Get Together on March 28

We warmly invite you to a get-together evening of all graduate students of the FAU on Thursday, 28th of March 07:00 PM in the pub Palais Schaumburg (Kernstr. 46, 90429 Nürnberg). We hope to see you there! No registration needed. If you have any questions about the event or your doctorate, we are looking forward to help you.

The next get-together with information about the upcoming university elections and how you can become part of the next doctoral candidates’ representatives (see also About Us) is planned for April 30 in Erlangen. Save the date!

Get Together on 11th of February

We warmly invite you to a Get Together evening of all graduate students of the FAU on Monday, 11th of February 07:30 PM in the pub StarClub (Stubenlohstraße 25, 91052 Erlangen). It’s a good opportunity to meet fellow doctoral candidates from other disciplines and most importantly spend a wonderful evening. No registration needed.

If you have any questions concerning the Get Together or about your doctoral process in general, we are looking forward to help you. In case you have ideas or wishes for additional PhD Get Togethers we are looking forward to hear from you or just drop an e-mail directly with

Enrollment for Doctoral Candidates | Immatrikulation zum Promotionsstudium

Doctoral Candidates at the FAU can enrol as students. This costs semester fees of 116 Euros, but we benefit from discounts in the universities canteens or the Semesterticket, for instance. More information about how to enrol, can be found here.
The re-registration starts on 1. of February, so don’t forget to transfer this sum in time, if you want to stay enrolled. Usually the enrolment for doctoral candidates is limited to 6 terms. However, if there any problems or if you reach the 6 semester limit, free to contact us – we will help you.

Thank you all for coming… Kneipenabend am 27.11.18 – Schön war’s!

— English version below —

Schön, dass Ihr unserem Aufruf am Montag so zahlreich gefolgt seid und im Anschluss an die offizielle Veranstaltung in der Orangerie zum Kennenlernen kamt, zu dem der Promovierendenkonvent Euch herzlich eingeladen hat!

Über den regen Zulauf haben wir uns sehr gefreut und hoffen, dass Ihr auch beim nächsten Kneipenabend wieder dabei sein werdet! Über unseren Blog könnt Ihr ganz einfach am Laufenden bleiben und erfahrt alle wichtigen Termine!

Schön war’s, sagt Eure gewählte Promovierendenvertretung!

P.S.: Es wurden im Kanapee die auf dem Foto zu sehenden Damenhandschuhe gefunden. Außerdem werden Herrenhandschuhe vermisst. Die Dame, die also aus Versehen die Herrenhandschuhe eingepackt hat, darf sich gerne bei uns melden, dann arrangieren wir einen Rück-Tausch! 😉

Thanks a lot to all who joined us for our get-together on Monday after the official welcome-statements of the Vice-President and the FAU-Graduate Centre to all new PhD-students at FAU!

We very much enjoyed meeting you!

Hopefully, this was only the first time that you visited our „Kneipenabend“ and many times will follow. To keep up to date, please check out our „Calendar“-section!

P.S.: This pair of gloves for women was found in Kanapee afterwards and there is also a pair of gloves for men missing. So the woman, who took the men’s gloves with her by accident is warmly welcomed to talk to us, so that we can arrange an exchange! 😉


Invitation to Feedback Meeting for Doctoral Candidates and PhD Students at the Faculty of Engineering

To address recent developments at the Faculty of Engineering, we invite all doctoral candidates and PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering to a feedback meeting. Especially formal regulations about how to use own publications in doctoral theses is an urgent but not yet consensual answered question. Hence, we would like to discuss the following issues with you:
– How to cite your own papers in your thesis: What is the current situation and what solution should we pursue?
– Cumulative Theses: Not permitted at our faculty yet, but it is worthwhile?
– Industry financed „scholarships“ instead of employments: Is it a problem at the Faculty of Engineering?
– The formal regulations for your thesis & defense?

When: Thursday, 22nd of November 2018, starting at 18:00
Where: K1, Erwin-Rommel-Straße 60, 91058 Erlangen

We are looking forward to a vivid discussion. No registration needed. If you have any questions and suggestions, please contact us!

News 11/18

Last week we sat together and discussed some topics that are currently being debated at our university. Among these were:

  • Changes in the FAU’s General Doctoral Regulations (Rahmenpromotionsordnung)
  • Possible (dis-)advantages of W1 Junior Professor positions
  • The amendment of the Universities bylaws (Novellierung der Grundordnung)

We also talked about upcoming and planned social events. There will be a Get Together (Kneipenabend) on the night of the Kick-Off Event for the Academic Year 2018/19 (Auftaktveranstaltung für Promovierende) directly after the event. We will soon inform you about the time and place.

We will also consider other events in the near future like a group hike, brewery visit or guided city tour. If you have any thoughts and suggestions on this (or any other topic) we are happy to hear from you!

Brown Bag Break – Tue, 13 Nov 2018, 5 p.m.

It’s time for another Brown Bag Break at FAU! A great opportunity for networking beyond your current research project, to get in touch with young researchers from other disciplines and to share ideas.

This time it is once more up to the Faculty of Sciences to host the event. The key part will be a presentation by DAAD Visiting Professor Francisco Zaragoza (Chair for Economy, Discrete Optimization, Mathematics) about his career in Science: „There is no Shorter Path – An Academic Career in Optimization”.

In addition, Referat F2 will quickly introduce us to FAU’S new Digital Tech Academy. All presentations will be given in English.

When: Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 5 p.m. (17 Uhr)

Where: H2, Egerlandstraße 3, 91058 Erlangen

All further information can be found here.

2018-10-02: Kneipenabend – Grad Student Get-Together

We would like to invite you to a Get Together of all graduate students on Tuesday, 2nd of October, starting from 19:30 in the bar Palais Schaumburg (Kernstraße 46, 90429 Nürnberg, near S-Bahn station Rothenburgerstraße).

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow doctoral candidates from other disciplines and spend a wonderful evening. No registration needed.
If you have any questions concerning the Get Together or about your doctoral process in general, we look forward to helping you:

We hope to see you there!

Registration for FAU Graduates Centers Seminars starts on 1st of October

The new seminar program of the FAU Graduate Centre is online and registration will be available from 9 am on Monday, 1 October 2018. You can find all relevant information here:

If you have any suggestions and wishes for further seminar topics, let us or the Graduate Centre know. We discuss the program regularly and try the best to adapt it to the doctoral candidates’ demands.