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Talentmanagement in the research field Earth and Environment

Strategic human resources management is a key component of the mission of the Research Field Earth & Environment and a central prerequisite for scientific excellence.

Successful research relies on attracting outstanding talent in its diversity and offering ideal opportunities in the various research tasks. The Research Field's one-programme strategy offers enormous potential for the further development of individual competencies, for equal opportunities and networking.  The promotion of an excellent working environment enables scientists, administrative and science management staff as well as supervisors to fully develop their personal and professional potential.

The strategic human resources concept was developed by a working group from all centres of the Research Field and strategically accompanies the Research Field in the POF IV period. To this end, it contains a series of modules in order to create ideal framework conditions for scientific careers and long-term strategic competence building in the participating Helmholtz Centres:

The COMPASS mentoring programme is aimed at postdocs and science managers (e.g. project coordinators) who want to engage in strategic career development and decision-making. Participants in the COMPASS mentoring programme are supported in their active and targeted career development. A framework programme of four workshops is specifically tailored to career situations in science and science management. The experts who lead the programme support the participants in finding a suitable mentor for their individual needs. The mentors can come from all areas, from science as well as from the private, the public or the non-profit sector.

The COMPASS mentoring programme will be advertised once a year starting in 2022. The first round will begin in January 2023.

The module Bridging Spheres - Pop-Up Campus is aimed at (early career) scientists and science managers with a strong interest in science communication and transfer. In a three to five day format, they will be sensitised to the logic and functioning of societal subsystems, develop a deeper understanding of knowledge transfer, build their media skills and network between centres and with other disciplines. The format connects them with policy makers, representatives from other scientific disciplines (outside STEM), media representatives and HR managers from target professional organisations. In this way, a community of learners develops that builds knowledge and develops dialogue skills in a cooperative and supportive manner.

From 2023 onwards, the POP-UP CAMPUS will take place in close cooperation with SYNCOM once a year, rotating at a centre of the Research Field. The first POP-UP CAMPUS is expected to take place at KIT/IMK-IFU in September 2023.

In the Network module, the seven participating centres exchange information and interconnect. Within this framework, employees from Career Centres, Human Resources Development, Postdoc Offices and comparable organisational units have developed a joint strategy for talent management in the Research Field, derived a concept from it and are now planning joint activities in close coordination on an ongoing basis. In the process, the specific needs of the researchers are continuously examined and further opportunities for cross-centre cooperation are specifically identified.

Further modules are currently being developed and will be presented here in the future.