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PhD Networks publish Wahlprüfsteine for the German Federal Election

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On September 26, a new federal parliament is elected. 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. 

Report Wahlprüfsteine

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-Alexander-Universität 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.

New Doctoral Representative Body in Bavaria

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In June, the doctoral representations of Bavaria have joined forces and founded the Network of doctoral representatives in Bavaria (LaProBay). This network consists of the doctoral representative bodies from the universities in Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg, München (TU), Regensburg, and Würzburg.
LaProBay will speak up and fight to improve the situation of doctoral candidates across Bavaria and beyond. Stay tuned for more information!


Amendment of the Bavarian Higher Education Act

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Position Paper of the Landesnetzwerks der Promovierendenvertretungen in Bayern (LaProBay) about the Bavarian Higher Education Act

In 2020, doctoral representatives in Bavaria started exchanging ideas on matters concerning doctoral candidates and on how to build representative structures across the state. Since then, a network of universities with regular meetings was established: the Landesnetzwerk der Promovierendenvertretungen in Bayern, with members from the universities in Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich (TU), Regensburg and Würzburg.

In this position paper presented to the Ministry of Science and Art, LaProBay focuses on the doctoral-related topics of the Bavarian Higher Education Act. LaProBay calls for:
1. legal anchoring of the doctoral representations and their inclusion into the existing status groups.
2. promotion of young researchers and plannable career paths
3. participation of doctoral candidates in the development of rules on teaching load
4. framework conditions for doctorates at or in cooperation with universities of applied sciences (HAWs)

Please find the joint paper in our “Positions” section.

Amendment of the Bavarian Higher Education Act

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Joint Position Paper of the Student Council and the Graduate Council

Since the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Arts published the key points of the planned reform of the Bavarian Higher Education Act in October 2020, a broad and constructive discussion about the future direction of the Bavarian higher education landscape has flared up. In this discussion, the perception of the next generation of scientists, who are currently in training, is unfortunately only taken into account to a limited extent. At the Technical University of Munich, for example, this generation forms the largest group with approximately 45,000 students and approximately 7,000 doctoral candidates, who share similar ideas for an innovative Bavarian university landscape.

Please find the joint paper in our “Positions” section.

NEW SPEAKERS 2021 ELECTED

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On January 11, the Graduate Council gathered online for its 78th meeting to vote on their new team of speakers for 2021.

After his term in office as 2nd Speaker (October 2020 to January 2021) we congratulate Sebastian Straßer (TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) to his new role as 1st Speaker. We are further happy to congratulate Mónica Basilio Hazas (TUM Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management) for being elected as new 2nd Speaker of the TUM Graduate Council.

As of January 11, Mónica and Sebastian will officially represent the voice of the GC and thus, doctoral candidates at TUM.

Congratulations!


Communicating Science

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We proudly present Communicating Science, the monthly PhD meetup with food for thought.

Join us at our regulars’ tables @ Augustiner, Garching and register for our new and exiting workshops!