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The Day for Young Scientists

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.

This year's Day for Young Scientists takes place on Thursday, 9th November 2017. Save the date.

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Masterstudierende der höheren Semester, Promovierende und Postdocs der TU Chemnitz sind dazu eingeladen, Ihre Forschung im Rahmen des „Science Slams für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen“ vorzustellen.

Sie sind aufgefordert, Ihre Forschung in einem zehn-minütigen, unterhaltsamen Kurzvortrag am Vorabend des „Tages des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses“ darzubieten. Neben einer klassischen PowerPoint- oder Prezi-Präsentation dürfen Hilfsmittel und Requisiten explizit genutzt werden. Ziel ist es, wissenschaftliche Zusammenhänge und Anwendungen kurzweilig als auch pointiert für Fachfremde verständlich zu machen. Das Publikum soll begeistert und neugierig gemacht werden!

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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.

Opening and welcoming speech: Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers & director of the Centre for Young Scientists
Opening and welcoming speech: Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers & director of the Centre for Young Scientists

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.

Presentation  „How to Write a World Class Paper" Prof. Dr. Michael Schreiber
Presentation „How to Write a World Class Paper" Prof. Dr. Michael Schreiber
Presentation of the doctoral process: Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann
Presentation of the doctoral process: Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann
Options for financing a doctorate: Antje Pfeifer
Options for financing a doctorate: Antje Pfeifer

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.

An insight into everyday research at TU Chemnitz: Doctoral student Alexandra Cook, Faculty for Behavioral and Social Science
An insight into everyday research at TU Chemnitz: Doctoral student Alexandra Cook, Faculty for Behavioral and Social Science

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.

Get-together
Get-together
Information material about doctoral programs and funding possibilities
Information material about doctoral programs and funding possibilities
Poster presentation of the faculties of TU Chemnitz
Poster presentation of the faculties of TU Chemnitz

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.

Supporting young scientists: Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society
Supporting young scientists: Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society

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.

 

„Promotion of Young Scientists“: Doctoral student Martin Gozdzik
„Promotion of Young Scientists“: Doctoral student Martin Gozdzik
„Promotion of Young Scientists“: Dr. Florian Speck (TU Chemnitz) in discussion with doctoral student Clemence Vernier
„Promotion of Young Scientists“: Dr. Florian Speck (TU Chemnitz) in discussion with doctoral student Clemence Vernier
„Promotion of Young Scientists“: An insight into the economy and the daily research of doctoral students working in companies.
„Promotion of Young Scientists“: An insight into the economy and the daily research of doctoral students working in companies.

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.

Moderator Science Slam: Antonin Fischer
Moderator Science Slam: Antonin Fischer
Candidate Science Slam: Sebastian Weise
Candidate Science Slam: Sebastian Weise
1<sup>st</sup> place presentation by Dr. Freddy Sichting
1st place presentation by Dr. Freddy Sichting
2<sup>nd</sup> place: Ibrahim Ali
2nd place: Ibrahim Ali
Candidate Science Slam: Dr. Holger Langenau
Candidate Science Slam: Dr. Holger Langenau
Applause from the audience for all participants
Applause from the audience for all participants

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)

Review 2015

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 speakers answered the queries of the young academics
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / The speakers answered the queries of the young academics.

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.

After her presentation Prof. Dr Brigitte M. Jockusch answered questions of the audience
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / After her presentation Prof. Dr Brigitte M. Jockusch answered questions of the audience
Direct exchange with the speakers between the presentations of between the presentations of picture - Prof. Dr. Guntram Wagner)
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / Direct exchange with the speakers between the presentations of between the presentations of picture - Prof. Dr. Guntram Wagner)
The format of the event provided an adequate framework for the questions of PhD students and interested persons doing a doctorate
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / The format of the event provided an adequate framework for the questions of PhD students and interested persons doing a doctorate
After the break Dr. Wolfgang Leidholdt gave insights into his academic career with numerous exhibits
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / After the break Dr. Wolfgang Leidholdt gave insights into his academic career with numerous exhibits
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampke, Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Leidholdt and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang (left to right) in a conversation
FOTO: Anne Fritzsch / Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampke, Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Leidholdt and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang (left to right) in a conversation
Information boards by the faculties gave insights into the main research topics at TU Chemnitz
PHOTO: Anne Fritzsch / Information boards by the faculties gave insights into the main research topics at TU Chemnitz

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.

Forum on funding opportunities and financial options for PhDs, and prospective doctoral candidates<
Forum on funding opportunities and financial options for PhDs, and prospective doctoral candidates
Welcoming Speech by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists
Welcoming Speech by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Scientists
Panel Discussion on alternatives to an academic career
Panel Discussion on alternatives to an academic career

The event was accompanied by the exhibition “Doing a doctorate in the past and these days”. This exhibition referred to contemporary witnesses and showed impressions of doctorates at TU Chemnitz from 1961 until today.

Tag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses 2014 - Ausstellung
Tag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses 2014 - Kuchen
Tag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses 2014 - Pause

The second Day for Young Scientists already started on the eve of 25 September at “Altes Heizhaus” with a Science Slam and the ceremony awarding the photo competition “Me and my doctoral thesis”. The winner of the Science Slam presented complex academic issues in a comprehensible manner to the audience.

Award ceremony of the photo competition
Award ceremony of the photo competition
Sciene Slam
Sciene Slam
Andrej-Kogan - jazz quartet
Andrej-Kogan - jazz quartet

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.

1<sup>st</sup> place: Ariane Bartkoswki - History vs. Hysteria
1st place: Ariane Bartkowski
'History vs. Hysteria'
2<sup>nd</sup> place: Sebastian Weise - The big throw
2nd place: Sebastian Weise
'The big throw'
3<sup>rd</sup> place: Stefan Löhr - Burning money of closed fonds
3rd place: Stefan Löhr
'Burning money of closed fonds'

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.

Workshops, Vorträ und Diskussionen: Workshop
Workshops, Vorträ und Diskussionen: Präsentation
Workshops, Vorträ und Diskussionen: Infostand

 

Exhibition 'Doing a doctorate in the past and these days'

Exhibition

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.

Our awardees

 

1<sup>st</sup> place: Felix Erler - Interview partner for Doctoral thesis wanted
1st place: Felix Erler
'Interview partner for Doctoral thesis wanted'
2<sup>nd</sup> place: Qinghai Shi - Me and my cable diagnose
2nd place: Qinghai Shi
'Me and my cable diagnose'
3<sup>rd</sup> place: Sebastian Weise - Dead end road
3rd place: Sebastian Weise
'Dead end road'

Get-together with the Andrej Kogan Jazz quartet Chemnitz

Get-together
Get-together
Get-together

We thank all who have contributed to a successful premiere through his/her participation and organisation.

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang
Annett Schädlich   Dr. Daniela Menzel
Vice-Rector for
Research and Young Scientists
Head of
Forschungsakademie
Project Manager
Kompetenzschule

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