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News #14 // Workshop Networking / Dissertations Department / Semester Ticket / DRS Course Program / Research Prize




Short Workshop on Networking // Dec 2020

The Graduate Center is planning a short workshop for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers on the topic of "Networking" at the beginning of December.

For a better planning I would like to ask for the demand on this topic. A more detailed description of the possible contents can be found in the attached document (in German and English).

Please let me know by 20 May whether you are interested in this workshop and in which language (German/English) you prefer the workshop.

This expression of interest is not a binding registration.


Dissertations Department at the University Library (Hochschulschriftenstelle)

The Dissertations Department was actually planned as a guest at our info event for doctoral researchers of the BCP Dept., which unfortunately had to be cancelled. Therefore, I would like to use this newsletter to inform you about the Dissertations Department and provide you with some interesting information about the publication of your thesis at FU Berlin.

Please find attached to this email some general notes for the submission of theses to the Dissertations Department and some FAQs. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Dissertations Department: hsstelle@ub.fu-berlin.de


Extended validity of the semester ticket // 31 May

The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) will continue to accept the VBB semester tickets for the winter semester 2019/20, which expire on March 31, 2020, as a valid ticket for use of the public transportation system. This applies to the period through May 31, 2020, for now. The semester ticket holder must also carry with them and be able to present a certificate of enrollment for the summer semester 2020.

More information:



DRS: new courses available - booking starts May 05

Dear doctoral and postdoctoral researchers,

the second round of courses will be available for booking starting May 5, at 12:00 noon. They will cover the areas of research integrity, funding and self and time management (among others). A preview is already available on our course booking platform (www.drs.fu-berlin.de).

If you intend to book a course please make sure that you have confirmed your status as a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher at a member institution of the Berlin University Alliance and that you have a sufficient time budget (see our terms and conditions for details: www.drs.fu-berlin.de/node/443).

Once logged in, you can check your available budget at https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user_activity_tree/all (menu item “My progress”). If no personal limit is indicated please check that you have confirmed your membership status at https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/membership-details (menu item “Membership”). Update your status if it is currently marked as “unsubmitted”.

If neither a personal limit nor a membership status are indicated or you have any other questions, please contact us at support@drs.fu-berlin.de. Please check your budget and status early (e.g. right now) so that you will be able to start booking without delay.

Best wishes and take care,

Your DRS Team


Peter und Traudl Engelhorn-Stiftung/Foundation Supporting Life Sciences: Call for Proposals - Research Prize 2021 // Deadline: 31 July

Topic “From Basic Research on Bio-Molecules to Cells and Cell-Systems also Highlighting Potential for Medical Perspectives”

Eligibility Requirements: The Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation for the advancement of Life Sciences invites high potential young scientists to apply for the Research Prize 2021. Applicants not older than 35 years, living/working in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, distinguished by their outstanding scientific achievements in Life Sciences (bio-informatics, systems biology, molecular biology, genetics, proteomics, biochemistry, biophysics, cell-biology, microbiology, biotechnology) dedicated to Life Sciences and manifested by appropriate publications are welcome. Deadline of application is July 31st, 2020.

More information: https://engelhorn-stiftung.de/index.php/ausschreibung-2021.php