FAQs

Ask HELENA
Every month, there is an informative meeting with a member of the Graduate Student Office. You will get answers to all your questions concerning HELENA. The meetings will be announced in our newsletter "HELENA insight" and on our homepage.

Certificate Environmental Health
After completion of the HELENA requirements and of your doctoral thesis you will receive the certificate Environmental Health, certifying that you successfully completed the graduate program at the HELENA graduate school. Please contact us under shortly before you hand in your thesis.

Conferences and lab exchanges – financial support
HELENA provides financial support for networking on an international scale, e.g. for your participation at conferences or research stays at other institutions. Further information (please login using your HMGU computer username and password)...

Courses
Graduate students can select and set up their own individual curriculum from an offering of lectures, courses, seminars, retreats, summer schools and participation in scientific conferences. Further information: Scientific courses / retreats | Professional skills (soft skills) | Language courses

DINI
The DINI (Doktorandeninitiative, Graduate Students´Initiative) is a free association of graduate students. There are no special requirements (except being a graduate student) and no fixed duties. Every member should have the motivation to improve the situation of the graduate students during his or her time of study at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Extension of your contract
An extension of your initial 3-year contract is possible. For the extension, you have to develop a work and time plan to finish your doctoral thesis together with your thesis committee at your third meeting. Every member of the thesis committee has to agree to this plan by signature, and the documentation has to be sent to the Graduate Student Office.
In case of a necessary extension of your contract please do ensure that ALL the necessary documents (TC form signed by all member of committee, progress report, work and time plan) are at the Graduate Student’s Office two month prior to expiration of your contract. If due to unforeseen reasons in exceptional cases an extension is decided on short notice, all necessary documents have to be at the Graduate Student’s Office no later than two weeks prior to expiration of your contract. Otherwise an extension of the doctoral contract in time is not possible.

Good Scientific Practice
According to the European Science Foundation, good scientific practice "embraces all the procedures and practices that are necessary for planning, conducting and reporting research (…) within a framework of scientific integrity".

GraduateCenterLMU
Helmholtz Zentrum München – together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM) – operate the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA). The GraduateCenterLMU is the central coordination and service unit for graduate students at LMU Munich. It offers advice and support. Further information...

Graduate Students´Day
Every autumn, HELENA celebrates the Graduate Students’ Day with a keynote lecture and a lot of networking opportunities. Some highlights: Graduate Student Prizes and farewell ceremony for graduated doctoral students, election of new Graduate Students Representatives, Science Slam and a party in the evening. Further information...

Graduate Student Office
The Graduate Student Office is the direct contact point for all graduate students in the Center. Phone: 089-3187-1144, email gso-sprnoSp@m@helmholtz-muenchen.de. Further information...

Graduate Student Representatives
The Graduate Student Representatives represent the interests of graduate students towards the Center and are officially elected by all graduate students for the term of one year. Further information...

HELENA Equivalents (Credit Points)
A Credit Point System, the “HELENA Equvivalents” (HE), enables the composition of an individual curriculum for every graduate student. HELENA Equivalents  correspond to the workload of a training activity.  4 hours workload will be accredited with 1 HE. To collect credit points, you need to document your participation at lectures, seminars and courses by sending a certificate to the Graduate Student Office. For getting the HELENA certificate, you have to collect 65 HEs in scientific training activities and 10 HEs in professional skill courses. At the end of every year, the Graduate Student Office will send you the status of your HELENA Equivalents. You need this information earlier? Please send an e-mail to gso-sprnoSp@m@helmholtz-muenchen.de.

HELENA insight
HELENA members get this newsletter via email automatically. It contains information on method courses, professional trainings, events and scientific highlights.

HELENA Lecture Series 
The HELENA Lecture Series offers an overview to Environmental Health research at the Center. According to the eight thematic fields of HELENA, scientists will introduce to health and environment topics. Graduate students have to participate 4 times. Further information...

Kick-Off Seminar (TUM or LMU)
Graduate students have to join a kick-off seminar of their university once (TUM Graduate School oder Graduate Center LMU). They will be informed by HLENA via newsletter.

Membership
Graduate Students at the Center are supposed to become a member of HELENA. If you have not already applied, please fill in our membership form and send it back to HELENA Graduate Student Office, SPR. Reasons for not joining HELENA are, if you are already part of another graduate school or if you will stay at the Center only for a short period of time. Further information (please use your HMGU computer username and password to login)...

Ombudspersons for Good Scientific Practice
The main task of Helmholtz Zentrum München is research in the area of Health and Environment and the dissemination of scientific knowledge in this area. Ombudspersons and Rules to Ensure Good Scientific Practice shall serve to achieve these objectives.

Ombudspersons for Graduate Students
Ombudspersons for graduate students are designated impartial individuals who mediate in cases of conflict between graduate students and their advisers. All conversations are strictly confidential. Further information...

Orientation Days
As a new graduate student, the Graduate Student Office would like to introduce you to the Graduate School, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the other new graduate students. You will be invited via email to take part at the orientation days. They will be organized twice a year; participation (once) is mandatory for all HELENA members.

Registration at Universities
Register at the university where you will do your doctoral thesis as soon as possible, but at least within the first three month of your doctoral thesis.

Social Life
The central meeting place for all students is the Graduate Students’ Cafe (building 23, Central Library). There are also numerous sports facilities for activities such as soccer or tennis. DINI, the graduate students’ initiative, regularly organizes activities especially for graduate students. Further information...

Thesis Committee
Your personal Thesis Committee will guide your scientific work at Helmholtz Zentrum München. The members are your direct adviser, the adviser at the University and an external adviser. Please send us the names of your Thesis Committee members within the first six months and document the meetings. Further information...

TUM Graduate School
HELENA is a joint initiative for the promotion of graduate students of the Center at TUM or LMU. Therefore, HELENA is an associated member of TUM Graduate School (as thematic graduate center) and also affiliated to the GraduateCenterLMU. By being a member of HELENA, you are automatically a member of TUM Graduate School.

Thesis Committee Meeting Procedure
Annual meetings have to take place after 9 months, 1,5 and 2,5 years. As a graduate student, you are responsible to schedule and document these meetings. The written documentation has to be sent to the Graduate Student Office. Further information (please login using your HMGU computer username and password)...

Research School "Lung Biology and Disease"

Research School of Radiation Sciences (RS2)

Contact

HELENA Graduate Student Office
Strategy, Programs, Resources
(formerly: Program Planning and Management)

phone: 089-3187-1144

Helmholtz Zentrum München