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Workshop Career Strategies for female Postdocs in Germany

In the frame of the ESF-funded Mentoring Programme for Female Postdoctoral Reaserchers, this year Viadrina Mentoring has the capacity to offer two Workshops to all female postdocs, who are linked to a university, a higher education institution or a non-university research institution in the State of Brandenburg.

  1. "Career Strategies for female Postdocs in Germany", 5.-7.09.2018, Berlin + an individual 60 min. coaching session in September / October 2018
  2. "Self presentation, Small Talk & Networking", 27.+28.09.2018, Frankfurt (Oder)

We have the pleasure to inform you, that the frist one will be conducted by Dr. Sabine Blackmore, PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophy, leader of "Gender- und Technik-Zentrum" der Beuth-Hochschule Berlin (center for gender and technique, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin).

Workshop: "Career Strategies for female Postdocs in Germany", 5.-7.09.2018, Berlin + individual 60 min. coaching session in September / Oktober 2018.
You would like to gain deeper insights into requirements, conditions, structures and proceedings in the German speaking scientific community? Then this workshop is for you!

Workshop contents:

Changing the scientific system during the qualification periods (e.g. PhD or PostDoc) can be challenging. The knowledge about cultural, formal, and legal standards and ways in the German
systems might be confusing. This workshop particularly aims at providing a detailed overview and introduction to the German landscape of higher education, its idiosyncrasies as well as its
various career options for female researchers.

Day 1: On the first day of the 2,5-day-workshop the general structure of the German system is explained followed by an exercise to locate the participants’ own position within it.

Day 2: The second day concentrates on the different types of professorships, application and appointment processes as well as formal requirements. The participants are introduced to specific programmes to promote women’s academic careers as well as to gender and diversity structures.

Day 3: The last day of the workshop extends its view to non-university research institutions plus career options in science and university management.

The workshop is accompanied by one-on-one coaching sessions, which are subject to individual appointments with Mrs. Blackmore.

Conduct: Dr. Sabine Blackmore

Date:  5.-7. September 2018;

Sept. 5th: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sept. 6th: 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Sept. 7th: 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

+ one an individual appointment for a 60 min. coaching session with Mrs. Blackmore in September / Oktober 2018.

Place: Berlin

Language: English

Participation requirements: The workshop is aimed at female postdoctoral researchers, female heads junior research groups, female junior professors and female doctoral researchers in the final stage of their PhD of all science disciplines. Precondition is the membership of a university, of a higher education institutin or of a non-university research institution in the State of Brandenburg.

Registration: For both workshops, the number of participants is limited. We therefor request binding registration via e-mail to until August 26th. We would like to make participation possible to as many researchers as possible. If you wold like to take part in both workshops, please let us know which one you prefer. In the other workshop you can take part if there will be free places available after the registration deadline. Registrations will be processed in the order that they are received. Please submit:

  1. your full name
  2. position
  3. proof of your link to a research insitution / university / institution of higher aducation in the State of Brandenburg, for example: a confirmation letter by your institution; a link to an official website of your institution that displays your position and function; an enrolement certificate
  4. preference, in case you´d like to register for both workshops.