Make new contacts
Networking is key for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Interdisciplinary and subject-specific networks are just as useful as social ones, and one often leads to the other. We offer plenty of networking opportunities at FAU.
Networking events of the Graduate Center
Postdoc MeetUp: Regular meeting for postdocs, junior group leaders and assistant professors (W1)
Are you postdoc, junior group leader or assistant professor (W1) at FAU in Erlangen-Nuremberg? You wish to get to know your peers and build up your local research and supporting network? Then our Postdoc MeetUp is the right place for you! Spend an entertaining evening in relaxed atmosphere with a drink or something to eat and exchange ideas with young researchers from all over the world.
We meet once per month, on every last Wednesday of the month, at 5 pm. Please send a short email to email@example.com if you wish to join. We will be happy to meet you all there!
Networking events and programmes at FAU
The FAUariadnementoring programmes are aimed at talented and motivated women who are interested in pursuing an academic career. Participants are allocated a suitable mentor, have access to many professional networking opportunities and are able to take part in a variety of events.
Meet-ups for doctoral candidates, mailing lists and student initiatives for specific subjects at FAU
- Mailingliste Stuve-politik-news
English, American and Anglophone Studies
- Contact: Melissa Sarikaya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you know of any other meet-ups that are not listed here? Please let us know so we can add them to the list.
Interdisciplinary meet-ups for doctoral candidates
Newcomers' Club at FAU's Faculty of Medicine
Are you a guest researcher or have you recently joined FAU or Universitätsklinikum Erlangen? Have you moved to the region with your partner? Would you like to get to know the region better and make contacts? Or perhaps you have been living here for a while and would like to help newcomers settle in? Then the Newcomers’ Club at FAU’s Faculty of Medicine is perfect for you.
FAU career talks – alternative career paths with a doctoral degree
The career talks on alternative career paths with a doctoral degree which are organised by Alumni Management, the Career Service and the Graduate Centre at FAU are held once or twice a year. You can find the date of the next talk on Young Academics at FAU, the Graduate Centre’s blog, and you can register for the event free of charge.
The speakers, who are all FAU alumni, explain the paths they have taken in careers outside of academia. They are very diverse and often unexpected. The talks are an interesting opportunity for doctoral candidates to learn about the wide range of different professions discussed. They also provide a chance to benefit from the alumni’s experience of topics such as applications, balancing an academic career with family life, and the importance of a doctoral degree for a career in industry. After the presentations there is an opportunity for doctoral candidates to talk to the alumni over a drink and a snack.
Erlangen-Nürnberg branch of Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)
National and international networks for doctoral candidates
There are a range of national and international networks that can help you make and maintain contacts, and can be useful if you have questions related to your doctoral degree or your subject.
Network for international doctoral candidates
Scholars at Risk Network
FAU has been a member of the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) since the beginning of 2015. The network supports researchers who are put under political pressure, threatened or persecuted because of their research. Further information is available on the SAR websites.
Social activities programme for international doctoral candidates at FAU
Are you a guest researcher or have you recently joined FAU or Universitätsklinikum Erlangen? Have you moved to the region with your partner? Would you like to get to know the region better and make contacts? Or perhaps you have been living here for a while and would like to help newcomers settle in? You are welcome to join the Newcomers’ Club at FAU’s Faculty of Medicine
Networks supporting young researchers
The German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT) is a network of currently 51 members who share a commitment to encouraging young researchers at their universities. UniWiND is dedicated to ensuring that doctoral candidates and scientists just starting out on their postdoctoral research enjoy the best possible training from the outset, giving them the best possible opportunities for future careers either at a university or another institution. FAU is a member of UniWiND, which offers doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers the option of attending a wide range of events at reduced rates for members.
The ‘Arbeitskreis Nachwuchsförderung an bayerischen Universitäten’ (Working Group for Encouraging Young Talent at Bavarian Universities) (BayAK) is made up of representatives from central institutes responsible for graduates at Bavarian universities. The purpose of the working group is to provide networking opportunities and the chance to regularly discuss topics of relevance to young researchers. In addition, the working group hopes to boost the professionalism of research management, in particular as far as encouraging young researchers is concerned.