MNTF Graduate Center

The MNTF Graduate Center offers various kinds of support for the Ph.D. students (Praedocs) and scientific employees with Ph.D. (Postdocs) of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering (MNTF). Its activities are optional and not part of Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes. It is an MNTF-specific part of the university-wide Graduate Center.

 

New: Digicampus group MNTF-GZ (running continuously since summer semester 2022) - Ph.D. students and postdocs should register!
This is where activities are planned, polls are taken etc. - please participate!
(Please ask for help if for some reason you cannot register there.)
 

Note: In Digicampus there is a guide on how-to organize an MNTF-GZ event.

 

 

3rd Kickoff Event, May 27, 2024, 16:15, T-1004

Kickoff Event of the MNTF Graduate Center

Monday, May 27, 2024, 16:15, Lecture Hall T-1004, Physics Lecture Hall Building

 

All Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Institutes of

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Materials Resource Management

are cordially invited!

 

Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2. Overview of activities that can be supported by the MNTF Graduate Center
  3. Collection of suggestions for future activities
  4. Election of the Junior Board (3 Ph.D. students and 3 Postdocs, 1 each from each of the 3 institutes; also 1 spokesperson for each of the two groups)
  5. Summary and next steps

 

Important for Ph.D. students and Postdocs:

 

  • The MNTF Graduate Center has been active since April 2022 and many interesting events and courses have taken place (see below).
     
  • There is no fixed program for the MNTF Graduate Center, rather your participation and your ideas are absolutely necessary to devise activities that are useful for you.
     
  • At this 3rd Kickoff Event (see box on the left) the concept and possiple activities of the MNTF Graduate Center will be discussed.
     
  • If you have questions please contact the current Junior Board (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Hands-on Workshop: Scientific Image Editing and Figure Creation, June 24-25, 2024

An online two-day-workshop on "Scientific Image Editing and Figure Creation", with images referring to micrographs, will be held on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25, 2024, each day from 9:00 to 15:00.
Registration is at the link below. The course capacity is 15 participants, and places are distributed on a 'first come, first served' basis. If the course capacity is reached, feel free to register anyway; a waiting list will be maintained in case of last-minute cancellations.
(organized by Hana Bunzen)

Kalenderblatt mit Stift

3rd Research Data Seminar: Dr Evamaria Krause (UA), Workshop on Metadata & Repositories: Searching and Publishing Research Data, Friday, November 24, 2023, 12:30, *J-1105*

On Friday, November 24, 2023, 12:30, in J-1105 (WiWi building, diagonally across from central library) the "Workshop on Metadata & Repositories: Searching and Publishing Research Data" will take place, led by Dr Evamaria Krause (Teilbibliothek Medizin, U Augsburg), featuring the topics
1. FAIR Metadata for Research Data
2. Searching for Research Data
3. Publication and Licensing of Research Data

No registration is needed. It is recommended to bring your laptop or tablet.

The talk will be in three parts with two coffee/discussion breaks. There will be cake and coffee starting from 12:30.

(organized by Manuel Zahn, Christian Wiebeler, Marcus Kollar)

FAIR data principles

2nd Research Data Seminar: Dr Nikolay Garabedian (KIT), Friday, November 10, 2023, 12:30, *J-1101*

On Friday, November 10, 2023, 12:30, in J-1101 (WiWi building, diagonally across from central library) Dr Nikolay Garabedian (KIT Karlsruhe) will speak about "FAIR Data Collection in Experimental Sciences: Required Effort and Benefits". Abstract: "Digitalization in experimental sciences is a process that can be seen as a strategy for harnessing rich data sets with the aim of finding more efficient solutions for investigating scientific outputs. One road to achieving full digitalization in research and development goes through the adoption of the FAIR data principles. FAIR is an acronym that stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable data. Serially-produced FAIR data could be the key ingredient to enabling research results for scalable machine-learning-based analyses, and thus, it can potentially solve society’s greatest challenges. Rich, dynamic, and interoperable metadata are the foundation of any FAIR data infrastructure. However, there is hardly an established roadmap for the generation and curation of controlled vocabularies for scientific workflows. Therefore, for a few years now, our groups have been developing software solutions for the assembly of FAIR digital objects in research. In this presentation we will discuss available software, and explain why we had to develop our own. We will explore an end-to-end example of FAIR data collection, and finally discover some of the benefits of such an undertaking."

The talk will be in three parts with two coffee/discussion breaks. Bringing a laptop might be useful. There will be cake and coffee starting from 12:30.

(organized by Manuel Zahn, Christian Wiebeler, Marcus Kollar)

FAIR data principles

1st Retreat Meeting in Beilngries, November 2-4, 2023

The first Retreat Meeting for PhD students and Postdocs of MNTF will take place at the ABG Tagungshotel in Beilngries from November 2 to 4, 2023. This is an excellent opportunity to interact and learn from each other! The program will include workshops and lectures, networking and other activities. We look forward to your active participation and hope that together we can have a rewarding and interesting meeting. Two professional workshops will be offered at the Retreat Meeting: "Pitch Perfect: Short Presentations for Science" by Dr. Markus Gottschling and "Visualizing Science Projects" by Elisabeth Werner. The entire program (see picture below) will be in English.

(organized by Thomas Bratzdrum, Kevin Postler, Michéle Scholl, Katrin Bock)

Schedule Retreat Meeting

1st Research Data Seminar: Dr Jonas Graetz (FAU), Bootstrapping FAIR Data Management Workflows, Friday, October 27, 2023, 12:30, *J-1105*

On Friday, October 27, 2023, 12:30, in J-1105 (WiWi building, diagonally across from central library) Dr Jonas Graetz (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) will speak about "Bootstrapping FAIR Data Management Workflows". Afterwards we will discuss this topic as well as further activities in this MNTF-GZ Research Data seminar series. Bringing a laptop might be useful in case that we try out software. There will be cake and coffee starting from 12:30.

(organized by Manuel Zahn, Christian Wiebeler, Marcus Kollar)

FAIR data principles

SAVE THE DATE: Research Data Management seminar series on October 27, November 10, November 24, 2023, at 12:30

This seminar series on Research Data Management is intended for PhD students and Postdocs of MNTF. External speakers as well as university speakers will give overviews and practical introductions:

Friday, October 27, 12:30, J-1105:
Dr Jonas Graetz (FAU)
Bootstrapping FAIR Data Management Workflows

Friday, November 10, 12:30, J-1101:
Dr Nikolay Garabedian (KIT)
FAIR Data Collection in Experimental Sciences: Required Effort and Benefits

Friday, November 24, 12:30, J-1105:
Dr Evamaria Krause (UA)
Workshop on Metadata & Repositories: Searching and Publishing Research Data

Note that all sessions will take place in building J (WiWi).

(organized by Manuel Zahn, Christian Wiebeler, Marcus Kollar)

Kalenderblatt mit Stift

Interdisciplinary Workshop: Bridging the Divide, September 13-15, 2023

Bridging the worlds of condensed matter physics and biophysics, this workshop gathers experts from both fields and their intersection. With a focus on machine learning and numerical methodologies, it aims to inspire collaborative advances. The workshop provides a platform for insightful talks and engaging discussions in the fields of condensed matter physics and biophysics. Your participation and ideas will be appreciated.
The workshop takes place at the University of Augsburg from Wednesday to Friday, September 13 to 15, 2023, see details under the link listed below. Application for in-person participation is limited to members of the University of Augsburg and their collaborators, but the talks at the workshop will be video broadcast.
Invited speakers: Ricard Alert (MPIPKS Dresden), Marin Bukov (MPIPKS Dresden), Marcello Dalmonte (ICTP Trieste), Christoph Dellago (Universität Wien), Fernando Iemini (UFF Niterói Brazil), Zala Lenarcic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana), Hartmut Löwen (HHU Düsseldorf), Steffen Rulands (LMU München), Francesco Piazza (MPIPKS Dresden), Suropriya Saha (MPIDS Göttingen), Michael Schmiedeberg (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), Abhinav Sharma (Universität Augsburg), Holger Stark (TU Berlin).
(organized by Reyhaneh Khasseh, Susanne Liese, Christian Wiebeler)

Poster-quer

Talk and Discussion: Paths in Academia, with Prof. Xueping Zhao and Prof. Abhinav Sharma, Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 14:00, R-506

The talk and discussion panel on "Paths in Academia" with Prof. Xueping Zhao (U Nottingham, Ningbo, China) and Prof. Abhinav Sharma (U Augsburg) will focus on exploring diverse career trajectories within the academic world. The speakers shared their personal experiences and insights on their career paths. The audience is invited to ask questions and engage in a discussion about the ever-changing landscape of academia and the myriad career opportunities it presents.
(organized by Susanne Liese; supported by MNTF-GZ)

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Seminar Talk by Prof. Xueping Zhao (U Nottingham, Ningbo, China), Thursday, July 13th, 14:00, R-506

Title: Assembly of tight junction belts by surface condensation and actin elongation
Abstract: At the cell-cell contact site of the living cell membrane, Tight junctions form to seal tissues. Assembly of Tight junctions involves oligomerization of membrane receptors, surface binding, and phase separation of cytosolic scaffold proteins. Interestingly, this surface phase separation process occurs in the undersaturated cytosolic scaffold protein concentration. The underneath mechanism is not explored yet. Here we investigate why the surface phase separation happens at a concentration far below the saturation level and explore how the receptor controls the shape and spatial localization of tight junctions. We derive a thermodynamic theory for a three-dimensional cytosolic domain in the presence of a two-dimensional flat membrane. Protein molecules in the cytosolic domain can not only diffuse freely but also bind to the membrane, forming a membrane-bound layer. Combining the experiments and theory, we find that strong binding affinity facilitates the surface phase separation in the two-dimensional membrane at very low cytosolic concentration. Moreover, total receptor amount and oligomerization control the pattern of surface condensates in the membrane. Our work suggests that surface binding combined receptor oligomerization represents a versatile mechanism to control the formation of the protein-rich domain at intra-cellular surfaces.
(organized by Susanne Liese; supported by MNTF-GZ)

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11th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, July 6th, 2023, 17:30, T-2004

The eleventh MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, July 6th, 5:30pm, in T-2004. This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Xenia Kraus (physics) and Thomas Hirschmüller (mathematics) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There will be plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese and Frederic Wagner)

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10th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, June 15th, 2023, 17:30, T-2004

The tenth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, June 15th, 5:30pm, in T-2004. This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Matthias Blaschke (Physik) and Samuel Griza (MRM) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There will be plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese and Frederic Wagner)

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9th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, May 25th, 2023, 17:30, T-2004

The ninth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, May 25th, 5:30pm, in T-2004. This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Georg Frenck (mathematics) and Joél Schukraft (MRM) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There will be plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese and Frederic Wagner)

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(in other news:) Homepage of the university-wide Graduate Center; Kickoff event on June 13, 2023

The activities, structure, etc. of the university-wide Graduate Center can be found on its new homepage (see link below and follow up e.g. to "Weiterbildungsangebote", "Netzwerkveranstaltungen", "Newsletter", etc.).

The kickoff event of the Graduate Center takes place on Tuesday, June 13,2023, 18:00, building J, with talk and discussion on "Translational Medical Humanities: Connective and Transdisciplinary Scholarship for Global Challenges", followed by a get-together.

Vortrag im Hörsaal

Workshop "Leading when not a supervisor", starting May 26, 2023

The bespoke workshop on "Leading when not a supervisor" by Michael Rudolph, starting on May 26, 2023 and continuing with 3 further online sessions, will take place with 10 registered participants, covering personal development, leadership, and conflict resolution.
(organized by Christina Kunzmann)

Studierende in der Vorlesung

(in other news:) Day of Digital Teaching, Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Visit the Day of Digital Teaching on May 23, 2023, in building D in order to learn about this year's topic “Open Educational Resources and beyond: studying and teaching in the digital sphere". Registration is recommended!
(part of the interdisciplinary KodiLL project)

TDDL2022

8th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, May 11th, 2023, 17:30, T-2004

After the first successful year we are happy to announce the next installment of the 'Graduate Get-Together' for this semester. The eighth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2023, 17:30, in room T-2004. This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Airi Takeuchi ('On Mechanical Billiard Systems'; mathematics) and Alexander Hofmann ('Organic Semiconductors: Why Molecular Orientation matters'; physics) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There is plenty time to chat, ask questions, and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions. (organized by Susanne Liese and Frederic Wagner)

Further events are planned for May 25th, June 15th, July 6th, 2023.

Announcement 11.05.23

Soft-skills course series, May 9-11, 2023: Publish don't perish, Research Development, Management Skills

A three-part soft-skills course series, May 9, May 10, May 11, 2023 will be held by Prof. Robert N. Lussier (cf. link below) on the topics "Publish don't perish", "Research Development", "Management Skills".
(organized by Florian Schmid)

Studierende in der Vorlesung

Workshop "women* in science", starting March 17th, 2023

The bespoke workshop on ”women* in science” by Dr. Juliane Handschuh, starting on March 17, 2023 and continuing with 3 further online sessions, will take place with 10 registered participants, covering career development, networking, diversity, and dealing with male-dominated environments.
(organized by Ursula Weiß)

Studierende in der Vorlesung

7th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, January 26th, 2023, 17:30, R-506

The seventh MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, January 26 2023, 17:30, in room 506, building R (north physics building). This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Niklas Gotthardt (Mathematics) will give a short talk (~15 minutes) about "Statistical Modelling of Energy Markets" followed by a short talk (~15 minutes) given by Richard Röß-Ohlenroth (Physics). There will be plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 26.01.2023

6th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, December 8th, 2022, 17:30, R-506

The sixth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, December 08, 2022, 17:30, in room 506, building R (north physics building). This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, David Buchberger (mathematics) will present his research and his group in a short talk (~15 minutes). Also Julia Thurner-Irmler will present WiR (Wissenstransfer Region Augsburg) providing insights into research and outreach possibilities. There is plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 08.12.2022

"Graduate center of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering on course for success"

"In order to make it easier for young scientists to network and to get started in research, the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering features a Graduate Center which started this year as part of the university-wide two-stage system of graduate training and support. Already several activities have taken place, which are organized by the young scientists themselves. [...]"

(Presse release 102/22 of the University of Augsburg [in German], December 5, 2022, see link)

5th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 17:30, R-506

The fifth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, 17:30, in room 506, building R (north physics building). This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Nicolas Färber (physics) will present his research and his group in a short talk (~15 minutes). Also Lucia Plobner will present StartHub, the innovation and startup center of the university, providing insights into funding opportunities for academic spin-offs. There is plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 17.11.2022

4th MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, October 27, 2022, 17:30, R-506

The fourth MNTF Graduate Get-Together will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2022, 17:30, in room 506, building R (north physics building). This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 45 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Lukas Stoll (mathematics) and Meera Varma (physics) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There is plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 27.10.2022

Women's Regulars' Table with Jobtalk for Young Scientists in Mathematics, Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 17:00, I(2)-2309

The first Women's Regulars' Table for young scientists at the Institute of Mathematics will take place on October 26, 2022, 17:00, room 2309, building I(2). It will feature a jobtalk by Dr. Lisa Reischmann (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). If you are interested please contact Ursula Weiß (ursula.weiss@math.uni-augsburg.de) or just drop by.

Maximilianstrasse mit Alpenpanorama

Soft-skills course: Present your research results purposefully at a conference, Monday, 19. September 2022

This soft-skills course will be held during one day at the University of Augsburg by Dipl.-Päd. Elisabeth Berchtold and Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Schuster. Participants will learn how to combine rhetoric methods with the strengths of their personality. Verbal and non-verbal methods will be discussed and trained. With feedback given by the course instructors and discussion among the participants, guidelines for behaviour, rhetorical know-how, and tricks for dealing with stage fright will be developed. The contents and participants were found in the MNTF-GZ Digicampus group.
(organized by Joél Schukraft and Jiří Zeman)

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3rd MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, July 14, 2022, 17:30, L-2004/L-2006

The first two meetings were great success, so we are happy to announce the third 'Graduate Get-Together'. This event provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs from MNTF to meet and talk about their work. After a 30 minutes small talk round with snacks and beverages, Jiří Zeman (mathematics), Marijana Ugrina (physics), and Marco Korkisch (MRM) will present their research and their group in short talks (~15 minutes each). There is plenty of time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions.
(organised by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 14.07.2022

Soft-skills course: Business Management, Friday, June 24, 2022

This soft-skills course will be held during one day at the University of Augsburg by Prof. Dr. Matthias Menter (University of Jena). The contents and participants were found in the MNTF-GZ Digicampus group.
(organized by Joél Schukraft and Jiří Zeman)

Studierende in der Vorlesung

(in other news:) Day of Digital Teaching, Friday, June 24, 2022

Visit the Day of Digital Teaching on June 24, 2022, either in building D or remotely, in order to discover how teaching and learning may take place at the University of Augsburg in the future. Registration is recommended!
(part of the interdisciplinary KodiLL project)

TDDL2022

2nd MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, June 23, 2022, 17:30, L-2004/L-2006

The 'Graduate Get-Together' provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs at MNTF to meet and talk about their research. The meeting will start with a 30-minute discussion round during which you have the chance to get to know each other. Afterwards Lukas Graf (Mathematik), Susanne Liese (Physik), and Jonas Riesner (MRM) will present 15-minute talks on the research topics in their respective groups. There is plenty time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions!
(organized by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

Announcement 23.06.2022

Women's Regulars' Table for MNTF Postdocs, June 2, 2022, 18:00, Il Porcino

The Women's Regulars' Table for MNTF Postdocs will meet on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6 pm at Il Porcino. If you are interested please contact Christina Kunzmann (christina.kunzmann@mrm.uni-augsburg.de) or just drop by.

Maximilianstrasse mit Alpenpanorama

1st MNTF Graduate Get-Together, Thursday, June 2, 2022, 17:30, L-2004/L-2006

The 'Graduate Get-Together' provides an informal platform for PhD students and postdocs at MNTF to meet and talk about their research. With this meeting, we want to spark discussions and collaborations between the different departments and answers to the question 'What are other scientists at my university working on?'.
The meeting will start with a 30-minute discussion round during which you have the chance to get to know each other. Afterwards Kevin Ruck (mathematics), Reyhaneh Khasseh (physics), and Jonas Riesner (MRM) will present 15-minute talks on the research topics in their respective groups. There is plenty time to chat and share your thoughts. We are looking forward to interesting discussions!
(organized by Susanne Liese, Julius Natrup and Frederic Wagner)

 

 

 

 

Junior Board

Research Associate
Analysis and Geometry
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Differential Geometry
PhD student
Theoretical Physics III
Habilitation Candidate
Computational Biology
Wasserstoff und Elektrochemie
Chemistry of Materialis and Resources
Dr. Christina Kunzmann
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Materials Engineering (MRM)
Taskforce Wasserstoff H2.UniA

 

 

The Junior Board serves as point of contact for Ph.D. students and Postdocs. It receives proposals events and financial support and forwards them to the Senior Board. The Junior Board listed above was elected 2nd Kickoff Meeting on May 4, 2023. (Previous Junior Board members include Hana Bunzen, Julius Natrup, Tobias Wiener, Niklas Chaloupka, Reyhaneh Khasseh.)

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Board

Extraordinarius
Algebra and Number Theory
Professor
Theoretical Physics III
Professor
Processing of Complex Structured Materials for Demanding Environments

 

 

The Senior Board takes decisions on proposals for events and financial support. It is usually contacted only by the Junior Board. The above-listed Senior Board was elected by the MNTF Faculty Council on May 5, 2022; for the case that Prof. Arno Kampf were to leave the board, Prof. Dr. Christoph Westerhausen was elected as an alternate.

 

 

 

 

Archive: 2nd Kickoff Event, May 4, 2023, 17:30, T-1004

Kickoff Event of the MNTF Graduate Center

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 17:30

Lecture Hall T-1004, Physics Lecture Hall Building

 

All Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Institutes of Mathematics / Physics / Materials Resource Management are cordially invited!

 

Agenda:

  1. Opening address, Prof. Dr. Manfred Albrecht, Dean of MNTF
  2. Overview of activities that can be supported by the MNTF Graduate Center
  3. Collection of suggestions for future activities
  4. Election of the Junior Board (3 Ph.D. students and 3 Postdocs, 1 each from each of the 3 institutes; also 1 spokesperson for each of the two groups)
  5. Summary and next steps

 

 

Important for Ph.D. students and Postdocs:

 

  • The MNTF Graduate Center has been active since April 2022 and many interesting events and courses have taken place (see below).
     
  • There is no fixed program for the MNTF Graduate Center, rather your participation and your ideas are absolutely necessary to devise activities that are useful for you.
     
  • At this 2nd Kickoff Event (see box on the left) ideas and suggestions will be collected -- please be there and participate!
     
  • See below for the framework and possible types of activities.
     
  • A Junior Board of Praedocs and Postdocs, which will serve as a point of contact, will also be elected by you at the Kickoff event.
     
  • If you have questions please contact the current Junior Board (see below).

 

 

Archive: Kickoff Event 2022

 

 

Kickoff Event of the MNTF Graduate Center

Monday, April 25, 2022, 14:00

Lecture Hall T-1004, Physics Lecture Hall Building

 

All Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Institutes of Mathematics / Physics / Materials Resource Management are cordially invited!

 

Agenda:

  1. Opening address, Prof. Dr. Manfred Albrecht, Dean of MNTF
  2. Overview of activities that can be supported by the MNTF Graduate Center
  3. Collection of suggestions for future activities
  4. Election of the Junior Board (3 Ph.D. students and 3 Postdocs, 1 each from each of the 3 institutes; also 1 spokesperson for each of the two groups)
  5. Summary and next steps

 

 

Important for Ph.D. students and Postdocs:

 

  • There is no fixed program for the MNTF Graduate Center, rather your participation and your ideas are absolutely necessary to devise activities that are useful for you.
     
  • At the Kickoff Event (see box on the left) ideas and suggestions will be collected -- please be there and participate!
     
  • See below for the framework and possible types of activities.
     
  • A Junior Board of Praedocs and Postdocs, which will serve as a point of contact, will also be elected by you at the Kickoff event.
     
  • If you have questions please contact Marcus Kollar (Physics), Christina Kunzmann (MRM), Peter Quast (Mathematics), and Amelie Schischke (MRM), who at present are the representatives of the scientific employees in the three institutes of MNTF and were involved in developing the MNTF Graduate Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Program for Young Scientists by the MNTF Graduate Center

The MNTF Graduate Center will help with the onboarding process as well as networking of Praedocs and Postdocs with yearly kickoff events, retreat meetings, and regulars' tables, as well as external science-related courses. Furthermore these young scientists can apply for financial support for scientific and soft-skill activities as well as seed funding. An elected Junior Board, consisting of 3 Praedocs and 3 Postdocs, will help with information and coordination and serve as a point of contact. Applications are submitted to the Junior Board and then sent along to the Senior Board, which consists of 3 professors of MNTF, for review and decisions. All activities in the MNTF Graduate Center are optional and not part of the Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes.


A1) Kickoff event for Praedocs and Postdocs (1x in spring, from 2022 on)

  • election of the Junior Board
  • designation of organizing committee for Praedoc off-site meeting (A2)
  • planning of regulars' tables for Postdocs (A3)
  • planning of further activities (A4, A5)
  • information about existing support by the university (scholarships, DAAD, travel grants, teaching reductions, ombudspeople, elected representatives, …)


A2) Off-site meeting for Praedocs with scientific topic (1x in the fall, from 2022 on)

  • 3 day off-site meeting (possibly with co-payment by participants), alternatively 2 days on campus
  • short talks / science slam as icebreaker
  • external and internal speakers, possibly hands-on scientific courses
  • possibly suitable for Praedocs from FAI or Med.Fak., depending on the topic
  • scientific and/or soft-skill training (e.g., for academic writing, scientific presentations, Bachelor/Master thesis supervising roles, scientific commuincation, …)
  • reports regarding completed activities, organisation of future events


A3) Regulars' table for Postdocs (after first kickoff event)

  • open to all Postdocs employed at MNTF
  • intended in particular for current or future research group leaders
  • in approx. 2-3 months interval, informal regulars' table, possibly split according to research areas
  • exchange regarding, e.g., transition to having your own research group, career planning, participation in academic committees, …


A4) Local activities for Praedocs and Postdocs

  • networking, recurring meetings, scientific speed dating
  • methodogical courses, guest lecturers, scientific postgraduate lectures by excellent external scientists, possibly with poster session
  • lab tours across the university, industry visits, knowledge transfer with industry, job talks, strategies for leaving academia, …
  • finding mentors, if desired
  • working group for maintenance of an intranet page with informationen and reports


A5) External courses

  • MNTF-specific courses, e.g., on data management, scientific marketing, career planning, gender-related topics, third-party funding applications, coding skills improvement strategies, …
  • courses and events are open to Praedocs and Postdocs, participation requires simple application and approval by supervisor
  • the Senior Board will decide in case of overbooking

B) Seed Funding [modified November 13, 2023]

  • support for independent scientific projects (direct costs up to 3.000 €)
  • also for science communication and/or outreach projects (only until end of 2023)
  • application must be approved by supervisor, subitted to Junior Board and passed on to Senior Board
  • Senior Board may solicit (possibly external) reviews
  • project should be independent of dissertation/habilitation and their topics
  • applicatin must explain ineligibility for orther third-party seed funding at the university and state previously obtained seed funding
  • applications and results are to be reported to Junior Board and Senior Board and at kickoff meetings; referral to relevant university agencies: AMU, inventors' center, StartHub (founders' center), uni-t (transfer center)

Qualification Concept and Prerequisites

  • All additional qualifications that are offered by the MNTF Graduate Center are optional and not part of Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes. No separate membership is required. No certificitates etc. will be issued.

  • Praedocs and Postdocs may first participate in the annual kickoff and/or off-site meetings. There further activities will be planned and then listed on the intranet website to allow participation also at a later stage..

  • Praedoc activities are open to Ph.D. candidates that have registered this status with MNTF. Postdoc activities are open to scientific personnel at MNTF with completed doctorate. People from each group may be admitted to the other for certain activities.

Structure and Quality Assurance

  • Approved applications and completed activities should be reported to the institute and faculty council meetings, also in the form of an annual report.

  • At the first kickoff meeting a Junior Board, consisting of 3 Praedocs and 3 Postdocs, will be elected for a period of years, with all three institutes of MNTF represented, as well as two spokespersons, one from each section of the board.

  • Applications for MNTF-specific or central Graduate Center activities are submitted via the Junior Board to the Senior Board (consisting of 3 Professors from MNTF) for approval. The Junior Board will advise applicants, keep track of approved and completed activities, and serve point of contact for members of MNTF.

  • Quality assurance, adjustments to the external course program, and decisions in case of overbooking will be made by the Senior Board or delegated by it to other MNTF professors.

  • Participants should give online feedback on completed activities. The Junior Board will collect these evaluations and present them at the next kickoff meeting.

Long-term Benefits

  • Onboarding processes and networking opportunities have been requested by Praedocs and Postdocs. They are available at other faculties and universities, where they have proven to be very useful.
  • Networking among research groups and among the institutes of MNTF will also generate new collaborations and research ideas.
  • The structure of the Junior Boards is intended to facilitate proposals for activities.

Extension to Other Faculties and Further Collaborations

  • Scientific events may be open to Praedocs and Postdocs af related faculties (such as Faculty of Applied Informatics or Faculty of Medicine), for example regarding topics from Materials Science, Machine Learning, Biological Physics, Statistics, Modelling
  • In a similar fashion young scientists at MNTF should receive information regarding similar graduate activities in other faculties.

 

 

 

 

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