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News #10 // FU holiday close-down / Workshop on Communication / eLearning Course / Erasmus+ / Charité PhDnet / Writing Challenge / Research Stays / Feedback




University-wide holiday close-down // 21 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Due to holidays and annual leave, all the offices and facilities of Freie Universitaet Berlin including the Doctorate Office at Dept. BCP will remain closed from 21 December 2019, through 5 January 2020.

As of Monday, 6 January 2020, work will resume as usual.

Deadlines will be extended automatically until 7 January, 2020.


Workshop "Communication and positioning – a workshop for female researchers" (offered by SFB 958 Integrated Research Training Group) // 22 - 23 Jan 2020 // Deadline: 20 Dec 2019

There are still some open places in the following workshop available.

Dear female scientists (doctoral or postdoctoral stage),

Attached you can find some information on a workshop on communication and positioning that will be held on Jan, 22 & 23, 2020.

To register, please contact Simone Schlender via simone.schlender@sfb958.de until latest Friday, Dec 20th!


22 - 23 January 2020, 9 am - 5 pm


The workshop deals with your own thought pattern, previous beneficial or destructive communication behavior and specific communication skills in order to be seen and heard more convincingly in everyday professional life and in challenging conversational situations ‐ for example in meetings, conferences or talks with PIs, supervisors, lab colleagues,…

It is also about improving your own visibility. The female participants learn to better understand thought and behavior patterns (from others and their own).


eLearning course “Good Academic Practice”

In cooperation with GRADE, the Research Academy for Early Career Researchers at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, DRS offers the option to participate in the eLearning course “Good Academic Practice”.

“How should research results be documented? What is the right way to cite? How does one handle image sources?”

Answers to questions like these are provided in the eLearning course “Good Academic Practice”. Five modules are available, containing comprehensive information, tests to check the knowledge gained as well as supplementary information material. Doctoral researchers in DRS Programs should contact their coordinator to get access details. Individual doctoral researchers may contact Dahlem Research School to get access. Please note: the name used for registration will automatically appear on the certificate. You should therefore avoid using an alias for registration.

→ Online-Tool Good Academic Practice


Erasmus+ Studium Europa // Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

For enrolled (doctoral) students the FU Berlin offers the opportunity of taking part in an Erasmus+ exchange semester at a European partner university.

Further information can be found here: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/international/studium_ausland/erasmus/index.html

In the following database you will find the exchange possibilities for FU with further details: https://fuberlin.moveon4.de//publisher/2/deu

The respective Erasmus departmental coordinators can be found here: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/studium-lehre/verwaltung/erasmus_beauftragte/index.html


PhD student Network @ Charité

Dear PhD Students at the Charité,

We are a self-funded student initiative founded in 2018 by graduate students for graduate students. We aim to create and establish a network for better communication and interaction between PhD students at the Charité, foster scientific exchange and find solutions for the challenges that emerge while being a graduate student.

What we do

We organize monthly meetings including talks with relevant topics for graduate students, such as work conditions, financial instability and personal matters, etc. followed by drinks and snacks.

Follow us

Follow us on social media or send us an email if you would like to join our meetings and/or be part of the organizing committee!




We are looking forward to meet you!


The Charité PhDnet team


Coachingzonen Wissenschaft: Online Writing Challenge // 6 – 17 Jan 2020

Starting on 6 January, Coachingzonen Wissenschaft offers an online writing challenge for doctoral researchers (in German). For two weeks you will receive a challenge a day and exchange with other researchers.


University Alliance for Sustainability: Research Stays // Deadline: 19 Jan 2020

Freie Universitaet offers research stays for 2020 at one of the four partner institutions: Peking University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of British Columbia or St. Petersburg State University. For further information see: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/uas/mobility-program/funding/index.html


Feedback concerning the Networking Day of Dept. BCP

On Monday, 2 Dec, the Networking Day of the Department BCP took place.

If you attended this event and would like to give some constructive feedback, please send me an email with the following:

  • What did you like most?
  • What are you suggestions for improvement?
  • Did the event support networking?