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Dr. Sabine Müller
Section A: Humanities and Educational Research | Research Careers
Leibniz Association
Chausseestraße 111
10115 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 20 60 49 - 686

The Leibniz PhD Network


The Leibniz PhD Network exists since September 2016 on initiative of a group of doctoral researchers of the Leibniz Association. 

It was founded with the goal to promote exchange among doctoral researchers within the Leibniz Association and beyond, to organise occasions and opportunities that foster and strengthen the Leibniz Network and to work towards common standards for doctoral researcher within the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz PhD Network also aims to contribute towards more transparency for careers within and outside academia.


The Leibniz PhD Network is open to all PhD candidates of the Leibniz Association. The general assembly is the forum of the PhD Network. It consists of all representatives and delegates of the Leibniz Institutes who gather once a year in an annual meeting to elect a steering committee, to discuss the activities and achievements of the working groups as well as to agree on a roadmap for the subsequent year. The steering committee comprises two spokespersons and five section officers.

Topics and Activities

The PhD Network aims to establish a platform to encourage and promote exchange among doctoral researchers of the Leibniz Association on their research as well as on topics of societal and political interest/importance. Therefore, it plans to organise interdisciplinary conferences and networking events – some in cooperation with PhD networks of other research organisations.

Beyond that, the PhD Network lends a voice to concerns of doctoral research within the Leibniz Association. Members of the steering committee participate among others in the Leibniz Project Group “Research Careers” and get the opportunity to report to bodies of the Leibniz Association. Further topics are discussed and advanced in working groups. Working Groups are open to all doctoral researchers. Please contact one of the spokesperson to join an existing or to initiate a new working group.

Current working groups are:

  • General Assembly Team
  • Communication Group
  • Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Diversity, Equal Opportunities, Working conditions

For news and detailed information on the activities of the Leibniz PhD Network visit our blog at https://leibniz-phd.net/.


Katharina Willenbücher
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy

It is Katharina's concern that all doctoral students of the Leibniz Association have a common basis, be it in the form of a doctoral agreement or communication channels to strengthen their rights. In addition, the work of the N2 Network is very important to her, since the political work of the various doctoral networks throughout Germany strengthens the visibility of all and they can jointly stand up for the concerns of the doctoral students.


Jonathan Stefanowski
German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin

For Jonathan, communication among all doctoral researchers and active members of the Network is key to provide the group with a representative voice. Then the Network continues to grow into a powerful tool in order to shape working conditions for the better – and therefore the quality of science.

Financial Officer

Bastian Sommerfeld
Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Rostock University

Bastian considers the PhD Network a great platform for Ph.D. researchers to help represent their interests, get to know others from different fields, and support one another academically, professionally, and socially. He wants to support new ideas and continue the excellent work of his predecessors.

Speaker Section A

Anja Jahn
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

In Anja’s view the Leibniz PhD Network is an interface to connect researchers from various disciplines working besides their academic aspirations on the same fundamental question on how to sustainably improve research conditions. Anja joined the Network in order to actively engage in the process, to identify the current challenges and to foster solutions and exchange between the researchers.

Speaker Section B

Tim Rottleb
Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space

For Tim, the Leibniz PhD network is an important platform for self-organisation among the Leibniz PhD students and can serve as an effective tool for their representation, especially against the backdrop of an increasingly precarious academic landscape. Furthermore, he thinks that the network can act as a potential incubator for more interdisciplinary research among the diverse disciplines of the Leibniz institutes and provide spaces for interesting discussion and exchange.

Speaker Section C

Lukas Heiberger
German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin

Lukas joined the Leibniz PhD Network with the aim to improve the working conditions of young scientists within the Leibniz association, which could eventually benefit all young scientists in Germany. Since young scientist make up a substantially part of the scientific community in Germany he thinks that their opinion should be valued and furthermore implemented in the process of shaping the scientific landscape in Germany.

Speaker Section D

Pablo Fook
Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering

In Pablo's opinion, the Leibniz PhD Network is a great platform to further improve gender equality, work environment, representation, progression and success for all. Therefore, he believes that the network has a great potential for powering up and support Leibniz PhD researchers with professional decisions.

Speaker Section E

Aman Malik
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Aman joined the PhD Network with the aim of promoting information exchange, like supervision agreements and ideas for events, among institutes in the network. For this purpose, he hopes to establish a central database.