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Get your postdoc network going

Do you work as a postdoctoral researcher at Bremen University and would like to connect to other researchers in a similar position? Do you have ideas for collective or interdisciplinary projects? Would you like to be part of a group who support each other and further qualify together?
Founding a BYRD postdoc network offers all these opportunities. Together with at least two other postdocs at Bremen University, you create a network group concept indicating your undertakings and objectives. You then hand in this concept with your application for recognition as BYRD postdoc network.
Once accepted, you have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to EUR 2.500 per year for the following activities:

  • Organizing a conference
  • Inviting speakers for workshops and talks
  • Issuing co-authored publications
  • Running workshops with external trainers for career development, university didactics, science communication or collegial consultations

For regular meetings in your network, we at BYRD can support you with the necessary infrastructure such as a room with specific technical devices.
We explicitly invite (senior) researchers and (senior) lecturers within the newly built tenure track model to found networks.



If you have any questions or if you plan to build up a postdoc network, we will be happy to help. Please contact Dr. Imke Girßmann:
Imke.Girssmannprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de
0421 218 60329

How do I initiate a postdoc network?

  • Starting as a group of at least three members, put up the framework of your thematic direction under a significant title and a collective leitmotiv. The framework should be either interdisciplinary research topics or shared methodological respectively teaching concepts. Ideally, the group will consist of 6 or more members by the end of the first year.
  • Write a concept for your network project and explain how your single research projects will contribute to and benefit from the group activities (3 - 4 pages). Hand in a short description of your network activities in German and English for the BYRD website.
  • Announce one or two speakers who serve as contact persons for the network.  
  • Submit a yearly report on your network activities.



Current postdoc networks funded by BYRD

Logo des Postdoc-Netzwerks Inklusion Interdisziplinär

The network Inclusion Interdisciplinary (In+) aims to create a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on research and teaching in the field of inclusive education. More specifically, In+ is a place for constructive dialogue for anyone interested in inclusive practices associated with various school subjects and inclusive pedagogy.
At the University of Bremen, In+ is the first initiative going beyond the already existing format of Doc-Networks that allows status group of post-docs, researchers and lecturers to engage in communication. A central goal of the network is to strengthen the transfer between scientific research and school practice. On the one hand, such collaboration creates improved opportunities to integrate theoretical and empirical insights gained from scientific inclusion research into the various phases of teacher training in a sustainable manner. On the other hand, In+ also intends to incorporate the knowledge acquired in practice into research and teaching, thus initiating an iterative process of mutual theory-practice transfer. Furthermore, the network also aims to be a contact point for other (non-university) institutions that are theoretically or practically involved in inclusive education. In order to achieve these goals and to foster such cooperations, various event formats are conceived and realized in the activities of the joint network (regular working meetings, colloquia, conferences and workshops).

The name of the network "Inclusion Interdisciplinary" – in short In+ ("In-Plus") – is a reflection of its programme: In particular, the + sign is intended to symbolize the diversity of the disciplines, professions and areas that come together, namely research and teaching, theory and practice, didactics and pedagogy, and thus to emphasize the openness for a multifaceted and interdisciplinary exchange.

All interested parties are cordially invited to participate and can contact the network initiators if they have any questions.


Joanna Pfingsthorn, Researcher, Fachdidaktik Englisch More
Lisa Schüler, Researcher, Fachdidaktik Deutsch More
Julia Weltgen, Researcher, Inklusive Pädagogik More