Workshops 2023

The information on the workshops will be updated continuously.

Sunday 24 Sept. / 12:00-13.20

Since the publication of the report  “Beste Bedingungen für junge Ökonominnen und Ökonomen?” by the VfS's working group “Early Career Scientists”, relevant discussions on the subject of contract length regulations ("Befristungen") have come up and the subject of abuse of power in the academic context has also come into focus.

In this workshop, on the one hand, early career scientists are given the opportunity to exchange ideas with the VfS and articulate their concerns, on the other hand, experts will explain the current situation on the subject of time limitations, present best practices in mentoring and supervisory relationships, and report on support offers for people in crisis situations.

Target Audience:
Doctoral students, post-docs, and junior professors

  • Stephanie Dittmer (ifo Munich)
  • Florian Englmaier (LMU Munich)
  • Christiane Joerk (DFG)
  • Fabian Kindermann (Universität Regensburg)
  • Georg Weizsäcker (Humboldt Universität Berlin)

Sunday 24 Sept. / 13:30-15:30

Women are still strongly underrepresented in economics. Many young female researchers do not have the necessary contacts in their discipline that would enable them to assess the possibilities of pursuing a scientific career. They often do not have access to an experienced fellow scientist who could help reduce uncertainty or give concrete answers to specific questions about career or life plans.

With the Mentoring Workshop we aim to give young female scientists a forum where they receive information on working in academia, and get the opportunity to discuss topics such as research strategy and life-work balance. In addition, there will be the opportunity for questions, exchanging ideas and experiences, as well as networking.

Target audience:
Doctoral students, post-docs, and junior professors

Workshop goal:
To provide information on career possibilities in universities and in research institutions, to increase professional and personal networks.

Go for It! Post-doc career paths
Define Yourself! Research agenda and the publication process
Expose Yourself! Presentations, social media, and networking
Don’t Overstretch! Teaching and committee work
Get funded! Research funding
Enjoy Life! Work-life balance

  • Silke Anger (IAB / Bamberg University)
  • Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Marianne Saam (ZBW)
  • C. Katharina Spieß (Federal Institute for Population Research)
  • Doris Weichselbaumer (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Katharina Wrohlich (DIW Berlin)

Moderation: Doris Weichselbaumer (VfS Equal Opportunities Officer)

Sunday 24 Sept. / 20:00-22:00

A Happy Hour of the European Committee for LGBTQ+-Economists (ECQE) will take place on Sunday September 24 from 8pm on at the bar Heimat (Address: Am Römling 9, Regensburg). Participants have to pay for their own food and drinks. Registration is not required. But sending an e-mail to Marianne Saam ( until September 17 would facilitate the organization.

Monday and Tuesday: start: 8:00 (all day)

The workshop provides training for candidates going to this year’s job market for fresh economics PhDs and those who want to improve their academic communication skills. It is organized by Rüdiger Bachmann (University of Notre Dame), Anna Louise Bindler (University of Cologne), and Bastian Schulz (Aarhus University).

Since the number of slots is limited, applicants need to be members of the VfS who pay the reduced fee and submit a CV and a potential job market paper. The workshop organizers will select candidates based on this material.

If you are interested, please submit your application by July 15, 2023 to Please use as the email’s subject “Application Junior Job Market Workshop“. Successful applicants will be informed soon after the deadline.


  • Presentation on the international job market


  • Three-minute spiel on the job market paper
  • Mock interviews
  • Presentation of the job market paper


  • Raising awareness with PhD students that the presentation and proper communication of research is ever more important for a career in academia.
  • Teaching of the often informal rules and scripts that govern the international and domestic academic job market. Feedback from experienced senior researchers.
  • PhD students need to learn to prove themselves outside the comfort zone of their own departments.

Target Group:
Advanced PhD students who are thinking about going on the international job market.
Advanced PhD students with a more German focus who want to improve their communication and presentation skills.

  • Rüdiger Bachmann (University of Notre Dame)
  • Anna Louise Bindler (University of Cologne)
  • Bastian Schulz (Aarhus University)

Tuesday 26 Sept. / 11:00-12:30

Female Economists and their important work are underrepresented in the media landscape. The public dialogue about the economy could and should be more diverse. Bastian Brinkmann from Süddeutsche Zeitung offers insights into the inner workings of the media. What are typical deadlines? Can I see my verbatim quotes before they are published and how can I handle this? What's the difference between TV, radio, local and national newspapers? We would like to have this workshop as participatory as possible. There will be no slides. The focus will be on the German media landscape. Bring any question or real-life experience and we can talk about it. We also want to hear from you: How can journalist do better?

  • Bastian Brinkmann (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Wednesday 27 Sept. / 14:00-16:00

First generation academics – typically individuals who were the first in their families that have obtained any university education – often face challenges that are specific to their social background (for example because of hidden curricula etc.). At the same time, our background shapes our perspectives, and it is therefore important to achieve a better representation of FirstGens in economics. This session will discuss challenges of #firstgen academics and aims at developing ideas to tackle social barriers in Economics. First gen faculty members will share their experiences and give advice and guidance.

  • Andreas Peichl (ifo Institute / LMU Munich)
  • Effrosyni Adamopoulou (ZEW)
  • Tina Hinz (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge)

Questions and answers about using CORE Econ – including the new ebook The Economy 2.0

Wednesday 27 Sept. / 14:00-15:00

As Samuelson said in 1948 in the first edition of Economics, the course should teach “the really interesting and vital problems of public policy” using “the methods of analysis … that have been employed by 90% of the active academic economists under the age of 50 in the last decade”. The problems have changed and, like Samuelson, that entails rewriting the textbook. In this workshop, find out about CORE Econ’s new ebook The Economy 2.0 (Wendy Carlin, UCL), how and why problems of financial instability should be taught (Claudia Buch, Deutsche Bundesbank and lead author of the CORE Insight Too big to fail), and how the inequality revolutions in micro- and macroeconomics can be brought to the introductory classroom (Ralph Luetticke, University of Tübingen).

  • Wendy Carlin (UCL)
  • Ralph Luetticke (Tübingen University)