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Promoting Young Researchers

For the Institute, supporting the new generation means above all supervising doctoral work, primarily of those employees who work as academic researchers at the Institute, contribute to projects, events and publications and parallel work on their PhD projects. Their dissertation projects provide an insight into relevant research questions – and they become familiar with project work as well as with scientific publishing, organising research projects and science communication. Besides an established regular formalised supervision of junior researchers in the "Grundsätzen zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis [Principles to Secure Good Academic Practice]", own guidelines for supervision were developed and put into practice. Aspects of further education and career planning are always part of performance reviews that take place every six months for doctoral students and once a year for postdocs. Furthermore, the Institute provides possibilities for research trips, as a chance for the young researchers to build up their personal networks at early career stages and to be recognized as research personalities. By participating in the Graduate School Media and Communication, the Institute also promotes media-related doctoral training programmes at Universität Hamburg.

Transfer of and to Media-Related Doctoral Training and Study Programmes, International Networking

Thanks to the Chairs of the two Directors of the Institute, Prof. Hasebrink and Prof. Schulz, at Universität Hamburg, and thanks to teaching assignments of some of the researchers, the Institute is closely connected to various media-related Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at the university. Thus, new scientific knowledge can be incorporated into academic education directly. Students are also substantially involved in the scientific work at the Institute, where they can gather valuable experience in the scope of practical research. Student employees can rely on support concerning their own scientific publications, under the guidance of experienced colleagues. In addition, young researchers benefit from international cooperations. In the field of Law, for example, it was possible to raise funds for a student exchange programme with the University of Hong Kong, including Summer Schools in Hong Kong and in Hamburg, in which German law students can take part. Due to close contacts to the industry, to law firms and practitioners, it was possible to organise fireside chats in which law students were able to gather insight on different job profiles and career paths.

Opportunities for Postdocs at the Institute

At the Institute, doctoral students are able to pursue their own research, and as “senior researchers”, they are also involved in the overall strategic planning of the Institute. For post-doctoral senior researchers, the Institute provides various career paths that are developed in regular discussions with the persons concerned. Additionally, the Hans-Bredow-Institut established a new form of development programme: the “Postdoc-Kolleg”, in which particularly qualified young academics at postdoctoral level work on current issues and research topics at home and abroad – in the framework of research visits, workshops, joint projects, and publications. In addition to the research programmes, the Kolleg aims to promote innovation and provide an impetus for future projects.
For the first phase, the Institute agreed on the topic “Algorithmed Public Spheres” (APS), which is new and innovative, but, at the same time, matches the existing areas of expertise and research programmes of the Institute.


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