PhD representation - GeoDoc

The PhD student representation GeoDoc supports networking, organization and counseling of all doctoral researcher of the GFZ and currently consist of seven members. Our common aim is to represent the interests of the PhD students in different committees of the GFZ as well as being a point of contact for questions and problems during their doctoral studies.

For the scientific exchange between the PhD fellows and to increase the enhance its visibility within the GFZ, we organize the annual PhD Day, where current research results were presented and discussed. The extensive workshop program offers the opportunity to acquire their interdisciplinary and generic competences To increase the interaction and communication between the PhD students of the different sections, we organize regular meetings and social activities.

For questions, requests and recommendations you can contact us via email.

The PhD Day is an annual event where all PhD students from the GFZ meet and present their current research projects. The discussion of the oral and poster presentations with fellow PhD students and interested scientist of the GFZ is a good preparation for national and international scientific conferences. Moreover, the PhD Day is dedicated to increase the communication and networking among all participants on a scientific and informal level. The next PhD Day will be on the 20th of March 2019.

The last PhD Day took place on 13th of March 2018. After a welcoming remarks of Prof. Hüttl and introductory talks about the staff council and the doctoral training at the GFZ, the new representatives of the Helmholtz Juniors and the PhD Representation were elected. In two sessions, 96 posters and interactive PICOs were presented and discussed. The five best poster were selected by a jury of scientist from the GFZ:

Renee van Dongen - Where do 10Be-derived denudation rates depend on grain size?
Timothy Davis - Slip on wavy frictional fault surfaces: is the 3rd dimension a sticking point?
Nikita Aseev - Combined convective and di usive modeling of the ring current and radiation belt electron dynamics using the VERB-4D code
René Kapannusch - Changes in paleo erosion rates during uvial aggradation in the Yamuna catchment, northern India
Viktor Rözer - Forecasting Pluvial Flood Loss
Johannes Hierold - Experimental determination of H2 solubility in saline solutions under reservoir conditions

The GFZ offers an extensive workshop program to all PhD students. Interdisciplinary and generic competences can be acquired by various workshops comprising the subjects communication and presentations techniques, career development and self-organization as well as project management.

The current workshop program is regularly announced via the PhD mailing list. Additionally, more detailed information about the individual workshops are available on the intranet.

The Helmholtz Juniors (HeJus) were founded as initiative to represent the interests of the PhD candidates at all 18 Centres in the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest non-university scientific organisation. The Helmholtz-Juniors currently represent the interests of about 6800 doctoral researchers. Their primary goals are fostering exchange and networking among their peers, improving the conditions they work in and expanding the range of advanced training opportunities available to them within the Helmholtz Association. The Helmholtz Juniors want to contribute their ideas and experiences when the Helmholtz Association plans their support for young researchers and take the chance of thematic and interdisciplinary cooperation that is offered by the vast spectrum of research fields in Helmholtz. Helmholtz Juniors are supported by the Helmholtz Head Office and the different centres. Every doctoral researcher can be part of the Helmholtz Juniors. The work is organized in different working groups dealing with specific topics. Of course, new ideas and suggestions are always welcome. If you want to participate in the Helmholtz Juniors, contact the Helmholtz Juniors at your institute (members of Helmholtz Juniors), the speaker of the working groups or your PhD representatives.

Heidelberg (DKFZ), 2017
Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), 2016
Bremerhaven, 2015
Dresden, 2014
Berlin, 2013
Karlsruhe, 2012
Hamburg, 2011
München, 2010
Braunschweig, 2009
Jülich, 2008
Heidelberg, 2007

Once every year, the Helmholtz Juniors of all Helmholtz centers get together to exchange views on current developments and to plan common actions and initiatives. This year's meeting took place at DKFZ in Heidelberg.

Important links of the Helmholtz Juniors:
Website at

At the annual NextGenconference, PhD students from all Helmholtz centers can meet in order to exchange their experiences, to present their research and to discuss about current topics in the area of science. In July 2018, for the first time NextGen took place in Potsdam at the GFZ. Different workshops about this year´s theme “Big Data” were offered, as well as a podium discussion about “Our Future of Science” with guests from science, industry and press. Additionally, the participants presented several posters and science slam talks. Within the course of a barcamp session and an alumni session, the participants had the chance to exchange ideas and to network with one another. Also the fun factor was not left behind, since the program provided a boat cruise on the Havel as well as a BBQ. The NextGen conference is a perfect chance to look beyond the horizon of your own research, to gain new skills and to socialize with other scientists.

PhD representatives

Nada Abdel-Hak (3.6)

Donovan Dennis (3.3)

Nils-Peter Finger (1.3)

Svenja Steding (3.4)

Malte Stoltnow (3.1.)