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News 03/24 (2nd edition) // P2P Mentoring / Good Scientific Practice / YES Info Event / Career Fair / DFG Info / R2M Challenge / ScienceFluencer Award / Call Leadership Academy / Workshops

Mar 20, 2024



Postdoc-2-PhD Mentoring Program // Application deadline: April 12


Our mission is to improve research through the development of early career scientists by creating a safe and confidential environment for peer-to-peer mentoring, improving academic mentoring by teaching young researchers mentoring skills, developing lifelong mentoring relationships and helping participants create an individual development plan for their professional future.

Mentoring pairs consist of 1 postdoc-mentor and 1 mentee, who meet monthly over the course of six months. Mentors and mentees are matched based on the information provided in mentor and mentee applications (focus of interest, career trajectory, etc.).

The program represents a unique opportunity for postdocs to gain new skills via training opportunities and practical experience. Mentoring is an important skill for all postdocs looking to advance to the next stage of their careers.


More information and registration



New statutes for safeguarding good scientific practice published


Freie Universität’s new Statute for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice (GWP-Satzung) was approved in October 2023 by the Academic Senate.

This statute provides a framework for academic work at Freie Universität Berlin and provides a list of the rules governing good research practice. Moreover, it incorporates the guidelines of the DFG Code of Conduct for Good Research Practice in a legally binding document.

The Coordination Office for Research Integrity has been established to oversee the implementation of the Statute for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice and to act as a point of contact for all members of Freie Universität Berlin seeking advice on good research practice.

The contact of the ombudspersons for research integrity at the department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy can be found here: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/forschung/gute-wissenschaftliche-praxis/index.html



Info Event: Your Career Perspectives with YES // March 26


You want to take the leap from academia into business with your research idea but don't know where to start? Join us for a quick lunch Q+A session on March 26 from 12 to 12.45 pm for a chance to get to know Young Entrepreneurs in Science and our workshop program!

Information and registration: https://youngentrepreneursinscience.com/events/another-discover-your-career-opportunities-as-a-sciencepreneur/


The Graduate Center is an academic partner of YES. Participation in workshops and webinars is free of charge.



Save the Date: Postdoc Career Fair // June 20


Mark your calendars for June 20th 2024 for a unique career fair tailored specifically to the needs and aspirations of postdocs. This event provides an unparalleled platform for exchanging experiences with peers and experts across various industries, with a focus on non-academic career paths. Seize this opportunity to gain valuable insights, discover new ideas, and gather tips and strategies for advancing your career. The fair is an ideal setting to expand your professional network and gain direct access to knowledge and experiences that can propel your career beyond academia. We look forward to welcoming you on June 20th at the Humboldt Graduate School! More details coming soon!



DFG Prospects: Online Info Talks on DFG Funding Opportunities for Research Careers


Germany’s largest independent research funding organization offers funding opportunities for all career stages between doctorate and professorship. Join the online talk and get to know the DFG and its funding portfolio for postdocs. DFG offers an overview of all funding instruments for the time after your doctorate.


Upcoming talk in the Prospects Series:

  • 09/04/2024, 10 – 11:30 a.m. CET
    Heisenberg-Programm (in German)
  • 16/05/2024, 4 – 5:30 p.m. CET

Walter Benjamin Programme


More info here.



Research to Market Challenge // Application deadline: April 5


We are looking for innovative ideas for products, processes, applications and/or business models related to research at Freie Universität Berlin or cooperating institutions (e.g. Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Zuse-Institut, Robert-Koch-Institut, etc.). We are looking forward to receiving submissions for the competition categories Sustainability & Society, Healthcare & Prevention and Technologies & Resources plus an extra category with a special prize "Future Innovation: AI" if the idea also relates to the topic of artificial intelligence. In addition to prize money totaling 12,000 Euros and awards for the best solutions, the participants will receive feedback from experts on the potential exploitation of their research results. Application deadline is April 5, 2024.


All information can be found here: https://www.marketchallenge.de/en/index.html



ScienceFluencer Award // Application deadline: April 30


Are you an early-career scientist with a passion for science communication? Then apply now for the ScienceFluencer Award until April 30, 2024!

The Junior-GBM has established the ScienceFluencer Award, which recognizes the work of early-career scientists (students, doctoral candidates, postdocs) with a prize.  

In particular, the focus lies on communication of scientific content with the media and the public is emphasized. Thus, the format facilitates bridging between academic societies, industry, universities, and science enthusiasts.


This year, once again, a jury will award the ScienceFluencer Award. We are excited to collaborate with Future Insight e. V., who is sponsoring the award this year. Apply now until April 30, 2024! The award ceremony this year will take place as part of the Curious2024-Future Insight™ conference in Mainz on July 10 and 11, 2024. Curious individuals and science enthusiasts are warmly welcomed at the event! For more information, visit the website at sciencefluencer.org.



Open Call: Leadership Academy 8 Fellowships 2024 // Bewerbungsschluss: 23. April


Die German Scholars Organization e.V. vergibt mit Hilfe der Förderung der Klaus Tschira Stiftung und in Kooperation mit der TU9 25 Fellowships für die 8. Leadership Academy. Das Programm richtet sich an deutschsprachige und promovierte Wissenschaftler*innen aller Disziplinen, die derzeit im Ausland forschen oder seit max. 1 Jahr (wieder) in Deutschland leben.

Die Leadership Academy ist ein Trainingsprogramm mit dem Ziel, Führungskompetenzen von Wissenschaftler*innen zu stärken. Die Fellows reflektieren ihre Karrierestrategie und entwickeln ein besseres Verständnis für den eigenen Führungsstil. Sie erproben Tools, die sie im Forschungsalltag, aber auch perspektivisch in Führungsrollen in anderen Sektoren anwenden können. In zwei Präsenzmodulen in Berlin & Heidelberg verbindet die Academy Selbstreflexion, interaktive Gruppenworkshops und Fallstudien mit individuellem Mentoring und einen Netzwerkaufbau in allen Sektoren.

Bewerbungsschluss ist der 23. April 2024 – alle weiteren Informationen zum Programm finden Sie hier.



Workshops at BUA Postdoc School, Humboldt Graduate School & Charité Graduate Studies Support


These offers are available for postdocs of the BUA (FU, TU, HU & Charité).


Publishing and Peer Review (natural and life sciences, medicine, engineering, computer science)

Open to all Postdocs within the Berlin University Alliance

Trainer: Dr. Martina Michalikova

Date: 25.03.2024; 10:00–17:00

Target Group: Postdocs

Format: In-Person Workshop at Humboldt Graduate School

Language: English

Participation is free of charge


Exploring your career options in the German research and innovation system

April 12th, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, online

What makes the German research landscape tick? As a postdoc, you bring with you many qualifications that you can use for your career in science, but also in business or other institutions. Find out which option you want to pursue for your next career step and get ready for the working world 4.0!

Register here


Academia, Industry, and Beyond: Understanding the Postdoc in Germany and Exploring Potential Paths

Apr 16th, 2024, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Fraunhoferstraße 33-36, 10587 Berlin, FH 1005

This workshop is tailored for international researchers with PhDs aiming for or currently pursuing academic careers in Germany. It covers two main areas: Understanding the German Academic System and Career Paths Beyond Postdoc.

Register here 


Strukturierte Kompetenzanalyse: Das Portfolio des eigenen Könnens erkennen - aufbereiten- präsentieren

Karriereentwicklung in den Natur- und Lebenswissenschaften

Termin: 17. + 18. April 2024

Format: online

Sprache: Deutsch

Zielgruppe: BUA-Promovierende und -Postdocs

Anmeldung: beginnt ab 15.03.2024, 12 Uhr

Weitere Informationen


Arbeitswerkzeug Stimme - Kompaktworkshop für eine starke Stimme im wissenschaftlichen Berufsalltag als Postdoc

17. April 2024, 10:00-14:30, WBZ FU Berlin, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 13, 14195 Berlin, Raum 109

Insbesondere in der Postdoc-Phase ist die Etablierung der eigenen Forschung zentral. Die Stimme ist dabei das wichtigste Werkzeug um Inhalte klar und überzeugend darzustellen.



Feedback Resilience Workshop: Gaining back your wellbeing

April 19th, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, April 26th, 2024, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, May 3rd, 2024, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, online

Learn to navigate receiving and giving feedback in academia effectively and confidently. Participants will learn mindset, strategies, and tactics, to transform critical feedback into opportunities for growth.

Register here 


Academic Publishing for Postdocs: Strategy and Self-Marketing

April 23rd, 24th, 2024, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, online

This practice-oriented workshop develops the foundations of a successful academic publishing strategy for postdoc scholars. The participants will learn how to assess their research in the context of the scientific publishing market and develop a publication strategy in line with their individual career goals.

Register here 


Neue Wege für Postdocs: Profilbildung für den Arbeitsmarkt

25. & 26. April 2024, 09:00 - 16:30, ZEWK TU Berlin, Fraunhoferstraße 33-36, 10587 Berlin, R. FH 1005 und 21. & 25. Juni 2024, 09:00 - 12:00, online

Wussten Sie schon, dass im Mittel aller Fächer nur 2% der Promovierten eine Professur bekommen? Aber: Welche beruflichen Alternativen gibt es neben der Wissenschaft? Entwickeln Sie erst Ihr Profil – und finden dann einen Job, der zu Ihnen passt.



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