Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - HU-Docs


Why Doc-Tandem?

Doing a PhD is a lonely time in many respects. Many doctoral researchers feel left alone, the old friends suddenly have other projects or jobs, and the supervisor or the feedback in the colloquium cannot solve all problems. Those doing their doctorate outside a structured programme or research project are the most frequent victims of this phenomenon. They often have problems motivating and organising themselves. The Doc-Tandem programme offers one possible solution to this, and pools forces to keep motivation high and get through difficult periods.

Please note that the Doc-Tandem is not designed for learning a foreign language. There are separate tandem exchanges for this, e.g. from the Language Centre.

How to find a Tandem partner?

You may ask for Tandem partners at any time, for example in the HU-Docs groups on Telegram, Whatsapp or facebook, or in the Doc Cafe or any other meeting.

Our last dedicated Doc-Tandem meeting was on Friday, December 3rd, 2021, from 6 p.m.. At the tandem evening, we will give you the opportunity to get to know potential tandem partners and exchange contact details so that each pair can then make their own arrangements.
The form and content of this partnership is up to you. Please think about your wishes before the tandem evening so that you can find a suitable partner. We will form the following four groups:

  1. Are you looking for professional exchange regarding your research?
  2. Do you want to write in parallel and check on each other's progress?
  3. Do you need someone to motivate you? Moral support?
  4. Or maybe something completely different?

The tandem partnership can be organised in different ways, here are some suggestions of possible arrangements:

  • Regular meetings, e.g. once a week, via video conference or physically.
  • Proofreading each other's drafts.
  • Practising presentations with your partner.
  • Permanent zoom in the home office to simulate the lively office feeling.

We are looking forward to your participation in our tandem-evening on December 3rd, 6 p.m.. Moderation of the event will take place in English. Most of the time you will be communicating one to one with potential partners, in any language of your choice.

Meeting ID: 682 6880 5908
Password: 959117

On that evening, we will have a short introduction round, then you will form groups depending on your interests (see above) and have the chance to get to know each other better.