At this year's General Assembly of the Leibniz PhD Network
in Potsdam, Germany, Irene Broer
, junior researcher at the HBI, was elected speaker of the PhD students in Section B. Thus, she represents the doctoral candidates in the Leibniz Institutes in the fields of economics, social sciences and spatial sciences.
More than 100 representatives of doctoral candidates from the 95 Leibniz Institutes came to Potsdam on 26 and 27 September. For the first time this year, these included the PhD spokespersons of the HBI, Irene Broer and Marcel Rechlitz
. In addition to the exchange of content and the development of a long-term agenda, the election of the speaker of the sections was on the agenda for the first time.
Each of the 95 Leibniz Institutes is assigned to one of five sections according to its research focus. The task of the spokespersons is to bundle the interests of the doctoral students of the individual sections and to act as a communication interface to the Leibniz PhD Network and the Leibniz Presidium. Twice a year, the spokespersons of the sections will meet for internal meetings and discuss the concerns of the individual sections.
The Leibniz PhD Network was founded in 2016 and represents the interests of doctoral students from all institutes and museums in the Leibniz Association. The aim is to network doctoral students and to create uniform working standards for PhD students at Leibniz institutes.
Irene Broer has been a junior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut within the BMBF-funded joint project "MeWiKo" since December 2018. The project investigates external science communication (e.g. science journalism) and its influence on scientific publications. Since the HBI became a member of the Leibniz Association in 2019, she and Marcel Rechlitz have represented the doctoral candidates of the HBI in the Leibniz PhD Network.