In summer 2018, the wish for networking and interdisciplinary exchange among the postdocs was communicated during an exchange meeting with a smaller group of Leipzig University postdocs. Suggestions included research-oriented meetings, like a Postdoc Journal Club as well as informal gatherings such as a quarterly Postdoc Club.
The newly instated Postdoc Club is set to facilitate activities „from postdocs for postdocs“ and interdisciplinary as well as international exchange and networking. Furthermore, these get-togethers provide the opportunity to gain insight into Leipzig University (e.g. centers, buildings, research groups) in a way that otherwise would not be as easily accessible. The Postdoc Club aims to stimulate both, organizational and interdisciplinary increase in knowledge, as well as networking among its participants. As part of a welcoming culture, this format may also support integration of postdocs new in Leipzig.
The Postdoc-Club will meet quarterly. The first get-together of the Postdoc Club will take place on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Find the invitation flyer here. We will inform you as soon as possible about the dates planned for 2019. If you have any suggestions or wish to shape the Postdoc-Club-Meetings yourself by giving an insight into your research and/or institution or have other suggestions, please let us know via email to email@example.com!
Networking at the University
Until now postdoc groups at Leipzig University have barely been visible, due in no small part to a deficit in networking that also manifested as a lack of interest representation. There has also been the problem of defining who exactly qualifies as a postdoc.
The Research Academy would like to offer postdocs a platform for:
- Exchanging experiences about pursuing an academic career,
- Promoting interdisciplinary projects
- Developing contacts with postdocs at non-university research institutes
- Building a stronger network with other scholars within the research profile areas of Leipzig University
To achieve this aim, we make available not only the necessary space for this exchange but also, if needed, financial resources. The Research Academy team will be happy to assist you.
In the framework of collegial consultation, the Research Academy offers the opportunity to meet regularly in a structured format in small, interdisciplinary groups. In these systematic consultation sessions, initially led by a coach, postdocs can discuss with colleagues career issues and key topics and develop common solutions.
Networking with other Postdocs in Leipzig
Get connected! Be part of the Facebook group "Postdocs in Leipzig" for informal exchange among postdocs of Leipzig University and other research institutions in Leipzig. There suggestions for workshop, qualifying events, posts about postdoc career options or interesting articles and more are posted. It is not a group to promote specialised scientific conferences or papers, but thought to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange and broader hints and topics. The group is international and the communication language is English.
Networking in the Scientific Community
Visibility and networking in the scientific community are essential factors for a successful career and require mutual support and a continuous exchange of information. In particular during the postdoc stage, networks allow one to achieve recognition, gain access to academic positions, and open up possibilities for cooperation and collaboration.
To assist in career building, the Research Academy offers, among other things, workshops on networking strategies and on communication and presentation techniques. Postdocs have the possibility of applying for financial grants for active conference participation and other networking activities through the postdoc programme and the programme Leibniz mobil. Specifically for female postdocs pursuing a professorship, we offer a mentoring programme as part of the University Partnership Halle – Jena – Leipzig.