Max Planck PhDnet - The doctoral network of the Max Planck Society
The PhDnet is the network of all PhD candidates and PhD representatives of the Max Planck Society. The PhDnet-Portal serves as a platform for the exchange among doctoral researchers and their representatives in the Max Planck Society.

The web portal aims to provide information about the activities of the various workgroups of the PhDnet, publishing the latest news concerning negotiations and events, and supplying contact information to dedicated PhDnet members.
For more info, exchange, and updates, please contact us on Social Media.
Because the working language of the PhDnet, which includes researchers of various nationalities, is English, this page is currently not available in German. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask your local PhDnet representative or approach our steering group!


PhDnet General Meeting 2022
The planning for the 2022 General meeting in Cologne is on it's way!

Join us for this hybrid event from the 10th till the 12th of October.

More information will be released closer to the date.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
The 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week is in full preparation! Keep an eye out on this place for upcoming information.

The Mental Health Collective organized an MPS-wide Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) from the 5th to 10th October 2020 in 100% virtual mode, in cooperation with University of Jena & Dresden Team, which includes MPI-CBG, DIGS-BB and Dresden Concept.

N2 Event 2021: details soon…
The 2021 N2 is currently being planned. More details will be provided as soon as they are available.

The last event that took place was the N2 Event 2019 in November in Berlin. It united selected leading scientists from academic research and industry with excellent doctoral researchers from various research fields of N2—the biggest association of doctoral researchers in Germany.


By: Srinath Ramkumar

Offspring… It is as much a group of enthusiastic people as the wealth of news and interviews on PhD-related topics that we give birth to. While all year long you can follow our podcasts and interviews, it is now time for you to discover our latest ...

By: Maria Elisa Almeida Goes, Allison Lewis, and Bhargavi Murthy
Graphics: Nina Lautenschlaeger

By: Allison Lewis, editor and blogger

By: Maria Elisa Almeida Goes
Editing: Offspring Magazine Editorial Team
Images: Nina Lautenschläger.

New Offspring magazine 2020

November 04, 2020

The meeting provides an opportunity to get to know about the PhDnet and have an exchange of ideas between new and experienced PhD representatives from different institutes. Furthermore the program of the General Meeting typically includes reports ...

We have waited with excitement for results of last year's survey and are pleased to announce that the results are out now!

Listen to our new podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Co!

The Offspring Blog


By: Srinath Ramkumar


By: Maria Elisa Almeida Goes, Allison Lewis, and Bhargavi Murthy
Graphics: Nina Lautenschlaeger

By: Allison Lewis, editor and blogger

By: Maria Elisa Almeida Goes
Editing: Offspring Magazine Editorial Team
Images: Nina Lautenschläger.


by Nicole Kelesoglu, editor and blogger

by the Open Science initiative at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

by Mental Health Collective of the MPS, Evelyn Medawar, Olga Vvedenskaya, Julian D. Rolfes & Barbara Safaric

The Offspring Magazine


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N2 - Network of Doctoral Researcher Networks
N² [nsquared] unites more than 16.000 doctoral researchers of Germany’s non-university research organizations to discuss the future of science – its working conditions, career perspectives and impact on society. The Max Planck PhDnet is a part of N².

Get Involved!
Are you a Doctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Society and not a PhD representative, but you still want to get involved with making the Max Planck Society a little bit better? You could join one of our workgroups and get active there. You are an elected PhD representative at one of the Max Planck Institutes? First, be sure to attend our annual General Meeting to get to know your fellow representatives. Second, you need to know about the general tasks and guidelines for PhD representatives.

Max Planck Alumni Association
The Max Planck Alumni Association (MPAA) is a non-profit organization developing and sustaining a world-wide community of alumni and alumnae of the Max Planck Society. The association is envisioned as a highly international, modern and active community promoting and supporting innovative thinking, knowledge and experience exchange, and is the largest alumni organization for a non-university research institution.
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