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The DocTeam represents the interest of Jülich doctoral researchers. It is involved in various bodies at Forschungszentrum Jülich to improve general conditions for doctoral researchers. In addition, the DocTeam organizes lectures with internal and external speakers to improve doctoral researchers’ knowledge of the institutional and scientific context of research at Jülich. A key aspect of the DocTeam’s activities is the exchange of ideas and opinions. It also organizes parties, football tournaments, and regular meetups, allowing doctoral researchers to get to know each other better.

The DocTeam meets in the “gegenüber” café in the Central Library every month to discuss current projects and topics. It represents a great opportunity to have fun and meet other doctoral researchers.


Crisis counselling

Working on a doctoral project is an exciting time – with many experiments, simulations, and interesting challenges to be explored. But it is also a time that can lead to periods of particular frustration or stress. All doctoral researchers might experience such situations at some point during their doctoral projects and there are many ways of dealing with this. The first step is usually to reach out to your day-to-day supervisor or doctoral supervisor. If, however, you do not feel comfortable contacting your supervisors or they are unable to help you, for whatever reason, there are many services on campus that can provide you with additional support.

If you are unsure who to contact, the DocTeam is always a good place to start and gather information. Furthermore, all support services are interlinked, meaning if one of the experts believes you require support from more than one service, they will cooperate with others, provided you give your permission (each service is bound to confidentiality). It is best to avoid contacting multiple support services yourself, as this can lead to confusion and miscommunication.

social counselling