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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.


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"Work – Between Passion and Pressure"

CfP for the 20th series of PhD lectures at the University of Leipzig

The Council for Doctoral Candidates at Leipzig University (ProRat) would like to cordially invite you to present your PhD projects to an interested public. This academic year, the lecture series’ overall topic is „Work – Between Passion and Pressure“. We invite proposals for a 20-minute presentation in German or English, deadline for submission is April 12, 2015. For further details see our Call for Papers.

Prof. Reichenbach new Director of the GC Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach ist the new director of the Graduate Centre Life Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig. The physician is head of the Research Training School "InterNeuro" (Interdisciplinary Approaches in Cellular Neurosciences) and heads as well the department Neurophysiology of the Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research. Reichenbach is among others member of  the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and the Academia Europaea.

He was elected as new director by the speakers of the classes on February, 6 at the Graduate Centre's directorate meeting. Reichenbach replaces the biologist Prof. Dr. Rudolf Rübsamen who operates from now on as the executive director of the Research Academy.

Since 2014 Dr. Friederike Buchholz takes over the scientific coordination of the Graduate Centre Life Sciences. She is ready to help all doctoral students of the GC. She also coordinates the Leibniz Programme.

iDiv Summer School 2015 – Biodiversity Synthesis

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) will organise a summer school with the theme “Biodiversity Synthesis” from 23 to 29 August 2015 in Leipzig.

The summer school is aimed mainly at PhD students working with biodiversity projects, but also applications from advanced masters level students and early-stage post-doctoral researchers will be considered.

The application deadline for the course is Sunday, 26 April 2015.

The programme includes keynote lectures, discussions, field excursions, hands-on exercises, participant presentations and group work.

You can find more information on the summer school and the application process on the Website of idiv.

2015 Utrecht Network Summer School: Professional English

The Professional English Summer School will take place at the University of Hull between Monday 29 June - Friday 10 July 2015. The programme is intended for individuals who already have a relatively good command of English but who wish to update or further refine their languauge.

The programme will be of special interest to individuals working in educational environments who require increasing accuracy or fluency in English, or who require further exposure to varieties of English to satisfy their professional needs.

Further information on the programme including details of how to apply can be found here.  Any queries should be sent to pesp(at)

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.

last update: 20.04.2015 
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