Support Services

Coping with conflicts and challenges during the PhD studies

During your PhD studies, you may encounter different challenges, such as conflicts with your supervisor or colleagues, difficulties in finishing the PhD thesis, stress and exhaustion, decrease of motivation etc. There are several possibilities to get support in such cases.

The PhD program coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available as a neutral contact person you can turn to confidentially. She will direct you to the suitable university support services and/or organize external support (coaching, mediation etc.).

You can also contact the support services at your university directly:

FU Berlin
https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/drs/phd/services/advice/conflict/index.html

TU Berlin
https://www.tudoc.tu-berlin.de/menu/doctoral_research/welcome_at_tu_berlin/counselling_service_for_doctoral_candidates/parameter/en/

HU Berlin
https://www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/en/services-en

University of Potsdam
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/pogs/ueber-uns/team.html (Studio Promovierende)
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/gleichstellung/ziele-und-aufgaben-von-gleichstellungsarbeit/beratung-und-unterstuetzung.html
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/senat/ombudspersonen/ombudsperson-wiss-fehlverhalten.html

 

Useful links and resources

PhD Career Stories podcast contains stories and experiences of people who have taken different career paths after completing their doctoral studies

Master's Program Computational Sciences

The CRC 1114 initiated a novel interdisciplinary and international Master's program Computational Sciences, which has been successfully implemented in cooperation of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department with the Biology–Chemistry–Pharmacy, Geo-Sciences, and Physics Departments of FU Berlin. The aim is to train a generation of young scientists with interdisciplinary backgrounds, well versed in modern techniques of mathematical modelling and scientific computing, and with excellent backgrounds in at least one of the CRC’s application areas.

The Master’s program was launched in the winter semester 2016/17. Its curriculum combines mathematical and computational courses with courses in a natural science application field, currently to be chosen from molecular sciences, atmospherical sciences, or geosciences. The program directors Frank Noé and Rupert Klein are PIs in the CRC 1114.

Webpage of the Master's program Computational Sciences: http://www.compsci.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html

Nina Fabjancic

Dr. Nina Fabjančič

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics Institute

CRC 1114 "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems"

Address Arnimallee 9
Room 004
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 838 60935
Fax +49 (0)30 838 475367
Email nina.fabjancic[at]fu-berlin.de

SCCS Wiki

At the 4th PhD Workshop in July 2017, the PhD students initiated a “CRC 1114 Dictionary” and started working on definitions of some most prominent concepts and notions used in the specific languages of the various disciplines in the CRC. Particular efforts were made to identify and alleviate misunderstandings emerging from the lack of a common language: The same terms sometimes have different meanings in different disciplines while different terms may be used to denote the same facts. The CRC Dictionary was subsequently launched as a “SCCS Wiki” and presented to all CRC members at the SCCS Days in November 2017. CRC members committed to regularly contributing to the Dictionary, e.g., by adding major concepts and notions from their Colloquium talks. With the constant expansion of the CRC Dictionary, the CRC further intensifies its efforts towards overcoming scientific language barriers and enhancing interdisciplinary communication.

The SCCS Wiki is located at the FU Wiki portal https://wikis.fu-berlin.de/display/sccswiki and is accessible to the CRC members only.

CRC members at FU Berlin can log in with their Zedat account. CRC members from other institutions have received their log-in data from the FU CeDis in February 2019. If you cannot access the SCCS Wiki, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is a short how-to article which will guide you through the basic steps of creating and editing entries. A link to it is located at the main page. All CRC members are invited to add, edit, or comment on Wiki entries.

 

Kristine Al Zoukra

Dr. Kristine Al Zoukra

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics Institute

CRC 1114 "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems"

Address Arnimallee 9
Room 004
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 838 72057
Fax +49 (0)30 838 475367
Email alzoukra[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de
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