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Equal opportunities

DynaMENT Mentoring Programme for Female Researchers

The PIER Helmholtz Graduate School is part of the dynaMENT network on the science campus Bahrenfeld. DynaMENT is a mentoring programme and uses an established process-oriented method of supporting and advising, to help female researchers develop their career in science. DynaMENT offers...

  • Highly confidential one-to-one sessions with experienced mentors
  • Individual assessment, goal-setting and development plan
  • Networking events
  • Workshops/Coaching

DynaMENT consists of two progammes:

DynaMENT doctorate for doctoral researchers

DynaMENT advanced for post-doctoral researchers as well as junior professors and (junior) research group leaders.

The program is designed for women* in natural sciences, planning to pursue a career in science. It offers confidential one-to-one sessions with an experienced mentor over a period of 12 months (doctorate) / 24 months (advanced) and supports the researchers to plan their individual career in science. In addition, the programme offers trainings and career events in English and helps the mentees to build a career network. DynaMENT advanced particularly supports the participants in the further planning and development of their careers through scientifically oriented career seminars, individual coaching and networking events.

DynaMENT is a joint project of DESY and MIN faculty of Universität Hamburg, supported by the two clusters of excellence CUI/ Advanced Imaging of Matter and Quantum Universe. Female* doctoral researchers of  European XFEL, Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf and Bernhard-Nocht-Institut are also encouraged to apply. 

More information: www.dynaMENT.de

Contact: mentoring@dynaMENT.de

Applications can be submitted until 1st of July 2022.

Participants in one of our leadership skills courses. Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Women's Career Days

Another tool to promote women in science is the special career and research training programme for female PhD students.

The Women's Career Day series is aligned to the special needs of women in science and in the planning of a career outside of science.

Since 2014, each year a number of workshops, keynote talks and networking events are being offered.

The workshops are open for up to 15 women and deal with topics such as Women and Leadership, Vocal Power and Physical Presence, Career Orientation for Women in Academia, Professional Communication in Crisis or Conflict Situations, Career Planning for female PhD Students and Job Application Training, Self-Marketing in Academia.

Christiane Nüslein-Volhard-Stiftung (CNV-Foundation) Funding for Women scientists in the field of experimental natural sciences with children

The grants of the Foundation are aimed at excellent women scientists in the field of experimental natural sciences. The CNV-Foundation sponsors graduate students from the start of the second year of their thesis and as long as the project is still in its experimental stage. With postdoctoral fellows the foundation is particularly keen to support those who have changed their area of research after their doctoral studies. Eligible to apply are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of all nationalities, who are conducting their research at a German university or research institute, as well as postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their doctoral degree at a German university and continue their research abroad. The stipend is not intended to cover the living expenses of the applicant and her family. These must already be covered from other sources. It is expected that during the funding period the applicant work full time and full time daycare is already provided for and financed. Application deadline is on 30 November of each calendar year. The application can only be submitted via the application portal starting on 1 September each year. More information: here, application click here.

Pro Exzellenzia Hamburgs Karriere-Kompetenz Zentrum für Frauen (Hamburg's career competence center for women)

• Scholarships for doctoral candidates and post-docs
• Coaching
• Workshops on current career and leadership skills
• Application counseling
• Lecture and cooperation events
• Qualification for migrant women

More information here.

Other regular equal opportunities events on Bahrenfeld campus:

Scientific Career and Parenthood
Once a year, on the invitation of CUI, interesting speakers discuss on the podium and with the audience important issues of the compatibility of family and career paths.

Families & Careers in Physics
Regular lectures (offered by SFB 676) by invited experts on topics like best practice examples in science and industry, career strategies, supporting measures, career management etc.

Women in Science Networking lunch
Ladies' lunch and panel discussion on topics like "Making It But (Sometimes) Faking It? - The Impostor Syndrome in Scientific Careers" with approx. 50 participants, among them many PHGS female PhD students.


MIN Faculty UHH: Career Promotion for Women

Equal opportunity unit at DESY
Equal opportunity unit at Universität Hamburg
Equal opportunity Data Bank UHH (only in German)
Equal opportunity at PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

Jennifer Popp
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Leonardo Ranasinghe
Linda Vanessa Thesing
Photon Science
Ángel Ferran Pousa
Event Calendar
08 Sep. 2022 to 27 Oct. 2022
Chaired by: Stefanie Tepass (PIER (PIER))
Location: DESY Campus Bahrenfeld
Room: Building 3, Room SRBAH2
04 Oct. 2022 - 13:15
Speaker: David Canelo (Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH)
Location: Online
04 Oct. 2022 - 16:00
Chaired by: Carl Mikael Berggren (FLC (FTX Fachgruppe SLB)) ; Juergen Reuter (T (Phenomenology))
Location: DESY Hamburg
Room: Seminar Room 2, Bldg. 2a
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Speaker: Carl Mikael Berggren (FLC (FTX Fachgruppe SLB)) ; Daniel Jeans (KEK) et al.
Location: DESY Hamburg
Room: Auditorium
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Location: Maritim Hotel, Timmendorfer Strand
Room: ball room
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Location: DESY
Room: Auditorium
05 Oct. 2022 - 09:00
Chaired by: Mirko Siemssen (PIER (PIER))
Location: link will follow
Room: online
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