PhDnet – about us
The Max Planck PhDnet (PhDnet) is a platform for exchange among the about 5000 PhD candidates working at 83 Max Planck Institutes (MPIs) of the Max Planck Society (MPS) across all three sections Biology & Medicine (BMS), Chemistry, Physics & Technology (CPT), and Humanities & Social Sciences (HS). The PhDnet was founded in 2003 at its first meeting in Heidelberg to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and strengthen academic solidarity.
Each year, institute PhD representatives and other interested doctoral researchers gather at the annual meeting to discuss about common aims and strategies to further improve working conditions for PhD candidates at MPIs. In 2015, new statutes were adopted that define the role and the election procedure of internal and external PhD representatives at the MPIs. For a valid election as external PhD representative a participation quorum (50% of the eligible voters) and an absolute majority is necessary.
At the general meeting, the steering group is elected as legitimate representation of all PhD candidates by the external PhD represenatives and various workgroups form to perform the day-to-day business during the year. In addition to the annual general meeting, local hubs provide a platform for exchange between PhD candidates from different institutes.