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Early-career scientists demand debate on employment

Die Junge Akademie, an association of early-career scientists in Germany, has called for an “intensified structural debate” on careers, or lack thereof.

The academy’s demand comes in the wake of ongoing negotiations around the Hochschulpakt, a multi-annual financing programme for research and higher education. The Hochschulpakt regulates joint financing between the government and Germany’s 16 states, with the goal of bringing about increased support and funding for science and higher education in German politics.

The government should not only discuss the amounts of university funding, but deal with fundamental questions such as whether the personnel structures at universities are fit for purpose, the academy said on 25 April. It called for a share of the funds to be used to create permanent professorships and stable work environments for postdocs.

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