Graduate School HIGRADE

Supervision Concept

The doctoral researchers at UFZ are closely integrated in the research environment of their department. They are members of small working groups and actively take part in regular internal seminars by presenting their own work and engaging in scientific discussions.
The doctoral researchers are strongly encouraged to present their own work to the scientific community at, e.g., conferences, and submit at least one part of their research to a scientific journal within the 3-year PhD period. Furthermore, the supervisors will facilitate research visits to and stays at other laboratories.

For more information, please have a look at the Mission Statement on the Structured Doctoral Programme at the UFZ.

Personal Supervision Team

Each doctoral researcher at UFZ is supported by a personal supervision team. These teams consist of 3-4 representatives: the supervisor in charge and a second supervisor (both from UFZ), the supervisor at the university (where the candidate will submit his/her thesis), and a personal advisor (usually an independent scientist from the UFZ). The supervision team meets the candidate at least 5 times during her/his 3 year project to discuss and counteract potential problems. The supervision team will assist the fellow in the definition of objectives, the elaboration of a detailed work plan and the development of a personal career development plan.

Semi-Annual Mutual Evaluation

Work progress is monitored through regular departmental seminars and semi-annual progress reports submitted to the team of supervisors. At the HIGRADE conference, doctoral researchers in the second year/ beginning of third year present their thesis to the entire UFZ audience.

Good Scientific Practice


All researchers at the UFZ have to follow the Principles for Ensuring Good Scientific Practice, more information: here (UFZ internal)


As your contribution to support HIGRADE and further publicity of the program, please, add the following to your publications (Status: before "in print"), posters and presentations: "This work was kindly supported by Helmholtz Impulse and Networking Fund through Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE). (Bissinger & Kolditz 2008)"
Citation: Bissinger, V & Kolditz, O 2008. Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE). GAIA 1(2008):71-73.
Please provide the HIGRADE office with a pdf of your publications.


If you have problems or questions concerning your supervision, don't hesitate to contact  HIGRADE

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News & Events

HIGRADE Welcome Meeting for new PhDs:

14 April 2015, 2 p.m., seminar room 220, building 1.0, UFZ Leipzig

HIGRADE Spring Conference: 29 April 2015, UFZ Leipzig more info

HIGRADE CareerCafé: 30 April 2015, UFZ Leipzig more info

PhD Retreat "DocDays":  4-5 Nov 2015, Colditz

HIGRADE Fall Conference: 17 Nov 2015, UFZ Leipzig

Information for HIGRADE members