Doctoral Students Convention
Welcome to the Doctoral Students Convention of Heidelberg University!
You are a doctoral researcher at Heidelberg University?
Then we are happy to welcome you as a member of the Doctoral Students Convention! That is because it is composed of all doctoral researchers accepted by one of Heidelberg University's faculties. The Doctoral Students Convention represents their interests towards the different committees within the university as well as in all external affairs.
If you want to help us improving the conditions during the doctoral phase, there are many different ways to get involved. We would like to show you how:
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Theresia Bauer, the Minister of Science, has reacted to the protests of the doctoral student conventions and the initatives of affected PhD researchers. In an official statement (sent on May 30), she announced that, while the planned cuts will take place, already started projects will definitely remain funded by LGF money. Moreover, she declared herself in favour of focusing future LGF funding on the humanities and the so-called small disciplines. Representatives of the doctoral students conventions will also take part in the next meeting of the responsible working group of the ministry. You can find the full statement here (in German).
We are protesting against the planned cuts of the Landesgraduiertenförderung. We wrote a protest letter to the responsible Ministry of Science in Stuttgart. You can find our statement here (in German). If you are affected by the cuts, please do not hesitate to contact us!
There is now an online petition against the planned cuts.
The parliament of the state of Baden-Württemberg has passed the changes in the HRWeitG law on 07.03.2018. You can find more information on the pages of the Ministry of Science. You can find the exact wording of the law here.
On Friday 8th of December 2017, representatives of all Doctoral Students Conventions in Baden-Württemberg met with Minister of Science Theresia Bauer in Heidelberg to discuss the latest changes in the HRWeitEG draft law before it is going to be debated in the state parliament. You can find a summary of the outcomes here.
Yesterday, on the 8th of November 2017, the new executive committee of the Doctoral Students Convention was elected during the annual general assembly. An overview of the nine elected members of the executive committee can be found here.
The Forum of Doctoral Students Conventions in Baden-Württemberg discussed the planned legal changes for doctoral researchers described in the HRWeitEG draft law extensively and published a joint statement (in German) on these. The Doctoral Students Convention of Heidelberg University participated in writing this statement and fully supports it.
In mid September the state government of Baden-Württemberg published the so-called HRWeitEG draft law which introduces several changes to the state university law, including some significant changes for all doctoral researchers. Because of that the Doctoral Students Convention organised an info event last week in which the planned legal changes were presented and discussed. You can find a summary of this in this presentation.