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Kick-off Meeting of the Leibniz Postdoc Network

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Kick-Off Meeting des Leibniz Postdoc Networks Team 2017

A total of 57 postdoctoral scientists, coming from 45 different Leibniz Institutes, met on 26th and 27th October  at the Lung Research Center of the Leibniz Association (FZB) in Borstel, to officially launch the Leibniz Postdoc Network and establish its structure. Next to the postdoctoral scientists, representing all five sections of the Leibniz Association, Dr. Liz Elvidge of the Postdoc Fellows Development Center at the Imperial College London and Dr. Sabine Müller, Scientific Assistant Career Development in the Leibniz Association, attended the event.

Since good networking and exchange of experience are crucial in this state of their career, the Postdoc Network aims to support young researchers. Founded at the FZB in 2015, the Postdoc Initiative is now being expanded with the goal to establish a nationwide network of all Postdoc Representatives in the Leibniz Association.

At the Kick-off meeting in October the spokesmen and section officers were elected. Among them, Dr. Ingo Zasada of ZALF, who, together with Dr. Claudia Frauen of IOW, is going to be the spokesman of the section E.

Furthermore six workgroups were formed, covering the following topics:

  • Career Development of Leibniz Postdocs
  • Structure and Mission of the Network
  • Founding and Maintenance of Postdoc Initiatives
  • Communication and Networking
  • Event Organization
  • Future Perspectives

The following goals were specified:

  • To establish a communications platform between Leibniz and its associated postdocs,
  • to enable a central career development for Leibniz Postdocs in the shape of annual career retreats,
  • to promote the interdisciplinary exchange between Postdocs and thereby between the different institutes, and
  • to bring together Leibniz Postdocs on the annual meetings to discuss global challenges, such as air pollution, digitalization or antibiotic resistance, and taking advantage of the interdisciplinarity to develop possible solutions.

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