The Helmholtz Juniors

Representing all PhD candidates of the Helmholtz Centers

Helmholtz Juniors was founded in 2005 as an initiative to represent the interests of all (about 8000 as of 2016) doctoral researchers working at each of the 18 centers in the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest non-university scientific organization. Our primary goals are fostering exchange between and networking, improving working conditions, and expanding opportunities for advanced training within the Helmholtz Association.

2020 Helmholtz Juniors meeting
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2019 Helmholtz Juniors meeting in Kiel
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How are the HeJus structured?

Helmholtz Juniors (HeJu) as a whole is made up of at least two doctoral researchers (aka, representatives) from each Helmholtz center, who usually work with us for at least a year. At the DKFZ, the two HeJu representatives are elected together with the new PhD Council in November every year. The elected HeJu might or not also be a Council member.
 
Helmholtz Juniors aims at being a dynamic team and being able to respond flexibly to the current needs and requirements of doctoral researchers within the Helmholtz Association. Each year we elect two spokespersons to represent Helmholtz Juniors within and outside the Helmholtz Association.

In 2017, Helmholtz Juniors joined forces with Max Planck PhDnet and Leibniz PhD Network to form a ‘network of networks’, or N2. This platform aims to address broad topics relevant to doctoral researchers.

 

What are the HeJus doing for me?

Helmholtz Juniors as a whole meet twice a year: once in one of the Helmholtz centers in late winter, and once in the headquarters of the Helmholtz Association in Berlin in summer. These meetings give us the opportunity to discuss and exchange information, and to coordinate our work and new initiatives.

The majority of the work we do is split into a number of different working groups. We currently have four active working groups: working conditions, surveys, events, and communication. Have a look at our website, blog or Social Media for more information on what we do!

Whom to contact

If you have questions about working conditions, HeJu communications, this website or anything else related, shoot us an email!

Our DKFZ representatives are:

Isabela Paredes-Cisneros (also 2020 Helmholtz Juniors spokesperson)
Pengbo Sun

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