First PhD Science Day at GSI
On Monday, August 26, 2013 the first PhD Science Day was held for GSI's doctoral candidates. Approx. 80 PhD students of GSI departments and the 37 GSI summer students took part in the event aimed at furthering the interaction between the PhD's and the team spirit.
The PhD students were welcomed Professor Dr. Karlheinz Langanke. head of the GSI Research Division. Afterwards some motivation words from Professor Dr. Peter Senger, Board of Collaborations at FAIR, and about career opportunities for young scientists from Inti Lehmann (FAIR GmbH) were held. Former PhD students informed the participants about their time at GSI and their experiences. 26 PhD students used the opportunity to present their research in a poster exhibition. The two best contributions by Heidi Schuldes (HADES) and Iurii Sorokin (CBM) were awarded with a certificate.
GSI PhD student Pradeep Ghosh organized the event that will be repeated annually in the future. "A joint event of GSI's doctoral candidates is important for knowing each other and staying informed about research activities at the Institute. It can help to strengthen the cooperation between the departments", he said. "GSI hosts more than 150 PhD students. Having a dedicated day is a step forward to bring all of us together and discuss science. We want to communicate, evolve, promote science and learn about recent developments and career opportunities for young researchers."
Ghosh is also one of six representatives of the Helmholtz Juniors at GSI and Spokesperson for PhD-Survey Group at Helmholtz-Juniors a network of PhD students of the whole Helmholtz Association. They plan a central event of all Helmholtz Centers in the future.
Also the 37 summer students visiting GSI were invited to join the event and to gain a broader insight into the GSI research and its success stories. Ghosh hopes that it can inspire them to consider their own PhD career at GSI.