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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/.


Katarzyna Stoltmann
Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS)

One of the aims of Katarzyna is the implementation of intranet for all Leibniz doctoral researchers to enhance the internal communication and interdisciplinarity. Due to her years of experience in research as well as in free enterprises, Katarzyna wishes to support Leibniz PhD students with professional decisions.


Jan-Lucas Schanze
Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS)

Jan-Lucas advocates for a culture that let us benefit from the extraordinary diversity of the Leibniz Association and its doctoral researchers. Every doctoral researcher should be aware of our network and is kindly invited to participate for the sake of our common interests.

Financial Officer

Marie Urbicht
German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ)

In Marie’s opinion, the Leibniz PhD Network provides a great framework to connect young and creative minds from different areas of research and to represent their interests. It is important to her to keep up the good work of the first year and make it even more publicly visible.

Speaker Section A

Saskia Ripp
Institute for the German Language (IDS)

For Saskia a great potential of the network lies in interdisciplinary exchange. This is why she wants to promote the flow of information within the network. Furthermore, she wants to establish basic guidelines for the employment of doctoral candidates.

Speaker Section B

Aida Cumurovic
Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

Aida sees the PhD Network as a great way for doctoral students to network between all Leibniz-Institutes. It offers a platform to exchange experiences and ideas on research, working conditions, and career possibilities. She wants to help shaping a lively exchange and engages for fair working conditions.

Speaker Section C

Rosa Isela Grote-Gálvez
Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM)

Rosas personal concerns are the working conditions of scientist in Germany. Young scientist should have more courage to demand good working conditions, fair payment and employment contracts. We have to claim for more scientists with influence in the regulatory agencies and among government officials.

Speaker Section D

Florian Korinth
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT)

In Florian's opinion the Leibniz PhD Network is first and foremost a platform to further improve the communication between doctoral researchers, even beyond their own institute - and section borders. This broadened communication supports the development of new projects and sparks new impulses for excellent research.

Speaker Section E

Meike Weltin
Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Meike is inspired by the spirit of the network to connect doctoral researchers in order to jointly raise awareness for their indispensable contributions to excellent and relevant scientific achievements and to actively shape the future of doctoral researchers in Germany themselves.