The PhD Representatives are the interdepartmental representation of all PhD students working at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE). They are responsible for maintaining and promoting the interdisciplinary cooperation among the PhD students and are also in close contact with the other students working in the Max Planck Society and other research societies in Germany. They provide their colleagues at the MPIE with up-to-date information about stipend and contract possibilities, insurance information and other upcoming and important topics for a better research and living experience. And they exchange important topics with the management of the Institute.
Moreover, the PhD Representatives organize soft skill courses covering topics such as scientific writing, presentation, and leadership skills. Additionally, career talks are organized by them to give students and postdoctoral fellows a platform to network with industry and gain insight into job opportunities from different industrial sectors. Another series of events are so-called “MPIE lectures”, where experienced MPIE group leaders explain recent research methods that are available in-house. And, last but not least, the PhD Representatives organize social events throughout the year, such as game evenings, sport competitions etc.