Information day – May 2013

Applicants to the Graduate School visited the university on May 13 for an information day. The GSDS representatives gave detailed information about the university, the Graduate School, the study plan and the organisation of the school. Each student had two interviews with professors of the GSDS.

The Women’s Dilemma -How to Build a Family AND an Academic Career - Workshop May 2013

The GSDS invited three participants – Prof. Kathleen Cunningham (University of Maryland), Prof. Nathalie Behnke (University of Konstanz), and Prof. Gerald Schneider (University of Konstanz) – to share their experiences with junior researchers. The participants discussed the main hurdles in combining work and family life, why the situation has not improved much in recent years, and what steps can be taken to helpfemale (and male) academics balance family and career.The panel discussion highlighted two main paths to combining career and family. First, discipline and  coordination can compensate barriers such as the lack of childcare or temporary working contracts. Second, women and partners able to plan their careers together stand better chances of successfully meeting professional challenges and a healthy family life. The workshop was held on May 28, 2013 at the University of Konstanz.

Neuere Entwicklungen der Modellierung der dynamischen Sozialprozesse, Workshop June 27-29, 2013

Prof. Dr. Susumu Shikano, University of Konstanz and Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Research Group "Dynamics of collective decision making".

1st GSDS Science Slam – December 2013

The first GSDS Science Slam – organised by the student representatives – took place on December 2. Ten GSDS students and four Junior Professors gave short overview of their research projects in a funny and entertaining way. At the end, the audience elected the day’s winner. See: Unikon 53 (page 28)