Partners in the Doctoral Process

Partners in the Doctoral Process

Do you have questions about Doctoral studies, financing options or do you need help in the admission process or with your scholarship? Are you looking for support in a crisis or conflict situation?

Graduate School and Doctoral Office as well as numerous support and service personnel will be happy to provide information and advice during your PhD journey!

Supervisory Relationship

Key to academic success is the positive and fruitful relationship with the supervisor through a shared commitment to scientific and professional excellence and integrity. An early meeting in the planning stages of the dissertation is essential to discuss roles and clarify i.e.:

  • the scope and regularity of meetings
  • what is expected of the candidate in these meetings
  • how research results are to be documented
  • the supervisor’s preferred approach for giving regular feedback

The supervisor will offer valuable recommendations regarding e.g. the dissertation option and Graduate students may also want to seek guidance and advice choosing the 2nd supervisor.

! Taking notes after a meetingandsharing thesewith the supervisor will ease follow-upsand referencing agreements.

Crisis and Conflict situations

While earning a graduate degree is exciting, the journey can be long and challenging and almost all Doctoral students are confronted with certain difficulties or frustration at some point during the academic process, such as i.e. difficult financial conditions, writer's block or time pressure. Whether you are experiencing issues or need personal help - early action is always key!

Your supervisors are usually your first stop to overcome obstacles to your academic success. However, if it is precisely this relationship which is part of the problem, our counselors are your first step if you are not sure what to do next or feel stuck and seek guidance sorting through a conflict or concern with your supervisor. The counselors are scientists and/or professors who were once Doctoral students themselves and also have experience as supervisors of dissertations.

They provide a safe and confidential place to discuss and clarify concerns and will help you navigate through difficult situations by identifying options and creating problem-solving strategies.



Beate Berkelmann-Löhnertz
Prof. Dr. Beate Berkelmann-Löhnertz
Building 6120
Room 01.57
Phone +49 6722 502 415
Beate.Berkelmann-Loehnertz(at) Details
Robert Anton Göbel
Prof. Dr. Robert Anton Göbel
Building 5800
Room E4
Phone +49 6722 502 703
Robert.Goebel(at) Details
Katrin Kahlen
apl. Prof. Dr. Katrin Kahlen
Building 6101
Room 00.03
Phone +49 6722 502 582
Katrin.Kahlen(at) Details
Eva Mosner-Bechtold
Dr. Eva Mosner-Bechtold
Building 1000
Room 205
Phone +49 6722 502 471
Eva.Mosner(at) Details
Safeguarding Responsible Conduct of Research

The Ombudspersons are elected in the Senate and are the main contact for all members of the university with questions and conflicts linked to Responsible Conduct of Research offering advise and investigation:

All members of Hochschule Geisenheim University are required and actively committed to the prevention of research misconduct as well as to working arte legis.

What is Research Misconduct?

  • Fabrication, falsification of data or research results and/or reports
  • Infringement of intellectual property rights (plagiarism, theft of ideas and knowledge, unauthorized publications)
  • Unauthorized use of (co-) authorship
  • Sabotage or manipulation of research materials, equipment or processes
  • Removal of primary data
  • Joint responsibility for misconduct (participation in misconduct, neglect of supervisory responsibilities)
  • Misconduct of reviewers or Committee members

The rules of responsible conduct of research shoud be consciously explored from the very beginning of the research endeavors and writing process. This eliminates any possibility of misconduct in dealing with data and references ensuring the work to be impeccable. 
! „Responsible Conduct of Research“ is a workshop which is regularly offered by Graduate School to HGU‘s scientific community.

Ombuds Persons
Mirjam Hey
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Hey
Building 5910
Room 00.05
Phone +49 6722 502 736
Mirjam.Hey(at) Details
Robert Anton Göbel
Prof. Dr. Robert Anton Göbel
Building 5800
Room E4
Phone +49 6722 502 703
Robert.Goebel(at) Details
Doctoral Committee

The members of the Doctoral Committee are elected itogether with a deputy by the Senate of the Hochschule Geisenheim University as follows:  

(3rd electoral term until August 31st 2023)

  • Vice President Research (Chair) 
  • Three members of the group of professors
  • Two postdocs 
  • One Doctoral student (and deputy) with an advisory vote

The Doctoral Committee establishes and safeguards the policies and standards for Doctoral studies at Hochschule Geisenheim University such as e.g.

  • Approval of admission and the application to the Doctoral program
  • Appointment of supervisors and reviewers
  • Review of requests concerning the Doctoral procedure, i.e. changing the title or language of the dissertation
  • Review and feedback of Annual Progress Reports
  • Appointment of Examination Committee
  • Coordination of decisions and adminstrative matters with the Doctoral Committee of the partner university if applicable

The Doctoral Committee convenes twice within a semester.

Next meeting: 

47th Meeting of the Doctoral Committee on Monday, October 10th, 2022  - 3.00 - 4.00 p.m.

! Deadline for the submission of applications is 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

Members of the Doctoral Admission Committee
Annette Reineke
Prof. Dr. Annette Reineke
Building 6120
Room 01.56
Phone über +49 6722 502 411
Annette.Reineke(at) Details
Simone Loose
Prof. Dr. Simone Loose
Building 5800
Room E7
Phone +49 6722 502 382
Simone.Loose(at) Details
Manfred Stoll
Prof. Dr. Manfred Stoll
Building 6205
Room 302
Phone über +49 6722 502 141
Manfred.Stoll(at) Details
Jürgen Wendland
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wendland
Phone über +49 6722 502 331
Juergen.Wendland(at) Details
Heiko Mibus-Schoppe
Prof. Dr. Heiko Mibus-Schoppe
Building 1000
Room 301
Phone +49 6722 502 532
Heiko.Mibus-Schoppe(at) Details
Ilona Leyer
Prof. Dr. Ilona Leyer
Building 1000
Room 218
Phone +49 6722 502 463
Ilona.Leyer(at) Details
Peter Braun
Prof. Dr. Peter Braun
Building 6102
Room EG
Phone über +49 6722 502 561
Peter.Braun(at) Details
Katrin Kahlen
apl. Prof. Dr. Katrin Kahlen
Building 6101
Room 00.03
Phone +49 6722 502 582
Katrin.Kahlen(at) Details
Eva-Maria Spindler-Raffel
Dr. Eva-Maria Spindler-Raffel
Matthias Friedel
Dr. Matthias Friedel
Building 6205
Room 304
Phone +49 6722 502 165
Matthias.Friedel(at) Details
Committee work for Doctoral students

Serving on a committee is often expected for tenure-track faculty at many universities, so sitting on committees as a Doctoral student is a useful way to develop and exhibit the collaborative skills this work requires. It can also help you learn policy-making skills valued in many professions.

As a Doctoral student you can help shape the development of Hochschule Geisenheim University in various committees. Possibilities are offered e.g. in the Senate, the Doctoral Committee
(a strong voice for the Doctoral community!) or the Committee on Research and Development (R&D).

For the Doctoral Committee the Doctoral student representative and her/his deputy are elected in the Senate. Both are the point of contact for their fellow Doctoral students and serve as advisors to the Doctoral Committee. 

If you are interested in participating or have questions regarding the modalities for candidacy and election, please contact the Doctoral Office.