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HIGRADE encourages networking among doctoral researchers at the UFZ. Exchange and interaction between doctoral researchers, often with different scientific backgrounds, help establish a peer support network, encourage (interdisciplinary) scientific discussions and support the development of valuable organizational and communication skills. Networking among doctoral researches at the UFZ occurs in a variety of settings from interactions between individual researchers, to the departmental, thematic area and UFZ-wide level. Networking is an important part of all HIGRADE events (DocDays, HIGRADE Conference, Welcome Meeting) and HIGRADE directly promotes networking between doctoral researchers by supporting “PhD-Teams”.