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Postdoc Association HZB

Introduction to the HZB-PA

The postdoc association at HZB is all about bringing postdocs together on a social as well as on an academic level. We aim to achieve this by organizing seminars and social events, and offering soft skill courses. The agenda for up-coming events can be found in the right panel. If you have an idea how the HZB-PA can help you with your scientific career, personal development, and social contacts then feel free to contact us!

Regular meetings

Postdoc After Work Drinks: Joining this monthly social event is a great chance to meet, chat with, commiserate or congratulate (science can be fickle) fellow HZB postdocs over some nice drinks and food. We organise our Stammtisch (regular table) on a monthly basis where we meet for food or for suggested fun activities, usually somewhere between Wannsee and Adlershof. Exact time and place will be sent to you via our mailing list. We always appreciate it if you let us know that you are joining by sending our council (pa-council@listserv.dfn.de) an email.

Postdoc coffee: Also on a monthly basis and often on a Thursday we meet around 3:30 PM at the canteen (Wannsee) or a determined place at the Adlershof campus for Coffee or in the Summer for some Tisch-Tennis and Coffee. 

Please don't hesitate to Subscribe to our mailing list using the instructions over there ----->


Research Programs and Funding

HZB are here to help Postdocs with Enquiries about research funding.

Here you can find useful links to funding organisations and to websites which may help when applying for a grant. If you find a link missing, please let us know.

We would also like to draw your attention to HZB department Technology Transfer and Innovation. If you have questions regarding proposals or funding options, contact the Team Members.

Berlin rent cap overturned by Germany's top court

In January 2020 new legislation has introduced a Rental Cap (Mietendeckel) to the federal state of Berlin, on March 25, 2021 that the law on rent limitation in housing in Berlin (MietWoG Bln) is not compatible with the Basic Law and is therefore void.

Please follow the links below to find out more. mietendeckel.berlin.deBerlin.de

You may also use this useful link to calculate the recommended price of rent in your area. 

German Language Courses

German language courses (From A1 to B2): Re-registeration for the German Language courses are to take place from December to January. If you are interested, we recommend you to contact Andrea Gibhardt or visit here to find out more. 

These courses are important to the development of HZB Employees, and attendance must be taken seriously. If you have just started it is possible to find a class who are at the same level as you. There is an Annual fee of €15/year for these classes and if you are registered this fee will be deducted from your salary at the end of an Annual Term (in November) and you will be contacted by Andrea Gibhardt.

Please be patient since class semesters tend to run on a 6 monthly basis, and it is necessary to wait for enough beginners to start a new A1 class. 

The Courses are run by an external Language School called Lingua Franca (www.lingua-franca.de/en/), who organise the classes, and teachers. Our main point of contact from Lingua Franca is Sabrina Bergmann (sabrina.bergmann@lingua-franca.de)

Past events:

1st Virtual Postdoc Day Dec 2020, where HZB Postdocs present and discuss their research, bringing together knowledge and expertise from a wide range of fields. 

Minigolf July 2019, Postdocs vs PhD students (Herzberg Platz)  - Of course the Postdocs won!!!, but it was close! After a very fun and competitive joint Stammtisch with the PhD students, they have now challenged us to a Volleyball match in Adlershof (Date, To Be Confirmed).

Group Photo - enlarged view

Minigolf 2019: Postdocs vs. PhD students

Mini Golf - enlarged view

Dr Breternitz starting things off with a hole in 1


The HZB-PA council

The HZB-PA is led by a council consisting of two co-chairs. The positions of co-chairs are filled by Hannes Hempel  (Wannsee) and Artem Musiienko, Igal Levine, Janardan Dagar, Mohamad Mawass (Adlershof). Mohamad Mawass acts as our WTR representative.

For questions about, and suggestions regarding how the HZB-PA can help you with your scientific career, personal development, and social contacts, then feel free to contact us at pa-council@listserv.dfn.de or with WhatsUp group.


Council Member

Dr. Janardan Dagar Telefon / Phone 030209366417

Council Member

Dr. Hannes Hempel Telefon / Phone (030) 8062 - 42235