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Thanks for being part of our community and for your interest in DocNet! We are excited to organize more physical events for you as soon as the corona situation improves. Make sure to also check out the calls and courses of our appreciated partners below.

At a glance

  1. Save the Date: 18th DocNet Symposium
  2. COVID-19 Information for Doctoral Students
  3. PhD Podcast from Vienna
  4. DocNet Event Calendar Subscription
  5. Follow DocNet on Professional Networks!
  6. DocNet Job Portal - Find your Career Opportunity!
  7. Young Investigators Programme: Events and Workshops Spring 2020
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Save the Date: 18th Docnet Symposium


Thriving in chaos – how to master adverse situations. We live in a world of increasing globalization and digitalization, characterized by constant change and uncertainty. The recent pandemic has demonstrated just how fragile the global construct has become, inflicting chaos upon each and every one of us. One thing we know for certain: it is not the first time we witness such chaos and it definitely will not be the last. Therefore, the 18th DocNet Symposium will focus on the topic of thriving in such chaotic situations.

Please SAVE THE DATE: 20. November 2020!

This year again, you have the unique opportunity to participate in the selection of speakers. Tell us by e-mail (symposium@docnet-hsg.ch) which speakers you would like to hear at the Symposium. We are looking forward to many ideas and suggestions!

When & where: Friday, 22nd November, @ WBZ Holzweid

Further Information and Recommendations

COVID-19 Information for Doctoral Students


Various international universities have adopted provisions for young researchers whose research progress is affected by the measures to contain COVID-19. The HSG has decided the following for doctoral students:

1. Accepted conference contributions in the publication list will be considered as such even if the conferences have been cancelled. This can be noted in the CV accordingly.
2. Doctoral students whose research project has been delayed or who are unable to carry out their data collection/stays abroad etc. as planned should contact their supervisor. In agreement with the supervisor, they can contact the PhD Office, which will decide on a possible extension of the dissertation in a case-by-case examination together with the Vice-President, Research & Faculty.

Since it is currently unclear how long the crisis will last and how the backlog in research projects will develop, the HSG can take flexible and individual measures if necessary. The HSG recognizes that this situation can be particularly impactful in the specific climate of the university, where female academics are clearly underrepresented as well as in a culturally more traditional Switzerland, and will pay particular attention to the situation of female doctoral students with supervision obligations.

PhD Podcast from Vienna


Desk Reject: der PhD-Cast“ is a (German/Austrian) podcast, born out of the many trials and tribulations that postgraduate students have to go through during their PhD studies. That includes, but certainly isn’t limited to, completing their thesis. Unfortunately, not every postgraduate student has the benefit of operating in a large department where they can share their concerns or questions with colleagues, which we assume is part of the reason for the high percentage of doctoral students with mental health issues. Based on the frequent conversations amongst colleagues during collective lunch breaks at the WU, in which it became increasingly clear that most of us don’t know what we are doing, we (that is: Sopherl, Sasha, Didi and Boris) decided to make our adventures as PhD students accessible to a broader audience. With this podcast we hope to inform, entertain and from time to time also baffle our colleagues around the world (as long as they understand German) with monthly episodes in which we tackle specific topics in conversation amongst each other, or by inviting seasoned scholars to chime in (a.o. Jelena Spanjol – LMU; Frank Nagle – HBS, Soren Salomo – TU Berlin).

Some of the previous topics include: Reasons for embarking on a PhD, how to deal with stress and anxiety, how the conference cycle works, why networking is such an integral part of research or what is the deal with external PhDs.

To give them a listen, you can find them on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or by searching the name “Desk Reject: der PhD-Cast” on any podcast player of choice. To stay up to date about new episodes follow them on Instagram or Twitter. Or get in touch with them via e-mail deskreject.podcast@gmail.com.

DocNet Event Calendar Subscription!


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Follow DocNet on Professional Networks!


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DocNet Job Portal - Find your Career Opportunity!


You are in the final stage of your dissertation? You are looking for the next step in your career?

Then our Job Portal is worth a visit! Browse through job offerings from esteemed companies tailored to PhDs, that will bring your career up to speed.

Young Investigator Programme: Events and Workshops Spring 2020!


Our events are free of charge for HSG PhD-students. If you want to register for any of our courses or have questions please send an email to yip@unisg.ch

Please contact the YIP directly in case of any questions regarding further program changes due to the corona virus.

PhD Writing Group
Need to have pages written? Our PhD Writing Group offers time and space for your writings (every Friday morning). You get the chance to develop a writing routine and increase productivity.

Would you like to join? Just drop us an email: yip@unisg.ch

Courses and Events for Ph.D. students at the research stage and early Postdocs/Assistant Professors
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PhD-Writing Group
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Individual support with creating a mentoring-tandem
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Conference Skills: Presenting and Discussing Research
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Projectmanagement for applied research
tba
Project Dissertation: Getting it done
tba
Decision making for mid-career researchers
12-14 May
Home-Office-Writing-Retreat
tba
Visualizing my literature review
26 May
Academic Writing Toolbox: Towards the Ideal Text


Courses and Events for Ph.D. students at the coursework stage

ongoing
PhD-Writing Group
ongoing
Individual support with creating a mentoring-tandem
tba
Projectmanagement for applied research
tba
Getting started with your Ph.D Project: The successful path
12-14 May
Home-Office-Writing-Retreat
tba
Visualizing my literature review
26 May
Academic Writing Toolbox: Towards the Ideal Text
27-28 May
The productive PhD: gaining clarity, creating insights and making progress


We wish you all the best with your PhD-studies, and thank you all for this amazing past year!

Your DocNet-Team

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