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Doing a PhD at HNEE

Postgraduate studies are of great importance to the HNEE. In fact, despite the legislative inability of ‘Fachhochschul-Professor*innen’ (professors at speciality Universities) in Germany to provide primary supervision to postgraduate students, the Institute strives to revoke this piece of legislation as part of the ongoing ‘Hochschulentwicklungskonzept’ (specialty university development concept) and the universities own strategic trajectory. The ultimate aim of these efforts is to establish a profile for the HNEE as an institute with the capability of graduating doctoral students as well as broadening its recognition as a prominent location for scientific research and study.

In the process of trying to achieve these goals, various different pathways have been used to graduate doctorate students. A couple of examples include; joint doctoral programs in collaboration with other universities (e.g. the ‘Climate Plasticity Nature Conservation’ program) or doctoral collaborations as part of research projects.

The doctoral program of the ‘Department of Forest and Environment’ has been supporting doctoral students with personal scholarships since 2007. From 2014 to 2019, the HNEE was also able to successfully raise funds through its ‘Professor Program’, and was thereby able to award doctoral positions, scholarships and material resources to young researchers. 

A group of young researchers of oral students and post-docs is currently investigating tansformation processes in the TRANSECT project ("Agrarian Transformations and Social-Ecological Complexities Local Bioeconomy Scenarios in Central and South Asia", headed by Dr. M. Spieß) in the regions of Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

HNEE has recently closed off an agreement with the ‘Leuphana University of LĂŒneburg’, which grants the right for primary supervision of doctorate students by German specialty university professors. Together, the two universities run a cooperative graduate school, focused on enforcing biodiversity promoting land use in biosphere reserves. The aim is to give young researchers, in particular university graduates, all the necessary requirements for them to complete high-quality doctorate studies. The graduate school and the cooperative doctorate program in collaboration with ‘Leuphana University of LĂŒneburg’ welcome all interested postgraduate students.


Upcoming doctoral events:

Regular round table event for doctoral candidates, prospective doctoral candidates and supervisors.

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:15 p.m., pub "Mundtshof", Schicklerstraße 1 (corner of Goethestrasse, Eberswalde)

Next date: 11.02.2020

If you would like to get to know other doctoral students at HNEE, are interested in a doctorate and information on the topic, or simply would like to exchange ideas, you are more than welcome to come along and meet us! If you do intend on coming to our next meeting, simply send us a brief email to let us know you are joining. We look forward to meeting you!


24.04.2020 „Zeit- und Selbstmanagement fĂŒr Promovierende”

Lecturer: Edda Wilde (https://polyfon-coaching.de/)

Target Group: PhD students

Language: German

Content: Setting Priorities and working for and with goals, strategic planning of long-term projects, productive self-feedback and acknowledgment of Progress,  management of divers tasks (PhD, conferences, publications, 
), time-management techniques and work organisation, coping with „I do it tomorrow“ , 



13.05.2020 (Date will soon be announced) “Exploration of biodiversity data and literature via text mining”

Lecturer: Dr. Adrian Pachzelt BIOfid (https://www.biofid.de/en/)

Target Group: PhD students, Professors, Scientific staff

Language: English

Content: The specialised Information Service for Biodiversity Research (BIOfid) provides current and historic literature concerning biodiversity in contemporary format for supra-regional Use and availability. Text mining procedures enable the automatic evaluation and semantic processing of texts. Data sets on the taxonomy and biogeography of organisms, which are on the one hand difficult to access in historical works and on the other hand are increasingly available in digital documents, can thus be mobilized and processed for further research questions. In this workshop, participants will receive a theoretical and practical introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP) - and text mining techniques as well as to the use of the BIOfid-Portal.


02.12.2020: “Research Data Management”

Lecturer: Katarzyna Biernacka (https://www.discipline-workshops.com/)

Target Group: PhD students

Language: English

Content: Life-cycle of research data, research data policies, data management planning, structuring of data, documentation, saving and backup, long term archives, publication of research data, subsequent use of research data legal aspects, 






Ansprechpartnerin:

Jenny Hammerich

Graduate School Biosphere Reserves Institute


03334 - 657 513 (Monday/Tuesday available)

Jenny.Hammerich@hnee.de