For the legislative period of 2019/2020, the Promovierendenkonvent consists of the following members:
Peter Tschapek (Speaker)

As a doctoral student in electrical engineering, I represent the doctoral students of the Faculty of Engineering. Since June 2020, I am the elected speaker of the doctoral candidate representatives at the FAU for the remaining term until 30th September 2020. In this context, I represent the interests of doctoral students in the Senate, the University Council and the executive committee of the Council for Academic Staff.

In addition to my doctorate, I work as a research assistant at the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics. In my research, I mainly deal with phase noise processes in radar systems.

Helena Muster (Vice Speaker)

Hi! I am Helena Muster and your new vice speaker of the Promovierendenkonvent. I also represent the doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Science since October 2019 together with Simone Gehrer. Before getting elected, I have worked together with the members of the Promovierendenkonvent since December 2018. Through my work I want to fuel the exchange of experiences among doctoral candidates to enable mutual inspiration and support.

In my PhD I study how muscles are formed during the development of the fruit fly Drosophila. Since October 2018 the ARIADNETechNat Mentoring Program supports me.

Claudia Hachenberger

My name is Claudia Hachenberger. Since October 2019, I represent the PhD candidates of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. As a representative of doctoral candidates, I am member of the faculty council as well as of several commissions, e.g. the Commission for Research and Young Researchers, the Library Commission, or the Commission for Internationalisation.

I studied Ibero-Romance and English and American Studies (B.A.) and finished my master’s program „The Americas/Las Américas“ at the FAU in 2018. Since April 2018, I am working on my dissertation project titled “‘What if?’ – Literary Articulations of Political Perspectives (and Alternatives) in the Americas since the 1970s.”

Sabina Walter

My name is Sabina Walter and I am the second representative of the doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Humanities. I am a member of the Library Commission and the Commission for Ethics in Security-Relevant Resaerch (Kommission für Ethik sicherheitsrelevanter Forschung).

I studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and History and finished my stately exams in 2016. Since then I am working on a dissertational thesis on the „Style of Government of Thederic the Great“.

Florian Zeitner                                                    

My name is Florian Zeitner and I represent the doctoral candidates of the FAU School of Law since 2018. I attended law school at the University of Bayreuth and the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since my graduation in February 2018 I am working as a lecturer in public law and writing my doctoral thesis in public international law and environmental law under the supervision of Prof. Bernhard Wegener at the FAU-Institute of German, European and International Public Law.

I have experience in charitable activities and I try to share my knowledge as a lawyer also in the context of our discussions during the doctoral candidates‘ representatives meetings.
I furthermore serve as your delegate in the Commission for Internationalisation of the FAU. Therefore feel free to contact me, especially if you are writing your thesis in law or if you are an international student!

Laura Kölbl

My name is Laura Kölbl and I am an elected representative of the doctoral students of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law since October 2018.

I studied social sciences and statistics at the LMU in Munich. Since September 2017, I am research assistant at the chair of statistics and econometrics here at the FAU. My research mainly focusses on Machine Learning and the automated analysis of text documents.

Simone Gehrer

My name is Simone Gehrer and since October 2017 I am elected representative of the doctoral students of the Faculty of Science and thereby became a member of the Promovierendenkonvent of the FAU. Additionally, I represent the Promovierendenkonvent in the Steering Committee of the Graduate Centre as well as in the Commission for Equal Opportunities.

After finishing my masters in Integrated Life Science at the FAU in 2016, I started to work as a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Theoretical Physics I in 2017. My research mainly focuses on the mechanics and elasticity of biological tissue.

Thorsten Wißmann

During my bachelor and master studies in computer science at the FAU, I was an active member of the student parliament and now I’d like to continue working in this area. Since 2015, I’m a doctoral candidate at the chair for theoretical computer science.Beside doing research, I’m motivated to join the PhD student parliament. There, I want to cooperate with PhD students from our and other faculties not only in order to represent the collective of PhD students but also to contribute to the PhD experience at our university.

Benedikt Slavik

Hello! My name is Benedikt Slavik and I am part of the doctoral candidates’ representation as appointee for academic exchange. Since August 2017, I am doing my PhD at the chair of aroma and smell research, one of the two food chemistry chairs. There, we are interested in the identification, quantification and characterization of aroma active and volatile compounds surrounding our daily life. I have always been motivated in organizational and representative tasks and I am looking forward to realize your needs and wishes. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will help you with any concerns during your PhD!

Faculty of Medicine

Since there is no elected doctoral candidate representative for the Faculty of Medicine, we formed a Task Force. We want to help and consult doctoral candidates in case of formal problems with their doctoral process. This task force consists of elected representatives of other faculties and volunteers that are related to the Faculty of Medicine. You can contact us directly via

Former elected members
  • Jakob Gabriel until May 2020 (former speaker)
  • Timo Sestu until September 2019
  • Matthias Lexow until September 2019
  • Marie-Kristin Döbler until September 2019
  • Maria Lehmann until September 2019
  • Sabine Ebensperger until September 2018
  • Robert Prophet until September 2018 (former speaker)
  • Monika Doll until September 2018
  • Annika Clarner until September 2017 (former speaker)
  • Matthias Plennert until September 2017
  • Veikko Ruth until September 2017
  • Kerstin Lorek until September 2017