Article 5, paragraph 3 of our basic law in Germany states: Art and science, research and teaching are free. Freedom of teaching does not absolve faithfulness from the Constitution. It contradicts my understanding of democracy that the vast majority of lecturers and researchers cannot work freely in this field due to fixed-term employment contracts. In … Continue reading More freedom for teaching and research
We have to do more to protect the climate and preserve our natural resources. Scientists have compiled weighty arguments and formulated them in a statement as Scientists for Future. I support this statement. It is hard to make predictions, especially when only a single and complex world is available, but the underlying effects are well … Continue reading Scientists for our future
On March 9, 2019, scientists from the city of Dresden were honored with the Dresden Excellence Award. I am pleased that people are appreciated, and not buildings or projects are at the forefront, as I wished it in my post perspective academia.
It is difficult for scientists in Germany to continue working in academia long-term after completing a doctorate. They have to compete with each other for a small number of permanent positions. As an alternative, why not place the narrow bottleneck for long-term perspectives in research directly after the doctorate? On a fallow land, near the … Continue reading Perspective academia
For a scientist there is a need to communicate and discuss research findings. There are many ways to communicate. Besides the written form and a structured oral form—such as a talk or a lecture—informal personal communication is another common way to exchange ideas. Good communication within the scientific community also helps to be well integrated. … Continue reading Networking by personal communication