Get involved - Our Postdoc Representatives of the HZDR

In October, the HZDR Postdoc Representatives met for the first time to discuss goals and plan possible projects. The goal of the Postdoc Representatives is to represent the interests of all postdocs at the HZDR at all locations in order to open up opportunities for the postdocs to participate in shaping the HZDR.

Foto: HZDR Postdoc Representatives ©Copyright: Dr. Tino Gottschall

HZDR Postdoc Representatives

Source: Dr. Gottschall, Tino

In addition to representing the interests of the HZDR postdocs, the Postdoc Representatives want to improve networking among postdocs across disciplines and institutes, provide a framework for exchanging information about research, and be a point of contact for questions, problems, and suggestions.

The HZDR Postdoc Representatives are self-organized and work independently, so that the topic focus is up to the Postdoc Representatives.

The Postdoc Representatives (left to right): Dr. Svenja Lohmann - FWI  |  Dr. Stefan Dirlich - FWG  |  Dr. Lakshmi Bhaskaran - FWH  |  Dr. Tino Gottschall - FWH  |  Dr. Manja Kubeil - FWP | Dr. Wildan Abdussalam - FWU (not in the photograph)

Would you like to get involved and exchange ideas with the Postdoc Representatives? Feel free to contact the Postdoc Representatives via email at

GOOD TO KNOW - With the joint Postdoc Center HZDR-TUD, an elected postdoc council of postdocs from the HZDR and the TUD exists since May 2021. The council supports interdisciplinary networking and represents the interests of postdocs from both institutions. In this way, the council actively participates in the decision-making processes of the Graduate Academy of the TUD. Further information can be found here.

Postdoc Lab Tour at the HIF (Freiberg) in November 2022

The LabTour to the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology takes you into the world of raw materials, and tackles the challenges of a sustainable circular economy. The tour includes visits to the laboratories of the processing department, in which you can see and learn about the processing of materials from primary as well as secondary resources. In addition, you will have the chance to discover the newly built metallurgical pilot plant that will be the place for pyro- and hydrometallurgical experiments at pilot scale. Furthermore, the tour stops at the pilot plant for metal recovery built into two containers, which is able to extract copper, indium or other target elements from bioleaching solutions, and utilize it through electrolysis.

When? November 17, 2022 | 10am - 12pm (LabTour) | followed by a lunch from 12pm - 1pm

Where? HIF (Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology)

Please register here for our Lab Tour.

Foto: Postdoc Appreciation Week Logo ©Copyright: PAW

Past Events

Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022

This year, Germanyis had been joining the Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) for the first time, which originated in the US & UK, and offered a series of events in the week of 19-23 September 2022 that were specifically designed and held for postdocs. The events were offered by institutions allover Germany. You can download the program here.

Failure Slam - Postdoc Version on September 22, 2022

Are you tired of hearing highly polished success stories and picture-perfect ideas from other scientists? Not anymore! #FailureSlam brings you the most energetic and honest conversation about failures and learnings! No matter if you lost a grant, broke equipment, or got scooped - You get 5 minutes to tell us about your biggest failure and the key insight you took away from it. Join us as we celebrate all our “sh*t, sh*t, sh*t”-moments!

When? September 22, 2022 | 5-7pm

Where? Bottoms Up, Martin-Luther-Straße 31, 01099 Dresden

Please register here.

Dresden Postdocs of all academic backgrounds within and outside academia are welcome to participate!

Foto: Failure Slam Banner ©Copyright: Dr. Lakshmi Bhaskaran

Source: Dr. Lakshmi Bhaskaran