PhD students' representation

The PhD students' representation represents all faculties of Leibniz University Hannover as well as the Leibniz Research Schools, which have been granted the right to confer doctorates. The PhD students' representation facilitates an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty exchange on matters relating to doctoral studies. It thus contributes to further promoting a transdisciplinary, cooperative and international doctoral culture at Leibniz University Hannover.

Members of the PhD students' representation in front of the main university building Members of the PhD students' representation in front of the main university building Members of the PhD students' representation in front of the main university building
back (from left): Yash Bhatia, Lena Schade, Katharina Lakisa, Niklas Rother, Carolin Höner, Michael Wulf; center (from left): Annika Schwark, Stefan Dierkes, Leonie Telgmann, Maximilian Lückemann; front (from left): Bernd Meyer-Hoppe, Malte Schweizer


The PhD students' representation sends one representative to the Senate and one representative to the Executive Board of the Graduate Academy. The Spokesperson's Council represents the PhD students' representation externally.

  Senate Graduate Academy Spokesperson's Council
Representative Michael Wulf Soschia Karimi
Deputy Maximilian Lückemann Lena Schade

Elected representatives in the faculties

Faculty Representative Deputy
Faculty of Natural Sciences Carolin Höner Malte Schweizer
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Yash Bhatia -
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Niklas Rother -
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Michael Wulf -
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science - -
Faculty of Humanities Leonie Telgmann Annika Schwark
Stefan Dierkes
Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences Riccarda Cappeller Kathleen Dahmen
Faculty of Law Katharina Lakisa Jasmin Wulf
Lena Schade
David Erhardt
Faculty of Economics and Management Soschia Karimi Maximilian Lückemann
QUEST Leibniz Research School Berd Meyer-Hoppe -


The PhD students' representatives are elected every two years in January. The term of office of the elected representatives begins on April 1 of the year in which the elections took place.


The regulations of the PhD students' representation (in German)form the basis of the doctoral students' representation. They are supplemented by the rules of procedure (in German) which the PhD students' representation adopted on 29.06.2017.


Together with the PhD students' representatives of eight other universities in Lower Saxony, the PhD students' representatives of Leibniz University Hannover have written an open letter on the amendment of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). In the open letter, the PhD students' representatives call for a strengthening of the right of participation in higher education policy.


You are welcome to write directly to the elected members of your faculty. Otherwise, please contact the chair of the Spokesperson's Council or the general address: