The Max Planck PhDnet is the network of about 5000 doctoral researchers within the Max Planck Society (http://www.phdnet.mpg.de/).
The Max Planck PhDnet (PhDnet) is the network of about 5000 doctoral researchers within the Max Planck Society (http://www.phdnet.mpg.de/). The PhDnet was founded in 2003 at its first meeting in Heidelberg to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, to optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and to strengthen academic solidarity.
At the PhDnet General Meeting 2015, new statutes were adopted that define the role and the election procedure of PhD Representatives at the 84 Max Planck Institutes for the first time. For a valid election as PhD Representative a participation quorum (50% of the eligible voters) and an absolute majority is necessary. These criteria are the foundation for a legitimate representational body, since the PhD Representatives are also the delegates for the General Assembly where they elect the Steering Group - the PhDnet board.