7. Final Comments
The continuing improvement of the general conditions for young researchers is one of the prime objectives of Heidelberg University. The Senate Commission on "The situation of young researchers at the University of Heidelberg" would like to continue its work and, in particular, work on ways of improving the long-term career prospects of young academics, e.g. through expanding the positions below the W3 professorship and making them more flexible.
In the context of the Annual Report of the Rectorate, the Rector will report regularly on the implementation of these guidelines, on the basis of data from the Graduate Academy. The Senate Commission on "The situation of young researchers at the University of Heidelberg" will evaluate the effects of the recommendations in due course (approximately five years after their adoption) and submit proposals for further elaboration to the Senate.
Adopted by the Senate of Heidelberg University on 19 July 2005.
Heidelberg, 20 September 2005
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Hommelhoff