The Day for Young Scientists
Led by the Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists, Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, the Centre for Young Scientists organizes the annual "Day for Young Scientists". The yearly event aims is to shape a culture and identity of young academics. More details are given in the reviews of previous events.
The last Day for Young Scientists took place on 15 November 2018.
"You have to be passionate about your research topic."
For the sixth time, the Centre for Young Scientists invited all persons interested - from Master's students to supervisors - to inform oneself and exchange views on academic career paths. More than 85 participants joined this year’s Day for Young Scientists and attended informative lectures, field reports or they took the possibility to get directly in touch with the representatives of the faculties.
For many participants, the anchored discussion “Young Scientists get the floor” was one of the highlights of the event. During this discussion, young scientists - doctoral candidates and postdocs from different faculties - had their say. .
Various aspects, such as the decision for the doctorate, the handling of crises but also the joy of research itself were discussed. The speakers shared their experiences and gave the audience advice on the doctorate. Dr. Ailyn Stötzner of the Faculty of Mathematics suggested that not everything has to be done on one's own and that doctoral candidates should use the expertise of their supervisors. Felix Petzke, doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, recommended to seize impulses from the outside - whether those of colleagues during coffee breaks, during colloquia or at conferences. Dr.André Matthes of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering encouraged the participants to take their time to search for a research topic in order to make sure to identify the topic they are really interested in. In addition, Andrea Preuß of the Faculty of Natural Science shared her experience with scholarships and Claas Pollmanns of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences brought his personal views on a structured doctorate into the conversation. The discussion was anchored by Dr. Michael Partmann, Assistant to the president of Chemnitz University of Technology.
The fact that enthusiasm for the research topic and scientific work is fundamental for a doctorate was also confirmed by Prof. Dr. Frank-Lothar Kroll of the Faculty of Humanities and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wunderle of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. They presented the formal requirements for a doctorate with all its milestones. The presentation included specifics of humanities and social science as well as an engineering perspective. Prof. Dr. Wunderle emphasised that one’s personal motivation and being passionate about every aspect of the topic matter the most.
Afterwards, Antje Pfeifer from the Centre for Young Scientists presented financing possibilities for the doctorate.
At the same time, Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius from the Faculty of Humanities gave an insight in her academic career, which led her - as she said - via detours to her goal. She pointed out that there is not one ideal way. One could and should decide several times which way to go. One should always strive to become unique within its own discipline and to put this unique selling point in the focus of your career decisions. Prof. Glorius considers publishing, acquiring third-party funds, teaching, self-marketing and networking as basics of academic work.
Dr. Martin Böhringer, who completed his doctorate at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, reported on how accidentally the startup Staffbase arose from a failed research project. He advised the audience to never get too comfortable with one’s situation and not to lose contact with the outside world. Sometimes things should just be tackled and done - perfection not necessarily comes first. Failures should rather be seen as a new opportunity and one should strive to quickly overcome them. With his lecture, he encouraged the participants to admit their own mistakes and made clear that even seemingly wrong decisions can lead to the goal.
In the last presentation, Dr. Michael Melzer informed the participants about his personal career - from doctoral candidate to junior research group leader at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. He also gave the audience insights into the promotion of young talents within the Leibniz Association. As one example, he presented the competition The best minds, which offers - in addition to the programme for Leibniz Junior Research Groups - funding for outstanding female junior researchers – the so-called Programme for Women Professors.
One aspect all the speakers agreed on: one has to work passionately on the doctorate, enjoy scientific work and academic exchange and has to be dedicated to one’s topic!
Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers, who led through the programme, said afterwards: "I am pleased that so many Master students showed interest in the topic of doctorate at the Chemnitz University of Technology." The participants in this year's Day of Young Scientists appreciated the diverse perspectives on the doctorate, the wide range of presented topics and were inspired by the enthusiasm of the speakers.
We thank all the speakers, moderators, representatives of the faculties and all the helpers for their time and dedication, thanks to which we were able to successfully organise the event.
(Author: Antje Pfeifer, Translation: Lea Müllenbach, Pictures: Anja Huber and Lea Müllenbach)
Doctorate, research and the promotion of young scientists
On Thursday, 2 November 2017, numerous doctoral candidates, interested students, postdocs as well as professors assembled on the campus “Straße der Nationen” in order to participate in the 5 Day for Young Scientists. During this afternoon, everything revolved arount the doctorate, research and the promotion of young academics.
The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Young Scientists and Director of the Centre for Young Scientist. After a short welcome and an introduction to the agenda Dr.-Ing. Jens Teuscher (Commissioner of the University Management for Young Scientists) continued. The young scientist introduced himself and his function as a link between young academics and University Management.
Afterwards young scientists of Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz) gave insights into their doctorate. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mario Geißler from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Dr.-Ing. Jens Teuscher from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Dr. Marcus Korb from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Michael Mika from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Nadine Rauh from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences were part of the panel.
For Jun.-Prof. Geißler and Nadine Rauh, the main motivation for the doctorate was the joy of doing research and academic work. Dr. Jens Teuscher pointed out the importance of additional experiences that may come with a doctorate: The first working experiences in teaching and projects, participation in conferences and the development of key competences. Furthermore, the panel discussed how to handle setbacks during the doctorate. Dr. Marcus Korb emphasized, that based on his experiences, the exchange with colleagues and fellow PhDs as well as the participation in conferences gave him new ideas and impulses for his work and helped him overcome setbacks. But the most important – everyone agreed on – is not to give up. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Michael Partmann, Assistant to the University Management in University politics and University development.
Afterwards the former president of Fraunhofer Society, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, gave a speech entitled “Career step: Applied Sciences”. He introduced Fraunhofer Society and pointed out the career possibilities and target group-specific funding programmes for young scientists. For example, the career programme “step forward” supports the career planning of Fraunhofer´s staff that already acquired working experience. Fraunhofer Society is the biggest organisation for applied research in Europe. It serves as career-stepping stone in business and science. Prof. Bullinger’s advice to the audience was that the most important step of a dissertation is to start with it.
After the first session, the approx. 90 participants were invited to a coffee break. A poster exhibition informed about the promotion possibilities at the faculties of TU Chemnitz.
The second session started with three presentations which took place at the same time and were orientated at the specific group interests. Prof. Dr. Dietrich R.T. Zahn from the Faculty of Natural Sciences focused on the typical process of a dissertation with its major milestones. Antje Pfeifer from the Centre for Young Scientists introduced different options how to finance the doctorate.
Anja Ruhland, M.A. from the Federal Government’s "Research and Innovation" central funding-advisory centre was responsible of the second presentation concerning the funding possibilities for research and development projects by the Federal Government. She presented the programmes “VIP+” and “KMU-innovativ” and marked the most important steps from the project idea to the finalised proposal.
Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Georgeta Salvan from the Faculty of Natural Sciences introduced during her presentation „The life after PhD: an ongoing experiment” her individual career steps before, during and after the doctorate.
As last year, the Day for Young Scientist ended with a Science Slam. Three doctoral candidates and one postdoc battled each other. Christian Militzer from the Faculty of Natural Sciences explained in his talk how to cover spaghetti to a maximum with tomato sauce and why this is important to him as a scientist. Annett Schmieder from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering gave insights into the life of a fibre rope and the problem of split ends. Apoorva Sharma from the Faculty of Natural Sciences explained which impact spintronic have on a draft beer. After all, Dr. Holger Langenau from the Faculty of Mathematics presented how a hardhard problem can be solved with the help of square chocolates.
The audience decided who should win. All four candidates received great applause
for their presentations but ultimately Christian Militzer emerged as winner of the
Dr. Holger Langenau was second and Apoorva Sharma third. We would like to thank “Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Chemnitz e.V”. Only through their generous support we were able to present attractive prizes to the winners.
After the closing by Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann the official part of this year's Day for Young Scientists ended. There were still plenty of opportunities to exchange views during the reception. Remaining outstanding questions about the doctorate were answered by six representatives of the faculties.
The Centre for Young Scientists thanks all the speakers, moderators, participants of the Science Slam, as well as helpers involved in the event for their support.
(Author: Antje Pfeifer, Translation: Lea Müllenbach, Pictures: Anja Huber and Lea Müllenbach)
A DAY FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
On 19 November 2016 the Day for Young Scientists took place for the fourth time at the TU Chemnitz. The Centre for Young Scientists (ZfwN) organized the event and invited doctoral students as well as professors, postdocs and interested students in general to a joint afternoon revolving around the topic of completing a doctorate.
Overall 120 interested people including professors and juniorprofessors, students, postdocs, doctoral students and staff from all faculties came to hear a number of informative and professional presentations.
Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann opened the event at 2pm by welcoming the guests in the full auditorium N113 on the campus Reichenhainer Straße. He also introduced himself as the new director of the Center for Young Scientists and used the opportunity to thank his predecessor Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, who had prepared significant parts of the program for the day. Afterwards he explained the topics of the day by walking the audience through the items on the agenda.
The first presentation was held by Prof. Dr. Michael Schreiber, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professorship of Theoretical Physics III - Theory of Disordered Systems. The title was „How to Write a World Class Paper“. He opened by saying that he would answer that question indefinitely. He furthermore offered a multitude of helpful tips and experience in academic writing.
The following two presentations aimed mainly at parties interested in starting a doctoral thesis. Professor Ihlemann presented a possible timeline for a doctoral process including its important milestones. Afterwards information about numerous financing models were presented. In this part Antje Pfeifer, employee of the ZfwN and project coordinator for InProTUC explained a variety of options.
The next part focused on research done at TU Chemnitz. Alexandra Cook, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Science, Professorship of Organisational and Economic Psychology, held a 10 minute-presentation about her own doctoral thesis as well as the advantages of working at the university while getting a PhD. Her enthusiasm was quit noticeable for the audience. Consequently, she closed on the take-home-message: Love Your Research.
This first block of presentations was followed by a short coffee break where the guests had the chance to talk to the participants, take a look at information on display as well as take home brochures and learn about the PhD programs at specific faculties. Nearly all faculties of TU Chemnitz were represented one a poster.
The seconde half of the event had the theme „Promotion of Young Scientists“. It was a pleasure for the ZfwN to welcome Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl of the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society as a speaker. His presentation gave the audience an insight into his research as well as his philosophy about supporting his doctoral students. He pointed out that the doctoral process is an intensive time and an important station within a scientific career. He asks everybody to consider moving on after finishing the PhD and gain as much experience as possible. He puts a main focus on discipline, self- responsibility and time management. He said he urges his own doctoral students to finish their thesis in 3 to max. 4 years. Through constant personal conversations he motivates and supports them in this.
Afterwards Clemence Vernier, doctoral student at TU Chemnitz as well as employee at Robert Bosch GmbH, and Martin Gozdzik, also doctoral student as well as employee at Volkswagen AG told the audience about “Promotion of Young Scientists” from the perspective of doctoral students working at a company. Clemence Vernier saw the main advantages of this PhD model within the support the company offered to the doctoral community and the inclusion of her research topic in the company’s budget. Therefor she did not have to write requests for additional funding like she would have at a university.
Martin Gozdzik pointed out some advantages as well but also noted that the workload he faces as an employee does not leave enough room to work on his thesis on a daily bases.
He also said that his employer offered great chances of being taken on by the company when doctoral students successfully finished their PhD.
Dr. Florian Speck, Postdoc of TU Chemnitz and member of the advisory board for the ZfwN moderated this part of the event.
The event ended with a Science Slam. Four young scientists competed with one another using their research topics. The goal was to delight the audience with the own research topic presented in a 7-minute short presentation. Moderator Antonin Fischer, graduate of TU Chemnitz and passionate Poetry- and Science-Slam moderator, explained the rules and warmed up the audience. First candidate: Sebastian Weise, Faculty Mechanical Engineering. In his presentation he clearly conveyed what tribology is and where to find it – even in one’s bedroom. Second candidate: Dr. Freddy Sichting, Faculty for Behavioral and Social Science. He compared a symphony orchestra to a human foot in both acoustical and visual manner as well as what all of that had to do with Rainer Calmund. Third candidate: Ibrahim Ali, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. His core findings: Yes, aluminum in aircraft turbines can work! Fourth candidate: Dr. Holger Langenau, Faculty of Mathematics. His presentation lead to through numerous mathematical formulas. Even though the mystery of mathematical formulas remained for some of the audience members, the presentation was quite interesting.
All four presentations were met by enthusiastic applause. The trained ear of the moderator identified thereby the first two winners. 1st place Dr. Freddy Sichting, 2nd place: Ibrahim Ali. At this point, much appreciation is also due to the community of the friends of TU Chemnitz. Thanks to their support the first two winners got handed great prices for their work. For the first place it was a tablet by Samsung and for the second place a voucher for the bookstore Universitas.
The final reception was then used again to network and to get in contact with the participants, the speakers and other guests.
The ZfwN thanks all speakers, moderators, Science-Slam-participants and helpers for their active support. Through them this event was made possible to begin with.
The next event like this one is planned for november 2017.
(Text: Marita Sohre, graphs: Jule Burgenger)
On 19 November 2015 the Day for Young Scientists took place for the third time. The event addressed the topics of "Good scientific practice", "Structured doctorate" and "Best practice". Between the presentations of experts, the young scientists had various occasions for an exchange with the speakers and among one another.
The event carried out by the Centre for young Scientists (ZfwN) addressed PhD students, Postdocs and prospective doctoral candidates at TU Chemnitz, at Hochschule Mittweida and Zwickau. With this event, TU Chemnitz aims to form a culture and identity of the young scientists. Furthermore, it is the goal to increase the visibility of the group of junior scientists through measures across faculties and to contribute to the facilitation of a university-wide culture of postgraduates. The event delivered initial insights into the topic of doing a doctorate within an informal scope. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists as well as the director of the ZfwN, emphasized the considerable role of the young scientists for TU Chemnitz within his short welcoming speech: 'Technische Universität Chemnitz feels constrained for the advancement of young scientists through the establishment of optimal framework conditions. This is anchored in the extrapolation of the development plan of TU Chemnitz until 2025 respectively. The young scientists contribute to the success of research at TU Chemnitz and therefore they are of particular importance for the TU.'
The first section of topics was dedicated to the protection of good scientific practice. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Jockusch deployed by the Deutsche Forschergemeinschaft (DFG) in the committee of ombudsmen for science reported on the exposure to suspected cases of scientific misbehaviour. She referred to the basic principles of good scientific practice of DFG and appealed to the young scientists to comply with these principles in their daily work. Her presentation was complemented by the ombudsman of TU Chemnitz, Prof. Dr. Guntram Wagner, who presented the structures and the procedures at TU Chemnitz.
In the second part of the afternoon Dr. Wolfgang Leidholdt gave insights into the life and the career of a technocrat. Afterwards Prof. Dr. Bernadette Malinowski, dean of Faculty of Humanities, and Tina Horlitz, postgraduate in the subject of New German and Comparative Literary Studies, presented the progress of the workgroup "Structural doctorate". This workgroup started one year ago and has concentrated on designing formats and concepts for an implementation regarding to the structural doctorate at the Faculty of Humanities. Part of this is the establishment of a portal for PhD students, the elaboration of an agreement of supervision and last but not least the modification of the doctoral degree regulations which should enable the young scientists to select the path of the structural doctorate rather than the classical individual-related doctorate in the future. Prof. Malinowski presented the advantages of such a structural doctorate, which has been of great interest to the participants. Jeanette Hilger, master student of pedagogics with the core subject of learning culture, considers a PhD after completing her studies. She said: 'The presentation of Prof. Malinowski showed the advantages and disadvantages of a structural doctorate quite plainly and piqued my interest - especially as student at the Faculty of Humanities.'
After the presentations of the experts there has been time for some interesting conversations between the speakers and the participants of the event.
Review 25 and 26 September 2014
After the first Day for Young Scientists had received such a great echo, the second edition took place on 25 and 26 September 2014. About 60 doctoral students, postdocs, and also MSc-students took the opportunity to inform themselves during presentations, e.g. on career options of young scientists, on funding opportunities and financial options, on the academic career abroad and on alternatives to a career in higher education. Similar to the first Day for Young Scientists, the feedback of the participants was very positive. Especially, the variety of topics and information as well as the integration of other doctoral students i.e. in a panel discussion was notably commended. See the program of 2014 once again.
The event was accompanied by the exhibition â€œDoing a doctorate in the past and these daysâ€. This exhibition referred to contemporary witnesses and showed impressions of doctorates at TU Chemnitz from 1961 until today.
The second Day for Young Scientists already started on the eve of 25 September at â€œAltes Heizhausâ€ with a Science Slam and the ceremony awarding the photo competition â€œMe and my doctoral thesisâ€. The winner of the Science Slam presented complex academic issues in a comprehensible manner to the audience.
This year's submissions to the photo competition figuratively illustrated the great variety of research topics chosen by doctoral candidates as well as typical situations, in which doctoral students may find themselves.
The winner of the photo competition "Me and my doctoral thesis" - Ariane Bartkowski - with the picture "History vs. Hysteria" won a voucher worth 150 Euros, which was sponsored by Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Chemnitz and is redeemable at the book shop Universitas. We thank all participants of the photo competition and the Science Slam as well as all participants and contributors of the second Day for Young Scientists.
Review 26th September 2013
It was long-overdue to dedicate a special day to PhD students, postdocs and junior professors at TU Chemnitz and to recognize their accomplishment in teaching and research. It has always been and still is the intention to offer a wide range of relevant information to young academics and support them through qualification and consultation services. Finally, the aim is to sustainably shape a culture of the young academics at TU Chemnitz and to contribute to creating an identity. Under the management of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists, the 'Forschungsakademie', together with the project 'Kompetenzschule', organized the Day for Young Scientists on 26th September 2013 for the first time. The target audience was not only PhD students from TU Chemnitz, but also postdocs and postgraduates intending to take a doctoral degree. The concept was developed in cooperation with the university management and the deans of all faculties.
The ceremony of appreciation
The focus in the morning session was an appreciation of the research efforts of the academics who finished their doctorate at TU Chemnitz from January 2012 to June 2013. The Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists and the representatives of the faculties jointly performed the ceremonial appreciation. The ceremony was framed by three presentations of PhD students giving insights into their transdisciplinary research.
Sachsen-Fernsehen did not miss this academic highlight. You can read the full article here.
Workshops, presentations, discussions
PhD students, postdocs and prospective doctoral candidates had the opportunity to inform themselves during three workshops on the topic "A career in science and business", to participate in discussions or to get expert advice. Numerous information desks offered information on the training and consultation offers at TU Chemnitz, stimulated discussions and made new contacts possible.
Exhibition 'Doing a doctorate in the past and these days'
While visiting the exhibition, interested persons had the possibility to take a journey back to the beginnings of the right to confer doctorates at TU Chemnitz. Older and new doctoral theses were exhibited and visitors had the chance to compare older doctoral degree regulations with newer ones.
Photo competition 'Me and my doctoral thesis'
The aim of the competition was to gather creative photos and funny snapshots which tell personal and powerful stories of the own doctoral thesis. Several submissions have been received. The award ceremony of the photo competition as well as the opening of the photo exhibition, which were supplemented by a similar competition of the Leipzig Research Academy, took place in the late afternoon. We would like to thank Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Chemnitz for providing us with the prize money of 300 Euros in total. In the future, the photo competition should take place annually. In this way, the doctorate at TU Chemnitz is also connected to personal experiences, faces and stories. In order to create an identity and culture of graduation, the competition represents the variety of research topics.
Get-together with the Andrej Kogan Jazz quartet Chemnitz
We thank all who have contributed to a successful premiere through his/her participation and organisation.
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang
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