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PhD interConnect

"PhD interConnect" is the International Office's support and qualification program for international PhD students.

The program includes a series of events such as workshops, seminars, excursions, discussion evenings and other formats.

Under guidance of the International Office, a group of four international doctoral students plans, promotes and organizes this series of events on topics of relevance to both international and local doctoral students.

This gives Ph.D. students the opportunity for further academic and non-academic qualification. In addition, interdisciplinary networks are formed and doctoral students are given the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing internationalization of the UOS.

Summer Semester 2022 Events

Career Seminar: Transitioning from PhD to Industry

Are you a PhD student who would like to start an industry career after graduation? This short online seminar might be right for you.
Dr. Philip Gruner did his PhD at Max Planck Institute in Göttingen where he focussed his studies on microfluids. He moved to Denmark and started his position as science manager at Novozymes before he defended his PhD.
In this workshop, Dr. Pihlip Gruner will share with you his story on how he successfully transitioned from PhD to industry. He will also give you some hints on what to anticipate during the transitions and recommendation on how to achieve a successful transition.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 9:30 am

No registration required!

PhD interConnect get-together

It is with please that the PhD interConnect team invites you to our cultural get-together. We will meet at Helikoniensaal, located in the botanical garden and with access to a small kitchen and bathrooms. When the botcanical garden closes, we can go for drinks at a pub or restaurant. Please bring your own food (preferably from your own country) to share with the group and drinks of your choice. A bluetooth sound box will be provided so we can listen to music from different countries. If you want to put your favourite band or singer on the playlist, please send an e-mail to Cyntia at

Date: 6 May 2022
Time: 1 pm - approx. 6 pm
Location: Helikoniensaal (64/E10) at botanical garden (Albrechtstr. 29, 49076 Osnabrück)

Building the road back home - Going back after PhD abroad

What is the event about?
- Are you in the process of deciding whether you want to return home after your studies?
- Have you already made up your mind and are you preparing to continue your career in your home country? What should you consider during this process?

Two alumni from Osnabrück University will discuss their experiences of studying abroad and returning to their home countries to continue their careers. They will share their recommendations for a successful reintegration into academic and professional life.
- Dr. Caroline K. Lumosi: Fisheries Specialist; The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Kenya
- Dr. Mariano Rosabal-Coto: Psychological Research Institute, University of Costa Rica

Date: Wednesday, 22 June, 6 pm CET. Online event. Registration required.
Place: Online event:
Organiser: Esteban Durán Delgado

Online Workshop: Networking in Academic and Professional Settings
Are you interested in creating and managing multiple collaborative contacts and networks in academic, professional and social settings?
If so, make sure to sign up for an engaging workshop offered by Dr. Debbie Coetzee-Lachmann. Dr. Coetzee-Lachmann is a communication expert with vast experience in intercultural and professional communication. Her session can only accommodate 12 participants, so please send an e-mail to in order to register! See you there!

Date: August 03.2022
Time: 3.30 pm - 5 pm
Venue: Digital/BBB
Language: English
Organiser: Edwin Mutyenyoka

The Team behind the summer term project 2022

Cynthia Machado

My name is Cyntia Machado and I am a history teacher in Brazil. I have a bachelor degree in History and in Law; a specialization in Public Security Policies and a Master's Degree in Labour Policies and Globalisation. Currently, I am cursing the second semester of my doctorate here in Osnabrück at IMIS. My main object of study is the domestic workers in Latin America, more precisely the struggle for better working conditions for this immense and ignored labor category. I'm very communicative and make friends easily. As a good Brazilian, I like to get people together and enjoy what life has to offer.

Stevanus Listian

My name is Stevanus Listian. I am a cell biologist who are working under Dr. Caroline Barisch. Together we are investigating how lipids from the host are being manipulated to enhance the growth of the intracellular pathogen. Originating from Indonesia, I am very eager to meet and connect with fellow PhD from all over the world. I find connecting and helping fellow students as an enriching experience. As hobbies, I like to run, dance, and sing karaoke with friends. I am looking forward to see you all.


Edwin Mutyenyoka

My name is Edwin Mutyenyoka, I come from Zimbabwe and I am a PhD Candidate in the Institute for Migration Research and Interculural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück. As a member of the PhD InterConnect group, I cherish being part of projects and programs that seek to network PhD Candidates from different disciplines, backgrounds and cultures.


Esteban Durán Delgado

I am Esteban Durán Delgado, independent Ph.D. Student from San José, Costa Rica. My subject is Developmental Psychology and Culture, and my research is about conceptions of care, parenting and attachment in low-income families, both nationals and immigrants. Results will further allow us to understand more about the interactions between the everyday challenges of parenting and living conditions.


Project team winter term 2021/2022

Adriana Maria Bernal Escobar

I am a Colombian living in Osnabrück since 2018. I am part of UOS’s Institute of Environmental Systems Research where I am finishing my PhD in Natural Sciences. In my doctoral thesis I look at the relevance of equity in the design of Payments for ecosystem services, by conducting economic experiments with Colombian farmers. I love sharing and meeting new people through food. I am excited about this new opportunity to connect with other PhD students and discover new cultures and fields of study.

Maryam Hosseini

I'm Maryam Hosseini. I was born and raised in Iran, Shiraz. I studied translation and linguistics in Tehran. I am a PhD candidate in English studies and linguistics, focusing on cognitive metaphor and emotion. As a member of PhD interconnect group, I will be glad to provide you with an informative workshop on „intercultural communication“, inviting a guest lecturer from the UK!

Zongyao Yi

​​​​​​*Field of research: Intelligent robots
*Responsibilities within the project: organizing networking events and fostering connections between participants
*Hobbies: Badminton, video games




I'm Daniel from Peru, a first-year PhD student in Systematic Musicology. I'm very excited to move to Germany with my family, get to meet different people, and learn lots of new stuff. Not too long ago, I had no idea life would put me on this path. I'm very glad it did. I love music and I desperately need to learn German!"


Your contact person for questions or feedback

Anna-Julia Toll

Tel.: +49 541 969-4106

Raum: 19/E07
International Office
Neuer Graben 27
49074 Osnabrück

Sprechzeiten: Eine Beratung erfolgt jederzeit per E-Mail. Persönliche Termine nach Vereinbarung. / Consultation any time by email. Personal appointments upon request.

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