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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
  • Structural Group
  • Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Diversity, Equal Opportunities, Working conditions

Contact information

Olga Naumov
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM)

Martin Schmidt
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

N2 Science Communication Conference

Berlin, 6-8 November 2017

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Olga Naumov
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM)

In the PhD Network, one of Olga's personal concerns is to help PhD candidates making decisions about their career paths. She wants to represent those who chose a professional development in science and technology, but also in humanities and social sciences.


Martin Schmidt
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

In the Leibniz PhD Network, Martin wants to highlight the importance of diversity, equal opportunities and ethics in science – that is why he is keen on Open Science.

Speaker Section A

Inga Marie Bause
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)

Inga believes that the integration of diverse expertise and constructive collaboration are essential for conducting high-quality research. Therefore, she is especially enthusiastic about the potential of the PhD Network to foster interdisciplinary exchange.

Speaker Section B

Antonio Arcudi
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HFSK)

Antonio thinks that the Leibniz PhD Network is a great opportunity to connect different young scholars from different institutes and disciplines. This is important for improving the quality of research and enhancing the visibility of young scholars within academia.

Speaker Section C

Carolina Schwedhelm
German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE)

Amongst Carolina s goals within the PhD Network is the achievement of fair working conditions and a workplace that promotes healthy lifestyles for all doctoral researchers.

Speaker Section D

Lydia Vogt
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT)

Lydia thinks that the Leibniz PhD network is a great opportunity for connecting PhD students across all institutes and disciplines and is looking forward to establishing the network.

Speaker Section E

Femke Lutz
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Femke thinks that communication inside and outside the institutes is very important in order to improve the quality of research and for creating new ideas. Therefore she thinks the Leibniz PhD Network is a great initiative.