An interview with our spokesperson Katarzyna Stoltmann on her ethusiam for science and her dissertation topic,  the relevance of exchange between doctoral researchers and how becoming a spokesperson for the Leibniz PhD Network has made every working day since special. Read the full interview here (in German).

The German doctoral researcher associations of the N2 Network: the Helmholtz Juniors, the Leibniz PhD Network and the Max Planck PhDnet raise their voice to point to the mental health risk of doctoral researchers. “Apparently, people that conduct a PhD are exposed to specific factors that increase the risk for developing mental health issues, in comparison with people with a similar educational background.” Read more on the blogposts
Addressing the Mental Health Crisis among Doctoral Researchers, Part I
Addressing the Mental Health Crisis among Doctoral Researchers, Part II

One of our spokespersons, Jan-Lucas Schanze in an interview about the organization of professorships at German universities and a proposal for a change towards a department based structure. Professors are powerful when it comes to the “akademischen Mittelbau”, the scientific personell at universities and institutes who solely depend on the goodwill of their professor. The Leibniz PhD Network enforces establishing a PhD agreement that provides the doctoral researchers a mentor besides the professor in order to promote independence. We also conduct extensive surveys among all doctoral researchers at all Leibniz institutes to provide a data base to evaluate the situation and possible solutions. Read the full article here: