Research Academy Leipzig  

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The Research Academy Leipzig is the umbrella organisation for all structured doctoral qualification programmes at Leipzig University. It aims at providing the best possible conditions for the advancement of young researchers.


Workshops of the University Library for PhD Students


The Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig (ubl) offers workshops for PhD Students in English and German starting on March, 3rd. The workshops deal with scientific databases, the use of MS-Word for writing a thesis and the reference management tool Citavi. 

You will receive 1 ETCS if you book all three workshops. It is also possible to book each course individually.

Further information as well as the possibility to register for the courses can be found on the website of the ubl.

New Exhibition "Dissertation Stories"

During the annual reception of the Reseach Academy the new photo exhibition "Dissertation Stories" has been inaugurated. The ten selected photos illustrate the scientific research of doctoral researchers at the Universität Leipzig. They will be now displayed in the foyer of the Research Academy at Burgstraße 21 in Leipzig.

The first price was awarded to Guillermo Zecua for his picture "Streaming lines" illustrating the mathematical principle with river weed. "The photo is a wonderful example of the fact that physics can be aesthetically beautiful and artistic and cannot only be found on paper or in the lab but in the nature." justified Prof. Rübsamen the selection in his laudatation.

Konstanze Loeke won the second price for her picture "A matter of choice" in which she shows her work on application strategies of Erasmus students. The jury emphasised especially the colour scheme and the complexity of meanings in the picture.

Tom Berthold of the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung received the third price for his photo "The Matchmaker". "His picture convinced us primarily because of its mysterious and magic character with an almost heart like deep red artefact in the center and golden sparkles around. The picture seems to originate rather from a fairytale or a dream then from microscopic analysis", said Rübsamen in his justification.

The competition was adressed to all doctoral researchers of the Universität Leipzig. Almost 30 PhD candidates followed the Call of Works and submitted a photo and an exposé to the question "What picture comes to your mind when you think of your research project?".

The jury, consisting of Prof. Dr. Rudolf Rübsamen, managing director of the Research Academy, Dr. Thomas Klemm, graphic designer and Martin Göse, spokesman of the RAl Leipzig Doctoral Representatives (RA-Doc) chose ten pictures for the exhibition as well as three winners. All selected pictures are also available as postcards.

Research Academy Leipzig presents Thesis Awards

Then award winners Dr. Tobias Möller, Dr. Stefanie Babilon and Dr. Katja Kleinsorge with the head of the Research Academy Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwarz.

The Research Academy Leipzig presented the thesis awards for excellent doctoral dissertations that have been completed in 2014. The award ceremony was held on February, 2 during the annual reception in the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig. It has been framed by a lecture by Jörg Hacker as well as a panel discussion.

The thesis awards of the three graduate centres Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Mathematics/Computer Science and Natural Sciences were presented to Tom Kaden, Stefanie Babilon and Tristan Buckmaster and Tobias Möller. The prices are each worth 400€.

Dr. Kaden deals in his dissertation with a sociological analysis of the development of the american creationism since 1960 until today. In the field of Mathematics/Computer Science and Natural Sciences the award was divided and awarded to the mathematician Dr. Buckmaster and his research on the "Onsager's conjecture" and the chemist Dr. Möller an his research on new synthetical approaches of p-chiral phosphines. The best dissertation is the field of life sciences delivered the biochemist Dr. Babilon with her work "Regulation of Neuropeptide Y Receptor Activation and Trafficking".

The "Katharina Windscheid Prize" is awarded once a year to doctoral candidates of the Research Academy whose dissertation constitutes performance under special life circumstances that deserves recognition in the sense of promoting gender equality and family-friendliness in research. This year the price was awarded to Dr. Katja Kleinsorge, PhD-student of Indology and religious studies and mother of two children. 

For the first time at an annual reception of the Research Academy the thesis award "Money, Currency and Financial Market Stability" by the Deutsche Bundesbank, Hauptverwaltung Sachsen und Thüringen was awarded and was presented to Dr. Alex Löffler and his dissertation on the topic "Global Asymmetries in Monetary Policy Operations: Creditor versus Debtor Central Banks".

Previous to the award ceremony Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, president of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften held a lecture on the topic "Culture of science: Where is the problem?". Subsequently, he discussed togehter with Prof. Dr. Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, head of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwarz, head of the Research Academy and Dr. Steffi Marung, postdoc at the Centre for Area Studies about possibilities of career development of young scientists with a PhD degree.

last update: 23.02.2015 
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Research Academy Leipzig
Burgstraße 21
04109 Leipzig

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