On September 27th, Germany will elect its 17th parliament (Bundestag). In anticipation of the election, we wanted to know what the large German political parties would do to support junior researchers in Germany in the future.
So we asked the parties some questions: about financial support structures for PhD students, career paths in German science, gender equality in academic research settings, and support for scientists with children, among others.
Now, you can read the answers of the parties here. To help you compare the parties’ positions, we prepared a summary, with extracts of the parties’ statements in response to each question. You can also read the full statements of each party (Grünen, Die Linke, SPD, FDP; CDU).
This survey of the political parties is a joint initiative of three large German networks of PhD students: Max Planck PhDnet, THESIS, and the Helmholtz Juniors. Commentaries written by representatives of these networks will be posted here on the blog.
Of course, we would also like to know what you think! Which party has the best ideas? Which ideas are garbage?
Do you agree with the SPD that the Wissenschaftszeitgesetz protects researchers from an indefinite series of short-term contracts? Or with the FDP that new, unique payment structures are needed that take into account the special situation of researchers?
Do you agree with DIE LINKE that hiring procedures should be formalized in order to be fairer towards women? Or with the Greens (BÜNDNIS90/Die Grünen) that universities should be required to meet a quota of at least 40% representation of each gender at every level of employment and in every department (Fachbereich)?
Post your comments here on the blog and join in the discussion! (The texts are in German, but also feel free to comment in English)
Here, again are all the links to the answers of the parties (in German):
Parteien zur Wissenschaftpolitik 2009 (comparison of answers to our questions by all parties, plus a short foreword)
Also, check out the commentaries that are being posted on this blog:
Science And Society (German)
Science as Career (German)
A partly similar party survey on science policy was published in the August/September edition of the magazine Physik Journal:
Dabei beziehen sich die Fragen insbesondere auf Forschung, Technologie und universitäre Bildung. Welche Prioritäten möchten die Parteien in der Forschungsförderung setzen? Welche Klimaschutzziele verfolgen sie und wie sollen diese erreicht werden? Wie lassen sich die deutschen Hochschulen für Wissenschaftler und Studierende attraktiver machen?