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Activities PhD+

The peer group offered a valuable platform for networking and personal exchange, as well as for skills and qualifications beyond what the NCCR doctoral program offers. It organized a range of informal and more formal events and workshops that were also open to male colleagues wherever appropriate.

February 2010

Establishment of the peer group PhD+

Since February 2010

Peer group lunches:

Our regular peer group lunches allow us to meet in an informal setting to share our experiences as well as information. The lunch meetings are also used for organizational purposes.

April 2010

Joint apéro with Stepping Stone, the peer group of phase I.

At this event, we met our colleagues from phase I and learnt about the activities, experiences, and opportunities they had had over the past four years.

June 2010

Methods refresher course with Lucas Leemann (Columbia University).

This two-day course was open to all PhD students from the NCCR Democracy. It provided an opportunity to refresh our knowledge of quantitative methods and statistical tools.

December 2010

Online time management course "Zeit und Ziele für Wissenschaftlerinnen" (time and target management for scientists).

The individualised online training  and coaching transmits key competencies in implementing career strategies. It is offered by Dr. Caroline Cornelius, head of Caro Line and Caro Online.

December 2010

Christmas lunch with our mentors, Profs. Sandra Lavenex (University of Lucerne) and Fabrizio Gilardi (University of Zurich).

Over an informal lunch, the peers had the opportunity to meet with our mentors, two NCCR Democracy faculty members. The mentors shared their experiences with an academic career with us.

January 2011

Methods course with Lucas Leemann (Columbia University). Lucas Leemann offered some insights into advanced Stata syntax in this half-day hands-on workshop.

February 2011

Methods course with Prof. Marco Steenbergen (University of Bern). NCCR Democracy faculty and expert in research methods gave a two-day intensive course on scale analysis and index building to all doctoral students.

March 2011

Guest talk by Nenad Stojanovic (Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau). Nenad Stojanovic inaugurated the PhD+ lecture series with his talk on "The integrative power of direct democracy in a multilingual society". With the lecture series, the peer group hopes to make accessible academic debates on key issues of the NCCR Democracy to a wider audience.

April 2011

Methods course with Prof. Marco Steenbergen (University of Bern). After the success of the February class, the peer group organised, jointly with the doctoral school, another two-day intensive course in statistics. The course this time focused on multivariate analysis.

May 2011

Coaching with Sarah Shephard (ETH Zurich). In this one-day workshop, Sarah Shephard, an experienced human developer, worked with the peer group and other interested PhD students on networking and making an impression at scientific conferences.

September / October 2011

Teaching at the university level, with Annette Tettenborn (Pädagogische Hochschule Zentralschweiz). This two-day course ("Das Lernen Organisieren") provided an overview over how to plan and implement a course at the university level, be it a lecture, tutorial, or seminar.

December 2011

Causal Inference workshop with Dominik Hangartner (University of Bern). This causal inference course provided an introduction to statistical methods used in causal inference. Using the potential outcomes framework of causality, topics covered included research designs such as randomized experiments and observational studies.

March 2012

Guest talk and informal discussion with Claudia Wiesner (Finnish Centre of Excellence on Political Thought and Conceptual Change). After a talk on "National European debates - a means of European Identity formation and EU democratisation?", Claudia Wiesner shared her experiences as a female researcher in the academic world.

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