Helmholtz Zentrum München Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt

Munich Postdoc101 Talks

“Peer Review in Research Funding & Publishing” and “Identifying Solutions to Advance Minorities in Science”. Registration open, 17 & 24 May, 4 - 6 pm.

Website with all talks: https://www.forte.tum.de/en/forte/postdoc101/

Registration form: https://wiki.tum.de/display/postdoc/Munich+Postdoc101+Talk+Series

17 May 2023 4-6 pm. I Peer Review in Research Funding & Publishing

Description: This talk explores the reasoning behind peer review processes and, by retracing its history, aims to make the current status, procedures and dilemmas of peer review comprehensible. By discussing its inherent trade-offs, deliberating critical arguments which highlight the problems of peer review and presenting current approaches for finding solutions for these problems, the speaker invites the audience to reflect on how to determining the value of scientific insight.

Speaker: Dr. Oliver Grewe organizes and manages peer review processes in research funding, science evaluation and the selection of highly gifted researchers as a program manager of the Volkswagen Foundation, one of Germanies biggest private research funders. He started his career in science management at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Niedersachsen). Since 2015 he additionally supports academics as a trainer and coach.

24 May 2023 I Be Part of the Solution – Identifying Solutions to Advance Minorities in Science

Description: While we are all aware that women and minority groups continue to be underrepresented in the sciences, it can be challenging to know what each individual can do to reverse these trends. However, at every career stage change meaningful steps can be taken to help the advancement of underrepresented groups.

Additionally, a clear understanding of diversity issues, and the language used to discuss them, are increasingly an important part of faculty and industry hiring processes. Candidates are expected to both understand the challenges of bringing diverse groups to campus, along with proposing steps they will take to increase the retention of under-represented groups. Strong responses to these questions are increasingly important worldwide.

In this talk, we will discuss both the impact and steps forward to creating a more equitable and inclusive academic environment. This overview talk will summarize the current research and provide examples of current steps for improvement. Topics will include defining the biggest issues preventing the success of diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives, best practices for inclusive teaching and building research groups, and how to address implicit bias.


  • Overview of best practices for advancing underrepresented groups in science
  • Discussion of how to build inclusive research work environments
  • Identifying bias in your research network and
  • Discussion and ideas for improvement both now and in future career positions

Speaker: Prof. Andrea Erhardt is an Anna Boyksen Fellow for the Institute for Advanced Studies at TUM and an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, USA. She received her PhD in isotope geochemistry from Stanford University, followed by postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research covers both palaeoceanography and mechanisms for increasing diversity in the geosciences.