History and Organization


On 10 June 2010 experts from 20 dual career services at German institutes of higher education met in Berlin and initiated the “Dual Career Network Germany" (DCND). The idea for this initiative has been developed since 2009 by the Universities of Heidelberg, Kiel, Konstanz, Stuttgart, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Technical University Munich and Tubingen in the light of an increasing number of conferences held on the subject.

The cooperation in a network allows for close cooperation while respecting different levels of commitment of the partners. The chosen name Dual Career Network Germany (DCND). It was important to find an expression that would include not only universities but other potential members as well, such as research institutes.

The „Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.”, a German industry initiative promoting science and learning, and its dural career funding program was an important driver for the development of the network structure and its work process. Furthermore, network meetings and specific trainign measures for the member's  dual career consultants were possible. From 2013 on, the network is financed by mempership fees.



In spring 2019, the network counts 47 members.

The speakerswomen

All network members elect two speakerswomen/-men for a period of 2 years. The speakerswomen/-men may be contacted for press inquiries and questions regarding DCND membership.

Current speakerswomen: Kerstin Melzer (Universität Konstanz) and Yvonne Eder (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Former speakerswomen: Katharina Klaas (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg); Charlotte Reinisch (Universität Potsdam); Kerstin Dübner-Gee (Technische Universität München); Marlar Kin (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.)

Working groups

DCND is organized in working groups (wg):

AG Finance

Bettina Bolterauer (Universität Kiel), main contact wg; Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen); Nadine Dreyer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

AG Public Relations

Mabel Braun (Universität Bayreuth), main contact wg and website-editor; Rouven Sperling (Dual Career Netzwerk Berlin); Jana Bäuerlen (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt); Yvonne Weber (Universität Kassel); Felicitas Thönneßen (KIT Karlsruhe); Michaela Krex (Universität Siegen)

AG Quality

Heike Rauer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), main contact wg; Juliane Berndt-Hanisch (TU Berlin);  Sara Werthmüller (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen); Jonas Buche (Leibniz Universität Hannover); Ira Künnecke (Universität zu Köln); Hanna Nölting (Universität Münster); Lydia Generotzky (TU München); Arne Schumacher (DCN Ruhr)

AG Strategy

Yvonne Eder (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), main contact wg; Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen); Katharina Klaas (Universität Freiburg); Ira Künnecke (Universität zu Köln); Kerstin Melzer (Universität Konstanz); Marlar Kin (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.)

Honorary members

Persons who have made outstanding contributions to network foundation and development are nominated as honorary members after their personal resignation.

Kerstin Dübner-Gee
Elke Gramespacher
Charlotte Reinisch
Selma Speith Kölbl
Ulrike Buntenbruch