In 2010, the Dual Career Network Germany was founded by 20 university dual career services in Berlin. The goal was to professionalize and establish the then still young profession of dual career counseling.
It has been a success: The DCND has made a significant contribution to the quality management of dual career services and has made it almost impossible to imagine academia without dual career support. As a tool for success, dual career supports strategies for finding and retaining top talent, for family support, for equal opportunities or for internationalization.
The members of the DCND are dual career services at universities, colleges and non-university science institutions as well as regional dual career networks related to the science landscape. Together, they support around 1,000 dual career partners per year in finding career prospects at the new locations. With their expertise, the members of the network contribute significantly to the establishment of the DCND on a national and international level and strengthen Germany as a center of science and research.
The network offers its members professional exchange and training tailored specifically to the requirements of dual career advisors.
All members of the DCND elect a tandem of spokespersons for a term of two years, who lead the network and represent it externally.
Ira Künnecke (since 2020, University of Cologne)
Rouven Sperling (since 2021, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)
Yvonne Eder (2016-2021, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Kerstin Melzer (2015-2019, University of Konstanz), Marlar Kin (2012-2016, formerly Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Katharina Klaas (2013-2015, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg); Charlotte Reinisch (2010-2013, formerly University of Potsdam); Kerstin Dübner-Gee (2010-2012, formerly Technical University of Munich).
Honorary members of the network
Individuals who have significantly influenced the development of the network through their commitment are appointed honorary members of the DCND by the members after their retirement:
Working groups of the DCND
Contact person and treasurer: Bettina Bolterauer (University of Kiel).
Further members: Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen), Daniela Siebe (University of Jena) and Martina Takors (University of Stuttgart).
Workgroup Public Relations
Contact person: Jana Bäuerlen (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Other members: Rouven Sperling (Dual Career Network Berlin), Stephanie Bühren (Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences), Samira Abdel Wahed (University of Bremen).
Workgroup Quality Management
Contact person: Heike Rauer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Other members: Hanna Nölting (for continuing education, University of Münster), Juliane Hanisch-Berndt (for continuing education, TU Berlin), Kristin Dittrich (DCN Ruhr), Clarissa Schöller (TU Munich), Johanna Lissek (University of Cologne).
Contact person: Ira Künnecke (University of Cologne) and Rouven Sperling (Dual Career Network Berlin)
Other members: Marlar Kin (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science), Kerstin Melzer (University of Konstanz), Nicole Richter (RWTH Aachen), Yvonne Eder (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)