups. More information can be found in the respective directories of the working groups on our page.
We are very happy to share a guest contribution by our Leibniz Postdoc colleagues who recently held their second assembly after their foundation a year ago. The Leibniz Postdoc Network and Leibniz PhD Network are in the process of deepening their relationship, identifying common topics and supporting each other. Mary-Ann Blätke, Glòria Martrus, and Gitta Heinz – all members of the Postdocs Network’s newly elected steering committee 2018/19 (pictured above) – let you know how they experienced the event and see the cooperation with the Leibniz PhD Network.
A workshop on cooperation with German universities
On September 6th, our Officer for Section A Saskia and our Spokesperson Jan-Lucas co-organized a workshop on “Doctorates in graduate schools at non-university organizations” (Promotionen in Graduiertenprogrammen an außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen) at the UniWiND/GUAT 2018 conference, together with Christine Vogler from the International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions – ILRS Jena. The conference „Vielfalt durch Kooperation – Promotionsverfahren mit Partnereinrichtungen“ (Diversity through cooperation – Doctorates with associated organizations“) at the Technical University Munich dealt with challenges and chances when it comes to cooperation concerning doctorate programs between universities and non-university research institutions.
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.(more…)