Networks

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 and programmes at FAU

The ARIADNE mentoring 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.

Further information

Applied mathematics

Life sciences

Geography

Political Science

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.

Would you like to meet to discuss your research, share experiences or just have a talk with other people who are on the same wavelength? You are very welcome to come and join in the Stammtisch organised by Dr. Nadia Müller-Voggel (FAU-NGL) and Dr. Elisabeth Bergherr (FAU-NGL). During these informal gatherings you can meet other researchers and have a chat about various different topics.

Due to the current situation, meetings are currently being held online. As soon as circumstances allow, however, the meetings will be held face to face in a relaxed atmosphere. Please contact Dr. Müller-Voggel by e-mail for further details.

Interdisciplinary meet-ups for doctoral candidates

Under the motto of ‘Networking for hungry researchers’, FAU regularly invites doctoral candidates to attend brown bag breaks at the faculties including presentations on academic career planning and speed-networking opportunities. They are a great opportunity to form networks beyond the horizons of your research project. Use the opportunity to get in touch with young researchers from other countries and share ideas beyond subject and national borders.

The events are part of FAU’s research alumni programme and are managed by M1 – Office of Marketing (Alumni Management) and Office of Research Strategy in co-operation with the faculties.

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.

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.

THESIS e.V. is Germany’s only national interdisciplinary network for all those who are pursuing an academic career.

It is a network of over 600 doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers which organises a wide range of activities.

Contact: Atilla Karabag

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.

  • THESIS e.V. – interdisciplinary network for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers
  • KISSWIN – information and consulting for academic careers
  • EURODOC – European Council of Doctoral Candidates
  • ResearchGATE – scientific network

Network for international doctoral candidates

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 FAU’s Integra and SAR websites.

Under the motto of ‘Networking for hungry researchers’, FAU regularly invites doctoral candidates to attend brown bag breaks at the faculties including presentations on academic career planning and speed-networking opportunities. They are a great opportunity to form networks beyond the horizons of your research project. Use the opportunity to get in touch with young researchers from other countries and share ideas beyond subject and national borders.

The events are part of FAU’s research alumni programme and are managed by M1 – Office of Marketing (Alumni Management) and F3 – Office of Research Strategy in co-operation with the faculties.

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.