On November 15, 2019, the Graduate Center TU Dortmund was officially opened by Prof. Insa Melle, Vice-Rector Academic Affairs at TU Dortmund University. At the event in the International Meeting Center (IBZ), around 80 early career researchers took part in interdisciplinary workshops and contributed their own ideas and wishes on the topic of support for early career researchers to the think tank.
At the official opening, Dr. Ute Zimmermann and Dr. Nils Kasties, Managing Directors of the Graduate Center, presented the services of the institution: The Graduate Center offers its own events for transferable skills training and networking. In addition, it bundles existing offers for early career researchers at the TU Dortmund University on its website.
In addition to the interdisciplinary workshops and information lectures, the event also included a market of opportunities, where the service facilities of the TU Dortmund University were presented. At the think tank, the researchers discussed and developed new ideas for support for early career researchers.
With Prof. Enrico Schleiff from the University of Frankfurt, a proven expert in the field of support for early career researchers was won for the keynote speech. The deputy chairman of the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (GUAT/UniWiND) gave an exciting lecture on the topic “Framework Conditions for Research Careers”.
Finally, a panel discussion was held to discuss what support young researchers need to shape individual career paths within and outside of research.