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15. Jun 2022

Doctoral students representation elected at MLU

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Update: Juliane Friedrichs has been elected as the doctoral students representative and Constanze Wandt-Ptasczynski as the deputy at the Akademischer Senat.

Congratulations! This year, the doctoral students representatives in all faculties have been elected for the first time. The election period is 01.09.22-31.08.24. Please find below an overview of all representatives.

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7. Jun 2022

Career paths of academics

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The newly released website Wissen Schafft Karriere (in German) provides a general overview of career paths in science as well as specific opportunities for a career at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

So what does a career in science at MLU look like? A doctorate is often the beginning of an academic career towards a professorship. And yet, the doctorate opens up many other career opportunities, both at MLU and at many other institutions.

The compatibility of family and career or one’s own health have a significant impact on professional development and career. The website also illustrates this and show support options in working life through MLU.

Last but not least, you will find statutes, regulations and templates for various decisions and guidelines relating to career options and organisation at MLU.

29. Jun 2022

Individual Development Plan (IDP) and myIDP

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You have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing your PhD degree.  Now it’s time to focus on how to leverage your expertise into a satisfying and productive career.  The Individual Development Plan (IDP) concept is commonly used in industry to help employees define and pursue their career goals.  In 2003, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) proposed an IDP framework for postdoctoral fellows in the sciences.  AAAS/Science joined forces with FASEB and experts from several universities (see authors below) to expand on that framework.  The result is myIDP – a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.


Please check myIDP and the article “J. A. Robin et al., You Need a Game Plan (2012)” by ScienceCarrers for further information.

8. Jun 2022

Online-event „Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Programme” (June 23, 2022)

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The EU-Academic Network Saxony-Anhalt would like to invite you to the online-event Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Actions (MSCA) on the 23rd of June (2pm-5pm).

Speakers from the National Contact Point (NCP) MSC will present „Postdoctoral Fellowships“ in English and „Doctoral Networks“ in German language, added by examples of best practices of successful applicants:

  • 14:00-15:15: MSCA – Postdoctoral Fellowships: Funding opportunities of research projects of experienced researchers within and beyond Europe (in English)
  • 15:45-17:00: MSCA – Doctoral Networks: Funding opportunities of scientific networks and early-stage researchers (in German)

Please find the programme here and put your question in the chat.


For registration just send an e-mail to: By registering, you consent to the processing of your personal data: Erhebung personenbezogener Daten (Information nach Art. 13 DSGVO).

3. Jun 2022

[FH Kiel] Career paths of women towards FH/HAW professorships (June 24, 2022 | online)

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Female professors and equal opportunities officers of the universities of applied sciences in Schleswig-Holstein cordially invite female professional practitioners, postdocs, doctoral candidates and other interested parties to an open exchange about the job description, hiring requirements and paths to a professorship.

Terms and registration

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31. May 2022

[BEAM] Voice and Body (June 14-15, 2022)

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There are free slots at this workshop organised by research training group “BEAM (RTG 2670): Self-Organization of Soft Matter via Multiple Noncovalent Interactions”.

Integral to voice and body training is the central idea that physical and vocal dynamics are connected to the speaker’s motivation and to the importance of the information being communicated. The trainer has a professional theatre background, which is a unique benefit for the participants to help identify the verbal challenges of each speaker, giving attention to breath, articulation, intonation, volume, modulation and tempo.


The Training is given to improve non-verbal aspects such as gesture, positioning, distance, eye contact and relationship with media. The trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to present yourself more effectively and to make the best impression and strongest impact. Participants monitor their improvement and implement feedback through active role-play exercises in which they present themselves.

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31. May 2022

[PlantBioChem] Plant Science Student Conference 2022 (June 14-17, 2022 | online)

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From June 14-17, 2022, IPB PhD students  and the Research School PlantBioChem will organize the Plant Science Student Conference (PSSC). This year, the meeting for PhD students from plant science and related disciplines will take place as an online conference. The organizing team was able to engage excellent guest speakers and invites young plant scientists from biochemistry, bioinformatics and agricultural sciences to present their research with posters and talks. 

Registration is open until June 10, 2022. 

Abstracts will have to be submitted by June 8, 2022.

All information about the program and participation is available on the PSSC website.

You can look forward to the following guest speakers:

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24. May 2022

[BEAM] Workshop: How to get up after falling down (July 7, 2022)

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There are free slots at this workshop organised by research training group “BEAM (RTG 2670): Self-Organization of Soft Matter via Multiple Noncovalent Interactions”.

What do we do when things go wrong? How do we respond when we fail or when we have bad luck? Did you know that even BEAM failed the first time? What if … every experience of failure became an opportunity to learn and grow?


In this workshop, we discuss the many ways in which things can go wrong and we clarify what failure means to each of us, individually. Then we reflect on how we can respond to failure and use it to get better. In the end, it is all about getting up once more than falling down. This workshop is a bit different, maybe the format is unusual for you, and you decide how much you want to share. For an impression of how Rebecca Waldecker works, you can listen here (in German).

“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” ― Bruce Lee

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23. May 2022

MLU Mentoring Program for doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers

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Shape your scientific career path in a self-determined way! – The MLU Mentoring Program will accompany you on your way. 

Are you a doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and are striving for a career in academia? Do you want to shape your career path in a self-determined and solution-oriented way and network with other scientists? Great goals are best achieved together.

What can you expect in the mentoring program?
  • One-to-one mentoring with established female professors
  • Networking with other scientists from all faculties at MLU.
  • (digital) workshops on key qualifications
  • (digital) collegial counseling as a group dynamic element
What else do you need to know?
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17. May 2022

[FEMPOWER@MLU] Open Call: Professionalization through Coaching

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Update: Still funds available.

Participants are supported in identifying and developing their potential and making the best use of opportunities, thus successfully realizing the path to a scientific leading position. Questions about the development and genesis of a professional identity as a scientist or university professor are just as important as aspects of coping with specific qualification requirements and further life and career planning, whereby the compatibility of family and academic career also plays an important role.

Read more (in German)

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