14 November 2017
“2 Presentation Slides, 3 Questions, 4 Minutes” – Following this maxim, the 15 winning 2-person teams of this year’s Pre-Doc Award introduced themselves, their topics, and their project plans at the kick-off event held on 14 November 2017 at ‘Villa Tillmans’.
The winners courageously met the challenge of providing a precise and exact synthesis of the most salient points of their research projects. The projects that they described were representative of the diverse research currently being conducted at Leipzig University, a fact acknowledged by both Chancellor Birgit Dräger and Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics Erich Schröger in their introductory remarks. After an explanation of the support given to young academics at the university, the winning teams answered questions about the award, research funding, and the research support office. Dr Nicole Koburger (responsible for academic staff development at the Research Academy) acted as event moderator, stimuulating the exchange of ideas and networking possibilities among the participants.
The Pre-Doc Award, offered for the first time in 2017/2018 by Leipzig University, affords graduate students, who have excellent academic records and are interested in pursuing doctoral studies, the opportunity to develop a doctoral project while receiving intensive support from a postdoc.
Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics Erich Schröger and Managing Director of the Research Academy Rudolf Rübsamen underscored the crucial role of the Pre-Doc Award in advancing the next generation of researchers. Dr Schröger explained, “As one of the first measures stemming from the university’s new concept of staff development, we have initiated the Pre-Doc Award to facilitate a rapid transition from university master programmes to doctoral studies, while at the same time advancing our postdocs.” Dr Rübsamen stressed, “Like our workshops on core skills, this programme provides young researchers another opportunity to get to know each other and to network across disciplinary boundaries.”
The 15 two-person teams will now have until June 2018 to secure third-party funding for the doctoral project. The teams will give presentations on their project’s progress at a colloquium in spring 2018.