New coordination office for doctoral studies!

Since May 2024, the newly established Coordination Office for Doctoral studies has been staffed by Sabine Vogl.




She is available to all students and supervisors for questions and concerns relating to doctoral studies:


  • When and how do you start a doctoral program?
  • Are you looking for a supervisor, mentor or peer support to help you with your work?
  • Are you about to finish your degree program and need advice?


You can find more contact information here.


Build it Party

Build it Party @ TU Graz!

When? June 4

Where? Petersgasse 16, TU Graz New Campus

Celebrate the beginning of summer with the ultimate party for students of all levels – from PhD to Bachelor, there's something for everyone!

What can you expect?

3 pm: Start off the event with coffee and cake!

5 pm: Fresh cocktails, beer and wine await you.

7:30 pm: Time to dance to some music!

We will offer Partybreze and cake for your dietary enlightenment.

This event is hosted by multiple student unions:

PhD Union, StV Architecture, StV Civil Engineering, StV Geodesy, StV Earth Sciences

Don't pass up the chance to enjoy an unforgettable night together with other students. Let's celebrate, build, dance and welcome the summer on Tuesday, June 4, 2024!


DocTales on March 21, 2024

Explore, Connect, and Engage at DocTales!


Discover the vibrant world of research at DocTales, our engaging lecture series where PhD scholars share intriguing insights into their work.


Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 18:00

Location: Lecture Hall BMT, Stremayrgasse 16



R. Schwarzl (IEP): "Ultrafast Lasers: Capturing the Shortest Processes in Molecules"

A. Paulik (ICTM): "Fermi Level Engineering of Oxide Electroceramics - If It Works for Semiconductors, We Can Do It Too"

G. Dorn (E.S. GmbH): "Social Entrepreneurship and the Philosophy Behind PhD Studies"


Stick around after the talks for networking and perhaps even a slice of free pizza!


If you're interested in sharing your expertise at the next DocTales, don't hesitate to contact us.


No registration needed!


Open Science meets AI: Implications for research processes and academic hiring decisions


Dear colleagues and students,

GOSI (the Graz Open Science Initiative) – will host a discussion round titled “Open Science meets AI: Implications for research processes and academic hiring decisions” with contributions from different experts including Dr. Anne Gärtner (TU Dresden), rector Prof. Horst Bischof (TU Graz), vice rector Prof. Joachim Reidl (Uni Graz), Prof. Jana Lasser (RWTH Aachen), and Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer (TU Graz).

The event will take place on January 31st 2024, 3-5pm at the IdeaLab (University of Graz) and is open to ALL interested people.

You can find the event flyer attached as well as all the necessary information here: <

Official registration link:


Your PhD Union


𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠

📅 Date: 16.01.2024, 10:00–11:00 am

📍 Place: Online

🎓Lecturer: Mag. Gerlinde Maxl, MSc

🌐Language: English

Content: The term “predatory publishing” is quickly at hand when it comes to questionable practices in scholarly communication. However, a concrete definition is not so easy, because a closer look reveals that there is a large number of unfair or sometimes even clumsy practices. In this workshop you will learn which criteria you can use to evaluate publishers, journals, and conferences in order to (eventually) label them as outright fraudulent, misleading/deceptive, or perhaps just as questionable or even of good quality. This will help you both in deciding where to publish and in your literature searches.

Registration online






Your PhD Union


🍇 PhD-Union Vineyard Rally


Join the second iteration of the legendary Vineyard Rally of PhD Union!

We will be heading to Buschenschank Schweiger vlg. Trinkaus in Gersdorf, lower Styria.

The price of 10€ includes the bus ticket, a Brettljause and your first alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of choice.

🕒 When? Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 17:00

🗺️ Where? Departure is in front of Petersgasse 16, 8010 Graz

We will leave the Buschenschank at 23:00 and return in Graz around midnight.

💬 Please register at with your name. Select between a vegetarian or pork dish. First come, first served - PhD students have top priority, but other people can join as well if places remain.


💡 Heizkostenzuschuss - Heating Allowance


Have you heard about the heating allowance? They have now increased the income limit and extended the deadline 📅

You get 400€ from the state of Styria, if your main residence is Styria since 1.1.2023 and your household (probably you have to count the WG, in the dormitory you count as a single person household) has earned less than 40,000 € in the last year net:

Link to the form can be found at:


your PhD Union 🐣


Sustainable working conditions in academia 👨‍🎓


*** 15 minutes ***


participate now


🔗 Official link :


🎖️ The mission of the STAIRCASE Survey is to establish the largest-ever Benchmark on Mental Health in Academia. Targeting researchers at all levels including PhD students, the survey includes questions on mental health, work context, and demographics. Participation voluntary, data protection in place! Help us generate valuable insights for the state of researcher’s mental health in general and in our context specifically.


Your participation is much appreciated.


📢 Feel free to share!


Your PhD Union 🐥


Go International! Fair 2023

Want to discover foreign countries and cultures during your studies?


🌏 🎓 Come to the Go International! Fair on 18 October at Campus Inffeldgasse!

Get advice and inspiration.


🌟 Worldwide mobility programmes and funding opportunities are waiting for you.


(C) Lunghammer - TU Graz

𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 | 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 | 𝟐𝟐.𝟎𝟔.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑


If you've ever wondered what your colleagues are up to, our recurring lecture series DocTales is the perfect event for you.


Other people from the PhD microcosm will give interesting talks about their work, about 20 minutes each.


You may broaden your horizons or even find common interests, and the talks are followed by a get-together with snacks and drinks. So, if you are curious, want to get to know your colleagues better, or just want to have some pizza, then come to the next event!


When? Thursday, June 22, 2023 from 18:00


Where: HS BMT, Stremayrgasse 16


No registration needed.




  • C. Albert: Can one Prototype Fusion Power Plants on a Lab Desk?
  • M. Reichelt: Debunking the Math Gossip on the Schoolyard
  • H. Siboni: Close Encounters with the Nano World - Atomic Force Microscopy in Practice


PS: If you are not interested in the talks, you are gladly invited to join the socializing part from ~19:30.


Dear PhDs,

Next SpielAbend+ Board Games Events starts in two days!

🎲 06.06, Tuesday, 18:30, Inffeldgasse 16b, 2nd floor, Seminarraum IC02062

More Info: Link


Your PhD Union


Training on Campus: Maximising the use of CAS SciFindern




On the 5th and 6th of June, the TU Graz Library offers a training series on the database CAS SciFindern with Ralf Heim and Lena Blumenthal – suitable for beginners and advanced users.


CAS SciFindern is a specialised database for chemistry and related fields such as chemical engineering, materials science, pharmacology, biology and biotechnology. It allows you to search for literature references, substances and reactions. We have invited Ralf Heim and Lena Blumenthal, experts in CAS SciFindern, to give the training sessions.


The training sessions will take place over two consecutive days (5 and 6 June) and will consist of the following optional modules:


Monday, 5 June:

13:00-14:00: The New SciFindern Platform / Fundamentals (A1)

14:15-15:15: Searching for Substances & Reactions / Best Practice (A2)

15:30-16:30: Organic Chemistry & Synthesis Planning / Advanced Search Strategies (B1)

16:45-18:00: Hands-on Training / Open Discussion with CAS SciFindern Experts (S1)


Tuesday, 6 June

12:30-13:30: Searching for Applied Chemistry & Advanced Materials (B2)

13:45-14:45: Unlock the full Potential of Text Searching (B3)

15:00-16:00: Unlock the full Potential of Substance Searching (B4)


The trainings take place at Campus Neue Technik, Kopernikusgasse 24, in lecture hall H "Ulrich Santner".


During the event, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. You are also welcome to send your questions in advance by email.


Please register for the training sessions by email to, indicating the modules (A1-B4) you wish to attend. Registered participants will receive the presentation slides by email after the session.


The training sessions will be held in German or English if necessary. The speakers will adapt to the language preference of the participants.


ÖH Elections 2023


Dear PhDs,

This week is the time! The ÖH elections will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, and we ask you to participate, as you can have a say in who will represent you for the next 2 years. 🐣

Because this election is a bit complicated, here are the short facts:

What can I vote for?

✅Student representatives (StV Doktorat)

✅University representatives (HTU & ÖH)

✅Federal representatives

The following 6 candidates are running for the Doctorate Student Representative:

Alina Herderich, Jakob Harden, Kamil Sazgetdinov, Michael Reichelt, Paul Schaffer, Robert Schwarzl.

For more information please visit:



Your PhD Union


Innenhof Fest 2023 🐣


The student representatives Math and Physics invite you to the Math-Physics courtyard party on Friday, April 21 from 16:00 - free admission and party until 01:00!

The Phys-sicks" will provide the right musical mood!

We will offer you beer, spritzes and our own bar with schnapps, as well as a whiskey stand of the PhD students!

Come by and celebrate with us, we are looking forward to you!


SEEEP PhD Summer School 🌎


Apply to the 8th SEEEP PhD Summer School – Role of Fossil Fuels in Energy transitions, August 14-26, 2023 (Deadline for applications: 15.04.2023).


📚About the summer school


The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school organized by ZJU Hangzhou China, SJTU Shanghai China, KTH Stockholm Sweden and TU/e Eindhoven Netherlands will have the theme “Role of Fossil Fuels in Energy transitions”.


📅 When?


14–26 August 2023


🛈 What?


You will have a schedule with lectures and project work in an international working environment where students from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities will participate. You will get high-level lectures by expert Professors from Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and TU/e Eindhoven on topics encompassing energy production and consumption, renewable energy technology, sustainability, energy storage technology and energy grids and conversion.


👩🏻‍🎓 The work load is 3 ECTS.


📍 Where?


This year, the course will be on campus in China.


💳 Expenses


Housing and food is provided for 30 students in total.


More information & Application form (official link):


Sincerely, your PhD Union


𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐳 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 ✨

barcamp Graz is back!

Like last year, the main topics are User Experience (UX) and Development (DEV), as well as everything related to it. We welcome everyone who wants to contribute and learn.

📅 When? May 6, 2023, 8:00-18:00

📍 Where? FH JOANNEUM, Graz

What can I expect at #bcg23?

What topics will be covered is up to you!

On the day of the event, the program will be created collaboratively on-site. All attendees can contribute to up to 7 parallel sessions. If you would like to give talks, workshops, discussions or presentations, you can prepare something in advance or spontaneously suggest a topic. Be sure to be on time to secure a spot on the schedule! You can then simply choose the sessions you want to attend.

Some useful information:

🎫 How do I get my ticket?

From March 6th, you will find the link under Register.

🤔 I have never been to Graz. How do I find #bcg23?

You can find information about directions, parking, and the exact address under Location.

📜 I have never been to a Barcamp. What do I need to know?

There are no spectators, only participants. You can find more information in the Rules of Barcamp.

🔥 Barcamp?!? What is it actually, and what is it about?

In short: Community and knowledge exchange. You can find a longer explanation in the Wikipedia entry on Barcamp.


Unite! Seed Fund Initiative 👨‍🎓

Financial boost for innovative ideas from the teachers, researchers and students across the Unite! alliance

The Unite! Seed Fund aims to achieve the maximum potential of Unite! It is envisioned to provide financial support to innovate, co-creative and collaborative ideas from teachers, researchers and students across the Unite! alliance. The Seed Fund intends to support exploration and development of attractive and diverse activities and projects, to help secure either the additional funds for a project or to carry out cooperation on joint, ambitious and innovative ideas within the alliance.

All applications will go through Metacampus, Unite!'s digital platform. Applications open on 15 March 2023 and deadlines for submissions vary from 15 to 31 May 2023 depending on the topic of the proposal.

Apply to UNITE Seed Fund 1st Cycle:

General Information about UNITE:


your PhD Union


Free course Green Utopia: Realize your ideas for shaping the future. 🌱 


Still utopia at the moment but maybe the future soon? 🤔 In this course, develop utopias from cutting-edge topics such as energy, sustainable materials, green mobility, circular economy, etc. ♻️ 


You will receive support from top-class project partners in the development of your ideas: 

➡️ Green Tech Valley Cluster 

➡️ Creative Industries Styria 

➡️Holzcluster Styria 


At the final event during the Design Month Graz, your results will be presented to representatives from politics, business and research. This will promote research and innovation in Styria. 💪 


Register now on CAMPUSonline until March 15 and contribute to solving global problems. 💡


Lehrveranstaltungen / Green Utopia - TUGRAZonline - Technische Universität Graz


+++ Oikos Talks +++

Have you ever thought about what your phone has to do with climate change?

Sadly, everyday tech products, such as phones or computers contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, resource overuse and the electronic waste problem. This makes them an important part to consider when working on the mitigation of these issues. Despite the size of these difficulties, most people have rarely thought about what they can contribute to bring a change to this situation.

But there are things that you can do!

Buying eco-friendly produced or refurbished products, letting them be repaired or avoiding electronic waste where possible are easy and comfortable ways to live more sustainably!

You want to know more about the topic? Then join us for our online oikos Talk #2: Tech products & sustainability!

We invited experts from research and industry who are dealing with the issue on a daily basis to join our panel of speakers. We are going to discuss concrete ways to lower the negative consequences of our tech products, to find out more about the impact of tech products on the environment in general and what needs to be done to transform the industry.

When? March 30, 7 pm

Where? Your living room – join us online via Zoom:

The talk will be held in English entirely.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Your oikos Talks Team

What’s oikos?

oikos Graz is a student-led organization based in Graz. As a non-profit organization, we are built on a strong foundation of volunteers with different academic orientations. What unites us is the common drive to create more sustainable economy and responsible businesses. Together we shape the academic world for a more sustainable future.


𝐎𝐈𝐊𝐎𝐒 𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐊 #𝟏 𝐄𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲

Are you interested to know how to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet growing energy demand? 🌱🤔⚡️ 👉

If your answer is yes, then you should come to our next oikos talk: "Energy Consumption", #1 of our talks series “Sustainability around you”.

📌 In this talk we will reflect on how using energy more efficiently is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to solve the most spoken challenge nowadays - Global Energy Crisis.

We will discuss factors influencing energy consumption, ways to reduce use of energy in our daily life, impacts of energy consumption on our planet, as well as innovations and new technologies in this field. If this sounds interesting to you, save the date:

🗓 Thursday, January 12th 🕖 7:30 pm

📍 HSII, Alte Technik, Rechbauerstraße 12

For those who cannot join in person, the talk will be streamed via YouTube. (oikos Graz - YouTube) This year we invited interesting experts and entrepreneurs from the field. Stay tuned to hear more about the speakers (INSTA: @oikosgraz) ⚡

We are looking forward to seeing you! 😻

Your oikos Talks & PhD Union Team! 💙🐣


The Christmas holidays are just around the corner, but you still have some postponed to-dos? 🎅


Then the first "Long Afternoon against procrastination" (#LNMAA) is just what you need: Here you have the whole afternoon in a cosy atmosphere to take care of your protocols, final papers, practice examples or exam preparation.


Your benefit:


✅ Guaranteed stress-free start to the Christmas holidays with a clear conscience


✅ Snacks and drinks provided on site


📍 Register now:


𝐕𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐩𝐚 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 | 𝟎𝟐.𝟏𝟐.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐


Dear PhD students,


we would like to invite you again this year to a spa trip to Loipersdorf! This trip will take place together with the NAWI physics base group.

The student representatives will take care of the bus, so you only have to pay the entrance fee for the thermal spa.


🗓 Date: 2.12.2022

Meeting point: 16:45 at Stremayrgasse 16 (at the Copyshop Neue Technik)

Arrival back: approx. 01:15 at Neue Technik.


💸 Costs: 23,50€ thermal spa entrance fee.

The amount will be collected before boarding the bus.

If you want to book the Schaffelbad (sauna area), you are welcome to do so for an additional charge at the spa ticket office.


📧 Registration:

From 25.11.2022 15:00 clock at. *


We look forward to a relaxing evening with you!

Your PhD Union


*One ticket can be reserved per person by mail from 25.11.2022, 15:00.

If more reservations than available seats are received within the first 30 minutes

available seats within the first 30 minutes, the seats will be divided equally among all the

reservations received during this time period.

Please indicate your full name, phone number and field of study in the mail.




𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 (𝐃𝐌𝐏) 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐡𝐃𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬, 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐲 (𝐌𝐏𝐆) 𝐨𝐧 𝟐𝟓.𝟏𝟏.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐


The RDM team of TU Graz invites all PhD students of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy to a workshop on data management plans. Since this is obligatory for all new PhD students since 1.7.2022, we ask for the opportunity to explain the topic in this workshop, to clarify questions and to start working on your own DMP.




✅ Day 1 (25.11.2022)


- General RDM introduction


- DMP introduction


- Preparation of your DMP within the framework of the doctorate or a funded project


- "Homework": Clarification of open points


✅ Day 2 (1h Online): Feedback and Q&A


Info and Registration


🗓️ Date: 25.11.2022


🕒 Time: 09:00-12:00


📍 Place: Seminarroom MAEG262 (Inffeldgasse 25/A, EG)


✉️ Registration:


𝐏𝐡𝐃 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐑𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 (𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐡𝐫𝐭) 🐣




Join the first official Vineyard Rally of PhD Union!


We will be heading to Buschenschank Schweiger vlg. Trinkaus in Gersdorf, lower Styria. The price of 10€ includes the bus ticket, a Brettljause and your first alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of choice.


📅 When? Friday, November 11, 2022 at 17:00


📍 Where? Departure is in front of Petersgasse 16, 8010 Graz


We will leave the Buschenschank at 23:00 and return in Graz around midnight.


✅ Please register at with your name. Select between a vegetarian or pork dish.


First come, first served - PhD students have top priority, but other people can join as well if places remain.




Your PhD Union






Did you ever ask yourself what other PhDs are doing all day long?


Then DocTales is the perfect event for you. Other PhDs give short talks about their work. You can broaden your horizon or even find common interests.


Afterwards there is pizza and drinks to encourage a discussion and to get to know PhDs from other fields.


📅 When? Friday, November 4, 2022 from 18:00


📍 Where: HS BMT, Stremayrgasse 16


No registration needed.




✔️ R. Löscher: Numerical analysis and simulation of partial differential equations and its applications - an overview


✔️ P. Jercic: Stress management and mindfulness for PhDs


✔️ M. Reichelt: PhD-Union - an overview


PS: If you are not interested in the talks, you are gladly invited to join the socializing part from ~19:00.


PhD Union Seminar 2022 at Payerbacherhof 🐣


We had a productive weekend and planed events for our PhDs for the upcoming year, distributed tasks and had a nice team building session. Also some of our Doc School speakers joined us. Thanks for the nice weekend guys!


𝐓𝐔 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐳 | 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭




Dear Fellow PhDs,


As the new semester is about to start our Department of Academic Development would like to point out a new TU Graz service for students: the Graduation Support.


These are various activities to support students, consisting of end-of-study counselling, writing groups, the Long Night of Deferred Work, workshops on topics such as procrastination, plagiarism or scientific writing & working, as well as learning materials for self-study.


More detailed information and registration for these activities can be found in the TeachCenter course "Studienabschluss-Support", which can be accessed via the following link: Individual counselling appointments on various topics and problems such as


✔️ Time management


✔️ Dealing with high stress or writer's block


can also be arranged at the TU Graz TeachCenter.


✔️ The next workshop will take place on 27 October 2022 on the topic of "Help, I'm procrastinating - get me out of here!".

Contact person: Martin Kriegl (


Sincerely, Your PhD Union


𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐏𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 “𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲”


This coaching is designed to help advanced predocs give a boost to an important project (e.g. your dissertation). You will meet as a group for three coaching sessions. In these sessions, you will strive to increase your motivation, learn new ways to work efficiently, and identify obstacles in your path in order for you to be productive and enjoy your successes.


✔️ When? 21 September, 12 October, 2 November 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


✔️ Where? TU Graz


Registration and information:


Ms Claudia Holzmann from Human Resource Development (


𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫 – 𝐌𝐚𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭


"Raise your researcher profile to get the recognition you deserve": In this one-day workshop you will learn to use personal identifiers and author profiles to your advantage, understand the importance of metrics and explore the benefits of open access.


✔️ When? 22 September 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.


✔️ Where? TU Graz


Registration and information:


Ms Lisa-Marie Epple from Human Resource Development (




Tuition fees deadline for the Winter Semester 2022-2023 is 5th of September


Further information via the official link:




𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 - 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝟐𝟔 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐



Are you currently working on your PhD or about to start a dissertation project? Then we cordially invite you to join "Meeting Point Dissertation".


The event will provide useful information about the doctoral curriculum and the doctoral schools, as well as information about other offers and initiatives for PhD students. A PhD supervisor and former PhD students will share insights.


✔️ When? 26 September 2022, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


✔️ Where? Limited number of participants in person (first come first serve) at HS i9, Inffeldgasse 13, ground floor and streamed live for registered participants


Registration until 23 September via:


Further information about the event can be found in TU4U ( or please contact Human Resource Development (


𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 – 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 “𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭”


"When the day has no more than 24 hours": In this one-day workshop you will deal with your own use of time resources, learn about tools for time planning and derive individual measures.


✔️ When? 15 September 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


✔️ Where? TU Graz


Further information about the workshop can be found in TU4U ( Please send your registration to Ms Christina Pölzler from Human Resource Development (


PhD Union Seminar

Before going into our summer break our PhD Union Team met for the yearly PhD Union seminar.


We finished small tasks that somehow always get overlooked throughout the year. We thoroughly discussed how we want to shape our future work. And of course we also had ample time of food and fun in between as well as afterwards in the evening. 😄


We, the PhD Union, wish you a wonderful summer and are looking forward to seeing you again in Autumn! 🤗


𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐮𝐟𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

In a motivating environment, students have a whole evening together with other fellow students until late at night, to write all the papers they have been procrastinating on, to study for exams, or to finish reports that are about to be handed in.


There are also breakout sessions on selected topics such as efficient research, overcoming writer's block or literature management. Moreover, a writing and research consultation for individual questions throughout the night is planned.


A cold buffet will also be available, so the necessary food and drinks to dive full of energy into the work is provided.


When? 7 June, 5:30 pm


Where? HS II, Rechbauerstraße 12


Register via: (target group: university (project) assistants).


As the places in the rooms are limited, they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Contact person:


𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 🌍


𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝟒 – 𝟖 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐, 𝐋𝐞𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐧, 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚 🇦🇹


✅ 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨: The summer school is organized by the Data Science Hub Leoben at the Montanuniversität Leoben and TU Austria. The goal is to introduce machine learning and its application in engineering and physical sciences. Designed for PhD, Master, and advanced Bachelor students for an intensive five days of lectures, workshops and networking.


✅ 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: Montanuniversität Leoben will host the summer school from Monday, July 4th to Friday, July 8th, 2022. Expected arrival is Sunday, July 3th, 2022.


✅ 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: If you are interested in participating in the summer school, please send your application to Please note that the number of participants is limited. Application deadline: Saturday, May 14th, 2022


📝 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠:


• Complete CV


• Motivation Letter: Please tell us why you want to participate and which related expertise and experience you have.


Please mention any programming skills or other experiences with machine learning and related approaches.


We expect fluent English and an academic background in engineering or physical sciences.


✅ 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: : May 31th, 2022 Detailed information is available in the attached Summer School Schedule documents (both in German and English languages).


✅ 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬: Participation fee: €100 The participation fee includes: • all course material and lecture notes • coffee breaks • social events


✅ Travel- and accommodation costs need to be covered by the students individually. Accommodation costs for the week will be around €200. Please bring your own Laptop for the workshops.


✅ 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞: You will get a certificate of participation, also stating the number of hours worked. No ECTS points will be granted.


✅ 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬: Organizers: Prof. Dr. Peter Auer, Administration: Andrea Eichelberger,


Sincerely, your PhD Union


InComm Training 2022 | Creating an inclusive community by supervising students in their PhD.


Helping to create a better place for the current and future generation of educators of the doctoral programs together with the TU Graz, TU Graz International, TU Graz HR Development Department colleagues and EU partner Universities representatives during the InComm Training 2022 event.


Excellent workshops, dedicated to the major and important improvements in the University Environment, Inclusive International Classroom Creation, Inclusive Community Creation by supervising student in their PhDs.


Many thanks to the colleagues for the flawless organization, excellent planning and great support to make University a better place both for educators and PhD Students.


- Technische Universität Darmstadt


- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya




- KTH Royal Institute of Technology


- Instituto Superior Técnico


Dear fellow PhDs,


The Bibliothek und Archiv der TU Graz is organizing an interesting event relevant to the TU Graz Doctoral Students.

Offizial Event Link 


Date: 05.04.2022


Time: 10:00-11:00


Type of event: online


All PhD Students are invited to join.


If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact both PhD Union members and colleagues from the Bibliothek und Archiv der TU Graz.




your PhD Union


Dear fellow PhDs,


BaGru Physik & PhD Union would like to invite you to visit the Thermal Spa Resort Loipersdorf.


This year it will take place on April 1st.


For this purpose a bus is organized to take all participants to the thermal spa Loipersdorf and back to the Neue Technik.


Departure from Graz: 17:00, Stremayrgasse 16 (in front of the copy store of the TU Graz "Neue Technik")


Return journey to Graz: approx. 01:15 from the thermal spa Loipersdorf to the Neue Technik.


Participation costs per person (Therme and bus): 22€ for all who want to join.


Registration via from Monday, 21.03.2022, 19:00.


Please, do not forget your valid student ID (update date if necessary)!


We are looking forward to a relaxed evening with you!


Sincerely, Your PhD-Union & BaGru Physics


Dear fellow PhDs,


Do you want to visit and get to know TOP companies from technology, industry and research directly at their locations?


The IAESTE Graz Company Shuttle makes it possible this year!


This year two companies will be visited:


- Mercedes-Benz G GmbH


- AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies.


What can you expect?


- Get to know a TOP company on site


- Direct contact to recruiting


- Free breakfast


- Raffle among all participants


The registration is still open until 13.03. on the IASTE homepage:


Sincerely, your PhD Union


Award of three Excellence Scholarships/ 50th Anniversary/ Dr. Franz Josef Mayer-Gunthof Foundation

Dear fellow PhDs,

We would like to inform you that the Dr. Franz Josef Mayer-Gunthof Foundation of the Federation of Austrian Industries celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

On this occasion three excellence scholarships will be awarded. The foundation has an economic as well as a scientific orientation and addresses the corresponding students.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2022.

Scholarship Info:

General Information about current scholarships:

Contact person: MMag. Marion Poglitsch (


Green Tech Jam 2022

“Code & Concept for Green Tech”


25th and 26th of March 2022 online


Þ Want to get together with a bunch of creative and talented people and create digital solutions for international technology leaders in the field of green tech and have a lot of fun?


Þ Are you tired of lockdowns and longing for social interaction and (at least) an online party?


Come and join us at Green Tech Jam 2022! We are looking for brain powered enthusiasts with a green heart and a passion for contributing to a sustainable, worth living future!


We prepared 6 challenges for the smartest of you – are YOU going to hack the Green Tech Jam 2022? The winning teams are awarded 5.000€! Use your know-how and skills to shape a sustainable future!


Your advantages at a glance:


Þ Prize money of €5.000,- will be divided between the best solutions


Þ Test your skills on real use cases from industry partners


Þ Dine and party online (25€ Lieferando voucher for every participant)


Þ Face-to-face networking with industry partners at GTC innovators club in Graz (19.04.2022)


Þ Meet your future employer


Þ Work in interdisciplinary teams with talented people


Register here for free:


Challenges at Green Tech Jam 2022 are provided by



Check out the event website for more information on the challenges.


Information event: The FWF Open Access Policy and Open Access Funding Options

TU Graz Library is presenting an online information event with the title “The FWF Open Access Policy and Open Access Funding Options” on 26 January 2022.




Katharina Rieck, MA MA, Open Science Manager at the FWF, will present the development and current requirements of the FWF Open Access Policy and discuss funding opportunities for open access publications.


The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization for basic research and supports the ongoing development of Austrian science and basic research at a high international level. In this event you will learn: - what the FWF Open Access Policy means for approved projects, - how to obtain funding for scientific articles through the FWF's “Refereed Publications” program, and - which funding opportunities the FWF offers for open access books. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the lecturer.


The information event will take place online on January 26, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Join the event on:


The event language is English. Members of all Styrian universities are invited.


No registration required.


TU Graz Library Workshop: Effective searches in Compendex

On December 13th the TU Graz Library is presenting an online workshop on how to search effectively in the database Compendex with Christian Vier from Elsevier.


Compendex is an extensive bibliographic database in the field of engineering and technology. The database lists over 29 million articles and abstracts from over 6,000 journals, congress reports and technical reports across 190 engineering disciplines.


During this session, you will learn:


  • how to find relevant publications for your research,
  • how to optimize your search queries to get more precise results and
  • how to use filter and facets for better results.


After the presentation, there will be time for discussion.


The workshop “Compendex: Effective searches for your success” will be held online on December 13th 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.


Join the workshop on


For preregistration, please send an email to . This is optional and only necessary if you like to receive the slides afterwards per email.




International Days 2021

Have you been thinking about going abroad as part of your studies for some time now? Do you keep asking yourself the following questions: Where? When? For how long? What opportunities are there at all?

During the International Days 2021 from Tuesday, 19 October to Thursday, 21 October at Graz University of Technology, there will be various opportunities to get information, ask open questions and network with students who are currently doing a semester abroad or are doing their exchange at Graz University of Technology. 


Meeting Point Dissertation

What is it like doing a PhD? How can one stay motivated and focussed even when everything seems to go wrong? How many publications do I have to write and how can I be paid for my work? These and many other pressing questions were answered during “Meeting Point Dissertation” on September the 29th, which was attended by 140 PhDs – in person and virtually. We were blown away by the great discussion we had and the amount of relevant information which was packed into each presentation! We thank all the speakers, especially former PhDs Christian Knoll and Gundelinde Wiegel for sharing their life experience with us and for patiently answering a ton of questions! Another big thank you goes out to the Human Resource Development Department for organising this smooth event with our support!

Start of Studies

This page should help you to start your doctoral studies at TU Graz. You can find all details under:


0. Suitable Study Segree


You need a master's degree or equivalent in the field in which you want to earn a doctorate. In Austria, there is also the possibility to start a doctorate after a bachelor's degree. More information about this "fast track" option can be found in the curriculum and in the University Act (§ 64 Abs. 5).


1. Finding a supervisor


There are two ways to find a topic and a supervisor:


  1. You can apply to an open position (university assistant, project assistant or an industry position). In this case, the topic of the dissertation is already given.
  2. If you have a specific topic in mind, you can try to find a supervisor yourself who is willing to supervise the thesis..


Once you have found a professor who is willing to supervise your work, you need a confirmation of supervision. Without this you cannot enroll for the doctoral program!


Each professor belongs to a specific Doctoral School, depending on their field (physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, ...). Usually you enroll in the same DocSchool.


2. Admission to doctoral studies


After you have found a subject and a supervisor, it is time to contact the Student Services to find out which documents you need for registration. For the enrollment you have to appear in person at the Studienservice.


At Graz University of Technology, two different titles are offered for the doctorate: Dr. techn. (Doctor of Technical Sciences) or Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Natural Sciences). You have to choose one of them when you enroll. The curriculum for both is identical except for the title, so it is a purely cosmetic decision.


3. Education agreement


After registration you should receive your account for TUGrazOnline, with which you can also access the internal platform TU4U. There you will find all necessary information during your studies.


Now you need the so-called training agreement between you and your supervisor. This should contain the following points:


  • which DocSchool you belong to
  • the working title of your dissertation
  • a short description of your project
  • the confirmation of this project by your supervisor and the dean of studies.


How such a training agreement should look like is described in more detail in TU4U.


4. Welcome to the Doctoral Studies!


In order to record your work progress, you have to write a progress report every year. Details can be found in TU4U as well as under the menu item "My doctoral studies" on your business card in TUGrazOnline.


If you have questions, problems or any other concerns during your doctoral studies, don't hesitate to contact us! Maybe you have an idea for a great event or would like to actively shape your studies? Then just send us an email and drop by our next meeting!