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University-wide networking

Personal networks are an indispensable resource - for a successful doctorate as well as for further career planning. The Graduate Center sees itself as a platform that enables doctoral candidates from all departements to exchange ideas and build their personal network.

Persönlicher Austausch in moderierten Gruppen

DocNet – Doctoral Researchers' Network

With DocNet, the Graduate Center offers a format in which doctoral researchers can (permanently) network. Every two to three months, approximately two-hour moderated network meetings take place. Each meeting is dedicated to a specific topic, which is discussed in the round.

Each DocNet event begins with a thematic impulse. Afterwards, doctoral researchers can exchange ideas in small peer groups about their daily challenges and related solution strategies. This creates networks that can be an important resource in everyday doctoral work.

Information on upcoming dates can also be found on the event page for DocNet.

Netzwerk aus dünnen grünen Seilen mit Knotenpunkten aus Metall © Free-Photos ​/​ Pixabay

Current DocNet groups and university-wide networks

"Do I really belong here?" Such and similar thoughts are held by many doctoral students who were the first in their family to study and then took the step of pursuing a doctorate.

With the change of status to a doctorate, a second socialization begins, which might alienate you from your family and/or friends. At the same time, there are often new uncertainties regarding the fit as a scientist in the university system, and in the context of science, there are social rules that first need to be understood.

The good news is that you are not alone!

Since February 2021, a network of doctoral candidates has been coming together at TU Dortmund University to exchange ideas on precisely such issues.

Would you also like to become a part of the network? Then write an email to the Graduate Center to be added to the network's distribution list.

For doctoral researchers with disabilities, in addition to the general requirements of a doctorate, various other questions and challenges often arise in connection with further academic qualification.

DoBuS, the area of Disability and Studies at the Center for Higher Education at TU Dortmund University, offers doctoral candidates with disabilities a space for the exchange of experiences and peer support within the framework of regular moderated group meetings.

The group is open to doctoral students with disabilities/chronic illnesses of the TU Dortmund of all faculties. The digital meetings take place very 4 to  6 weeks.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Hellbusch

E-mail: andrea.hellbuschtu-dortmundde

Phone: 0231/ 755-6565

DocDay - Doctoral Researchers' Day

At DocDay, everything revolves around the doctorate. (Prospective) doctoral researchers have the opportunity to make new contacts across department boundaries. In addition, they receive information on topics relevant to doctoral studies - from financing the doctorate to research data management.

Market of Possibilities, group of people standing together and talking to each other © Tobias Oertel ​/​ TU Dortmund

Research Academy Ruhr

The Research Academy Ruhr enables doctoral researchers to network within the Science Region Ruhr. Networking formats in the field of doctoral studies include:

  • Früh­jahrs­aka­de­mie: For a good start into your doctorate
  • Herbstakademie: Throughout your doctorate until its successful completion
  • Wirtschaftskolleg: Hands-on dialogue on career paths in business and society
  • mentoring³: Academic career development for young female sci­en­tists
  • Dialogue: Science meets business

All information and the possibility to register can be found on our event page and on the website of the Research Academy Ruhr.

Further services for doctoral researchers