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!


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.

Winter Party 2021
Are you up for a cosy winter evening filled with our creative ideas for socializing virtually such as winter pop quiz, escape room, games together, and fire camp? Our virtual winter party will happen on the 15th of December in gathertown.

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.

PhDnet General Meeting 2021
The General Meeting of the PhDnet is around the corner again. From the 25th till the 27th of October, the Doctoral Researchers of the MPG can come together virtually. Get to know the PhDnet and it's structures, other PhDs and join our discussions.

For more information check the webpage



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


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 ...


The PhDNet Equal Opportunities work group conducted a mini-survey last year to gauge the state-of-affairs in the MPIs. Good news is that most participating Doctoral Researchers did not face cases of violation of Equal Opportunities. We also came to ...

Read the newest issue of our Offspring Magazine. In this issue, you will find several articles about sustainability in general and within the MPS. you can also read about the Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2019, and An Interview with Dr. Miho ...

We would like to highlight what we as a steering group have been up to thus far. Earlier this year we received the confirmation of 30 days of vacation. The number of vacation days has been a major topic for the SG over the last years. We would like ...

The Offspring Blog


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

By: Allison Lewis, editor and blogger

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Editing: Offspring Magazine Editorial Team
Images: Nina Lautenschläger.


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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


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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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