Joachim Herz Foundation supports young researchers with 250.000 Euro

The further development of graduate support at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena will be funded by Joachim Herz Foundation. Within the framework of the programme "connecting graduate support structures", the University Jena receives 250 000 Euro in total for the next four years, and is one of four supported universities in this programme.

"There are a lot of institutions supporting young researchers at universities, but most of them remain unconnected. With our funding, we want to help universities to bring together their offers and to further support their doctoral candidates," says Dr. Nina Lemmens, director of Joachim Herz Foundation.

"We are proud to be among the chosen universities," adds Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner, vice-president for young researchers and diversity management at FSU Jena. "The project allows us to develop some new offers for doctoral candidates and to deal with some problems like how scientists can be better prepared to manage the transition from academia into economy."

The funded project is called "Natural science in Economy and Society: Contact, mentoring, communication and cooperation" and aims at supporting young researchers in natural sciences. They should be better prepared to work in non-scientific areas and be supported in presenting their scientific results to a broad non-scientific audience. To accomplish these goals, a "career day", a mentoring programme as well as a short movie project will be implemented. On a more institutional level, legal standards shall be defined for cooperations between science and economy which will be tested in pilot schemes and afterwards be implemented in general.

The funding institution, Joachim Herz foundation, was established in 2008 and is one of the main german foundations. It works in the field of natural sciences, economy and identity development.

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