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The election of the year is in your hands!

Here is your chance vote new doctoral representatives for the 2018/2019 Executive Board of Research School PLUS.

Find more info on the call for candidates here.

The Executive Board develops the strategic framework for RS PLUS and subsequently makes final decisions on incoming funding applications. It's doctoral members – the new candidates – represent your interests.

Read carefully what the following aspirants say about their expertise and engagement for the office.

How to vote

In February 2018 all doctoral researchers will receive an e-mail with a link to the online election, where they can cast their votes for the doctoral representatives in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural & Life Sciences, and Engineering.

You can cast your votes until 28 February 2018.

In case several candidates run for office in one field, the candidate having received the most votes in his/her research area will become first representative, the candidate with the second most votes will become deputy representative. We will publish the results on our website right after the election.

The election is personal, free, equal and secret.

Don't miss your chance to actively shape the new face of the Executive Board!


Ronja Laarmann-Quante - Faculty of Philology

My name is Ronja Laarmann-Quante and I'm a PhD student in Computational Linguistics. In a third-party funded project which brings together psycholinguists, computational linguists and educationalists, I do research on spelling errors in primary school children's texts. I want to shed light on the question which properties of a word make it likely to be misspelled.

During different workshops and events of the Research School, I have learned about many interesting projects of fellow PhD students from various disciplines and I would like to support this community actively as a member of the Executive Board of RS PLUS. Being a reviewer of funding applications has enabled me to get involved in the first place and now I would like to share and widen my experiences in a team. In my Bachelor and Master’s degree courses, I was a member of the student representatives in the Linguistics Department for three years. I found it highly enriching to actively engage in the enhancement of useful offers and activities. Likewise, I am eager to learn more about the structures and decision-making processes behind RS PLUS and I hope to be able to positively shape its future development.

Kerstin Konietzny - Faculty of Psychology


My name is Kerstin Konietzny and I’m a PhD student in Medical Psychology. As my research project is of interdisciplinary nature, combining the disciplines of medicine and psychology (by investigating the influence of psychological aspects on chronification of pain disorders), I experienced how enriching an exchange of ideas and information between different disciplines (clinicians, physiotherapists and sport disciplines etc.) can be.

As an active reviewer of applications for funding within the RS Plus, I have gained significant insight into the reviewing process and broadened my view concerning scientific projects from other disciplines. During the last year of my PhD I experienced the support of the RS with a grant myself and organized a symposium within my “Mind and Pain in Motion” Research Group. Thereby I got the intriguing opportunity to get in touch with leading scientists and establish and intensify international research contacts for future projects. I’m looking forward to get to know your projects you intend to realize with the wide range of RS funding possibilities. It would be a great pleasure to support our doctoral community to maintain the diversity of RUB research scope.

By applying for the Executive Board of the RS Plus, I hope to gain experience in the management of a third party funding and the decision-making processes and get insight into the self-governance of RUB. As I’m a teamplayer, both in my private (playing football) and professional life (working within my Research Group), I would really appreciate being part of the Executive Board.

Social Sciences

Tobias Meißner - Faculty of Psychology

I think of the RS PLUS as an excellent opportunity for PhD students to engage in international exchange at an early stage of their scientific career. I am happy for the extended period of funding for the RS PLUS and would like to personally contribute to our unique graduate school’s international program and its important mission as a doctoral representative for the Natural/Life Sciences. But why should I represent you in the Executive Board?
First, I have gained extensive experience in representing the interest of my fellows as both student and PhD representative in several boards like appointments committee, evaluation committee or quality improvement committee. Among others, these appointments included responsibilities like budget planning/spending or selecting appropriate candidates for faculty positions. As a member of the RS PLUS Executive Board, I will enjoy to continue working in a decision-making team.
Second, working as a neuroscientist in the field of developmental psychology, I have a strong interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, I can relate to the needs and demands of various disciplines, which will help me to represent the interests of the Natural/Life Sciences while at the same time being able to work in a multidisciplinary team for the benefit of all PhD students.
Third, as a reviewer for RS PLUS and a successful RS PLUS applicant, I am familiar with the management and funding structure of the Research School PLUS. I expect that this overview will help me in the transition to an Executive Board member.

Katharina Mojescik - Faculty for Social Science

My name is Katharina Mojescik and I am a PhD student at the Institute for Work Science as well as a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty for Social Science. My research and teaching activities comprise structures and processes within organisations and working environments and their (un)intended effects. I am in the middle of my PhD and have already participated in different Research School activities like Workshops, Research Day or Science College. Being involved in these activities and getting to know other PhD students, engaged my thinking outside the own “disciplinary box”. To me, RS plus is not only an opportunity to gain international research experience through funding lines like PR.INT, but also through the regular interdisciplinary and international events on campus.
I am running for candidate to represent the Social Sciences in the Executive Board, but also to be a representative of RS plus within the Social Sciences. In my opinion, the responsibility as a member of the Executive Board does not only mean to be involved in decision-making processes, but also to communicate the outcomes to my peers. My aims as a representative are (1) to promote the possibilities and chances, which RS plus already has to offer, (2) to concurrently work on the improvement of fundings and activities, and (3) to broaden my horizons through the interdisciplinary teamwork with my co-members of the Executive Board.

Ghizal Lali - Faculty of Management and Economics

My name is Ghizal Lali and I am a research and teaching assistant at the Center of Economic Education at the Faculty of Management and Economics. In my research I focus on dynamic managerial capabilities. Do managers have specific (dynamic) capabilities and if so what are they? I am going to finish my work next year and hope to be successful in answering these questions. During my PhD I attended in several events organized by the Research School and enjoyed the exchange with colleagues working in different disciplines and I also appreciated this given chance. But exchange is not the only benefit PhD students can get from the existence of Research School. Research School also allows PhD students the early integration into international research by granting financial support for international projects. In 2017 I have been joining the Executive Board of Research School as a Representative. I would appreciate to represent all doctoral students by supporting the Research School as a member in the next phase again.


Gordon Zyla - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Hello, I am Gordon. I studied mechanical engineering at the Ruhr-University and I am now a PhD student at the chair of Applied Laser Technologies. In my project I am working on the characterization and creation of natural coloration by mimicking tiny skin structures of different organisms in our world. My study is a great opportunity for me to combine my interests of exploring and research because since I was a child I have been addicted to nature.

As PhD student, I really enjoy the broad variation of my daily work, especially, the areas of learning and teaching or gaining and sharing experience to students and teammates. My work also contains the preparation and the reviewing of scientific reports and proposals which helps me a lot to apply successfully my idea at the Research School Plus program PR.INT. With support of the PR.INT program I was able to gain international experience, to extend my scientific network and my visibility as a researcher. Furthermore, the program helps me to realize important work for my studies.

By applying for the Executive Board of the Research School Plus, I hope to improve my abilities in decision-making processes. It would be very exciting for me to make new experience as a representative at our university. I am also very interested in getting to know the different research disciplines and I would like to be a part of those people who can help other doctoral students to succeed their personal study goals on national or on international level.

Natural & Life Sciences

Caroline Schlüter - Faculty of Psychology

My name is Caroline Schlüter and I am a PhD-student at the Faculty of Psychology, dealing with the neural basis of personality, motivation and emotional competencies, among others. By combining long-standing psychological research traditions with state of the art neuroimaging methods I'm working in the intersection between social, natural and life sciences. Thus, I am familiar with a variety of methods and interdisciplinary work. During my PhD and previous work as a research assistant at the Department of Biopsychology, I have already contributed to different applications for third-party funding and thus often experienced the applicant’s perspective. As a reviewer of the Research School PLUS, I was also able to gain some experience regarding the review process.
I decided to run for a position at the RS PLUS Executive Board because I consider the work of the RS PLUS to be exceptional and highly important. Without the RS PLUS, it would hardly be possible for PhD-students to gain international experience at such an early stage of their careers. Therefore I would love to get involved by representing the interests of my fellow students in the field of social sciences or natural and life sciences. Being part of the Executive Board would give me a unique opportunity to gain insight into the management of third-party funding that exceeds my previous experiences as an applicant or reviewer by far. With my scientific background and personal interest in interdisciplinary exchange, I am confident to make an important contribution to the Executive Board.

Alina Blush - IGSN

I really enjoyed my time as a representative in the Executive Board during the last year. Taking part in the process of decision making and evaluating the many different applications was an extremely interesting and inspiring task that I would like to continue. I learned that Research School PLUS offers strong support and very diverse funding opportunities for us as PhD students, that we should definitely make use of. This opportunity is quiet unique among german universities and I strongly encourage you to apply for funding and realize your ideas.

I studied biology and finished my bachelor´s as well as my master´s degree at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Since the beginning of my academic career, I have been fascinated by neuroscience, so I engaged in the PhD program at the IGSN. With support of Research School PLUS, I was able to enrich my doctoral project with various international activities, which would not have been possible otherwise. Looking back, these experiences have been the most exciting and personally valuable phases of my PhD so far.

As a member of the Executive Board I want to continue to represent your interests and help to enable your individual project ideas and international research activities in the future.