LINGUIST List 26.4723

Fri Oct 23 2015

Confs: General Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 23-Oct-2015
From: Alexandra Rehn <>
Subject: DGfS-Doktorandenforum
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Date: 23-Feb-2016 - 23-Feb-2016
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact: Alexandra Rehn
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Doktorandenforum precedes the annual DGfS-conference and will take place for the sixth time in February 2016. It is a workshop on a topic of general interest to all PhD-students of linguistics and the main purpose is to give PhD-students an opportunity to meet. The topic of the next Doktorandenforum will be „Good Scientific Practice''. The programme will soon be available on the conference website.

Good scientific practice is a topic of great importance for anyone working in academia!
When doing a PhD, candidates of course know that their work has to meet certain standards (e.g. when planning and running an experiment, when citing other researchers' works etc.) and do their best to fulfil them. Some of us are part of a team whereas others more or less work by themselves. Both groups might, however, face problems they might not have expected when starting their PhD.

Even though most people working in academia do their best to fulfil the requirements of good scientific practice this might unfortunately not always be the case. Problems may arise at any point in an academic career; but especially PhD students, who mostly work with people more advanced in their career, may experience conflicts caused by hierarchical relations. Sometimes difficulties also come up when working closely with your supervisor: the fact that we 'depend' on them might be part of it. He or she might ask you to work in a way you do not approve of or they might not be happy with the outcome of your work - but what can you do in that case? What if the results of your experiment simply do not tell the story your supervisor wants to hear?

Problems can also come up when publishing a paper: who has done the major part of the work, is your supervisor entitled to be named as co-author just because he provided you with the facilities to run your experiment etc.?
It is the duty of every supervisor to coach their PhD-students! But who do you talk to when things go wrong? What do you do when you have the feeling your supervisor is hardly ever available or does not want to help you? This is tricky because on the one hand you need their help, on the other hand you do not want to argue with them.

Issues like the ones listed above will be addressed in the workshop and the aim is to provide you with possible strategies to overcome them. Every German university has a so-called ombudsman/woman who is a neutral person and an expert concerning everything that is subsumed under the term 'good scientific practice'.
We are happy that our local ombudsman Prof. Dr. Maret will share his expertise with us on that matter!

There will be enough room to discuss the individual topics (and in addition, your questions as well as possible examples you might be able to provide from your own experience or that of others around you)!

The workshop will be held in English. Participation is free but you should register in advance, as the number of participants is limited! If you want to participate please send an e-mail to the e-mail address below.

Important: There will be a little pre-warm-up for those of you who already arrive Monday evening. Please let us know if you will join us for that when you register for the Doktorandenforum.

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