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:

AG Finance

Members 2019: Bettina Bolterauer (Universität Kiel), contact person; Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen); Nadine Dreyer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

AG Public Relations

Members 2019: Mabel Braun (Universität Bayreuth), contact person; Yvonne Weber (Universität Kassel); Felicitas Thönneßen (KIT Karlsruhe); Michaela Krex (Universität Siegen)

AG Quality

Members 2019: Heike Rauer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), contact person; Juliane Berndt-Hanisch (TU Berlin);  Sara Werthmüller (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen); Jonas Buche (Leibniz Universität Hannover); Ira Künnecke (Universität zu Köln); Marlar Kin (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.); Hann Nölting (Universität Münster); Lydia Generotzky (TU München)

AG Strategy

Members 2019: Yvonne Eder (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), contact person; Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen); Katharina Klaas (Universität Freiburg); 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