Steering Group

Steering Group

The Steering Group is the main contact between PhD candidates and the Headquarters of Max Planck Society in Munich. They coordinate the communication within the PhDnet and outside of it. The members of the steering group are elected annually at the General Meeting and assume office each year on January 1st.

The Steering Group consists of a spokesperson (SP), three representatives for the different sections (BM/CPT/GSH), the financial officer and the general secretary. The members of our current Steering Group are:

Name
Lindsey Bultema
Doctoral researcher, Hub Coordinator, Spokesperson
Simon M. Hofmann
Doctoral researcher
Nikki van Teijlingen Bakker
Doctoral researcher
Julia van Beesel
Doctoral researcher, General Secretary
Cornelia van Scherpenberg
Deputy Spokesperson, Doctoral researcher
Sarah Young
Doctoral researcher

Agenda

Excellent doctoral researchers deserve outstanding working conditions, career development and communication. To achieve this, Steering Group 2020 will collaborate with the General Administration and diverse Max Planck Society bodies on the following key points:

Working conditions

  • Raise of minimum salary to at least 65% of TVöD to remain competitive

  • Translations of contracts and relevant documents

  • Clarification of Thesis Advisory Committee

  • Involvement in director hiring process

  • Training for supervision and management

  • Defining routes to report harassment and bullying

  • Increase equality and inclusion of DRs regardless of nationality or gender

Career Development

  • Welcoming new PhDs with streamlined onboarding procedures and
     release of a travel guide

  • Non-academic career guidance and transition

  • Facilitate networking with alumni 

Communication

  • Increase our social media presence

  • Streamlining our website and social media channels

  • Release of a FAQ with recurring topics

  • Clearly outline reporting procedures

  • Showcasing institute achievements and events

  • MPG-wide open science and open access strategies
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The agendas for 2018 and 2019 are available here:

We are always open for input on any topic! For this, questions, and advice don't hesitate to contacts us via steering.group@phdnet.mpg.de

We are looking forward to an interactive year!

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