Business or Academia? Bielefeld or the World? Having finished studying decisions like these have to be taken. Different professional lives or careers imply various interesting models of work-life-balance. Often at this stage of life the question of having own family becomes more and more important.

BiGSEM offers many solutions to combine a good family life with an academic career. It wants to motivate particularly female graduates to continue as a doctoral student.

If you like doing research and you may think of continuing with an academic career, take the courage and do it. And if you are starting having your own family, you will find solutions of combining both.

BiGSEM takes care of the members with family by a broad variety of measures:

■ additional family lump sum

■ childcare

■ extension of fellowships

■ consulting staff

Besides Bielefeld University offers a large variety of family support measures and is certified as family friendly university since 2006. It possesses baby care rooms and changing facilities all over the university as well as parentchild-rooms in the library. Besides it is running several childcare institutions. www.uni-bielefeld.de/familie/

In addition, several activities to foster equal opportunities are offered:

■ mentoring and coaching

■ special travel funds for female fellowships

■ bridge financing for an academic career after graduation



BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!