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Postdoc Club

Warm invitation to the next meeting on February 21, 2019 with the documentary film ("Among Men - Gay in East Germany") and a film talk at the Institute of Biology (Talstrasse 33) as well as the subsequent  ̒Chat and Dine ̓ in the restaurant "Bayerischer Bahnhof"! Further information can be found on the current flyer here.

The 2018 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 was on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Currently, further dates for the year 2019 are being planned. More details will be announced here, via our newsletter and the Facebook group "Postdocs in Leipzig". If you have any suggestions or wish to shape the Postdoc-Club-Meetings yourself, please let us know via email to!

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.