PIKturing our future: The young scientists’ visions for the institute

06/05/2018 - Once a year, the doctoral candidates of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gather to discuss their research and exchange ideas. This year’s "PhD day" aimed at giving young scientists the possibility to think about and discuss their visions, wishes and ideas for the future of the institute. What do young scientists need to be able to perform excellent science? In what areas do they need more support and in what way? How can they interact with society during their work?
PIKturing our future: The young scientists’ visions for the institute
PIK's doctoral candidates. Photo: PIK

Getting to know each other better during a scientific "speed dating" in the morning fostered a good, lively and inspiring atmosphere needed to discuss these topics. A first talk about open access informed about the advantages of open access publications, with a special focus on their importance for PhD students at PIK. In a second talk the question how the young researchers own work is „constructed“ was addressed and gave already some input for the workshops in the afternoon. In smaller groups the students trained their skills to communicate their reserach topics in a workshop with the institute’s press team, investigated the values, accountabilities and practicalities of their research or discussed topics like working conditions and participation.

"The results presented in the evening to each other contained many ideas and suggestions of PIK’s future for young scientists which the PhD students look forward to discuss with those responsible, but also implement themselves," explains Julia Brugger, a former PhD representative. "In addition, everybody got aware once again that PIK is an inspiring place to discuss and realize one’s visions of the own, the institute’s and the Earth’s future."

Furthermore, the PhDs elected their new representatives for the next year. And here they are: Kristine Karstens, Manon Glockmann, Aman Malik, Ahmad Murtaza Ershad and Kai-Hauke Krämer.

More information on PIK's PhD program can be found here: