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Dear DocNet Member,

Thanks for being part of our community and for your interest in our cultural, professional, sports, and social events! We are excited to organize more of them for you. Make sure to also check out the calls and courses of our appreciated partners below.

At a glance

  1. DocHike - 5 Lakes Hike Pizol - Cancelled due to weather forecast!
  2. Bodenseelauf - DocNet Running Team - Register now!
  3. DocHike Säntis Breakfast - Register now!
  4. DocNet Lunch in July
  5. DocNet Running Team
  6. DocNet-DAC Get-Together in Zurich - Save the Date!
  7. 18th DocNet Symposium - Save the Date!
  8. DocNet Event Calendar Subscription
  9. DocNet Job Portal - Find your Career Opportunity!
  10. FHSG+ Summer Hike
  11. Sailing on Lake Constance
  12. Strenghts Recogition Training at UZH
  13. Young Investigators Programme: Events and Workshops Summer 2020
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DocHike - 5 Lakes Hike Pizol - Cancelled due to weather forecast!

It’s been a while since our last in-person event, but we haven’t been idle. As we feel that outdoor events are most prudent to start with, we are happy to invite you to hiking the five-lakes hike in the Pizol area with us. The hike itself is 4-5 hours, excluding the gondola ride from Wangs and back. It’s a proper hike, so make sure to bring adequate shoes (no flip-flops or sneakers), clothes, water and snacks to make it all the way. You’ll be rewarded by stunning views both over the Rhine-valley and Walensee. Also, there’s plenty of mountain huts where we can rest for a break and a well-deserved bite to eat.

We’ll meet at Pizolbahn valley station (Talstation) at 9:45 on 28 June 2020. There’s a train from SG main station at 8:25 to Sargans, and a bus from there to the gondola. The prices for the gondola (up and down) are 23 CHF with Halbtax or GA, 45 CHF without. Please register below so that we know whom to expect.

Note! Due to remaining snow and uncertain weather forecast (thunderstorms), we have to cancel the hike. We’ll evaluate in the coming days if we can squeeze in another try later in the year.

Bodensee Run - DocNet Running Team

To celebrate the return of team activities, we will also organize a run to Lake Constance on July 7. We run from the university sports hall to Steinach (Lake Constance); there we will have a well-deserved rest – and maybe a beer at Connys Hafenbeizli, corona situation permitting of course – before we are heading back to St. Gallen by bus. The length of the track is roughly 13.5km and is mostly going downward (there are 3-4 short upward passages).

We will start at 19:00 in front of the university sports hall. Pace will be roughly 6:00 minutes per kilometer, sort of an intermediate speed. On regular running team on Tuesday evenings, we will train for this run. Starting slowly and casually on June 9, we will increase our speed and distance every week to be fully prepared for the Bodenseelauf. Come join us for these workouts!
We would be delighted if you could join and spend a great run with us to Lake Constance and have a drink there-after. We hope that the weather will sunny, but we will keep you updated about our plans in case it is raining.
Pizol Hike

DocHike Säntis Breakfast

Dear DocNet hiking folks, on Saturday, 11th of July, we have a very special early-bird event planned for you. We will have breakfast at the summit of the Säntis – the highest mountain in the Alpstein with an altitude of over 2,500 metres. To reach the mountain, we will start at the Schwägalp and hike our way up on the direct way. During the hike, we can enjoy breathtaking views over the Swiss mountains.

We will meet at 6:00 am at the St.Gallen train station (north exit, “Fachhochschule St. Gallen (FHSG)”). We then drive (with cars) to the Schwägalp, where we start our hike at 6:45 am. At the Säntis summit, we will enjoy breakfast together. Afterwards, we use the Schwebebahn (cable car) back to the Schwägalp and drive back to St.Gallen.

The hike will only take place in case of good weather. A final notification (confirmation or cancellation of the event) will be sent to everyone who registered the day before. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Fauser.

The tickets are free of charge, however you will have to cover the price for the breakfast (26.50 CHF) and the ride with the Schwebebahn (19 CHF with Halbtax/GA or CHF 38 without) yourselves.

For drivers, DocNet will cover the Säntis-Zmorge (breakfast).
We are looking forward to exploring the Alpstein with you!

DocNet Lunch in July

Join us and your fellow PhD colleagues for our monthly lunch meet-up! The hassle-free opportunity to get to know your fellow PhD students, exchange ideas, and to unwind for a moment while having lunch.

When & where: Wednesday, July 16th, 12.00pm @ HSG-Mensa

DocNet Running Team

Interested in getting to know the best running tracks around St.Gallen or tired of running alone? Then join our DocNet Running Team! We get together once a week for a breath of fresh air and some exercise. We meet at 7.00 pm at the University Sports Hall and then make our way through the nearby Rotmonten running trails. No registration necessary, just pop by!

The running group is intended for both beginners and advanced runners. We will run at (almost) all weather conditions! If you need more information, write to Joachim (

When & where: Every Tuesday, 7.00 pm @ In front of University Sports Hall

Save the Date - DocNet-DAC Get-Together in Zurich

Take the chance and join us at our DocNet meets DAC event which is a special edition of our DocDrinks. The DAC is the association for doctoral alumni from the HSG and together we host joint events annually to keep close ties. We are sure that the exchange with former doctoral students will be exciting and of course a lot of fun.

When? Thursday, 23.07., 8pm
Where? Zurich, the exact location will be announced soon!

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 ( which speakers you would like to hear at the Symposium. We are looking forward to many ideas and suggestions!

When & where: Friday, 20th November 2020, @ WBZ Holzweid

DocNet Event Calendar Subscription!

Never miss an DocNet event ever again! Stay updated by subscribing to the DocNet event calendar in your calendar app (such as Outlook) of choice! Instructions here.

Further Information and Recommendations

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.

FHSG+ Summer Hike

The FHSG+ Hiking Group is a private initiative, open to members of all research institutions in St.Gallen. Alumni, friends, family and partners are all cordially invited.
The next hike will take place on the 5 July 2020:
  • Route: Urnäsch - Chammhalden - Schwägalp
  • Time: ca. 4.5 hours
  • Ascent: 1000m, Descent: 500m, Distance: 12 km
  • Meeting point: 8:55 in front of the Coop at the St.Gallen train station
  • Departure: 9:07, Platform 2
  • Return: ca. 17:00
  • Lunch: Out of the backpack
In case of questions or to discuss the next route, don't hesitate to contact Rhea:

Sailing on Lake Constance

Dear doctoral students

We are a small pool of doctoral students who sail regularly on Lake Constance. We would like to expand our group - both experienced sailors and beginners are welcome. To keep it simple, we have started a WhatsApp group for everyone interested. Depending on the wind we go out on the water 1-2 times a week - we will communicate the dates in the group and you can get in touch spontaneously. We will sail either on the J70 or on H-boats of the sailing school Delfino in Staad. Costs per person are about 8-10 CHF per hour. If you are interested, please contact Hannah Leimert ( and Max Richter ( with your telephone number and your previous knowledge and expectations. We are looking forward to having you with us!

Strengths Recognition Training at UZH

For the study "Strengths Recognition Training - Training to Assess the Character Strengths of Strangers" by the University of Zurich they are still looking for test persons who are willing to train their ability to recognize character strengths. As a thank you for your full participation, you can receive a summary of the study results and individual feedback on your assessment performance. Find more information here.

Young Investigator Programme: Events and Workshops Summer 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

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:

Courses and Events for Ph.D. students at the research stage and early Postdocs/Assistant Professors
PhD-Writing Group
Individual support with creating a mentoring-tandem
Conference Skills: Presenting and Discussing Research
Projectmanagement for applied research
Decision making for mid-career researchers
Doing Research, but how? (German)

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

PhD-Writing Group
Individual support with creating a mentoring-tandem
Getting started with your Ph.D Project: The successful path
Doing Research, but how? (German)

We wish you all the best with your PhD-studies, and look forward seeing you soon!

Your DocNet-Team

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