Doctoral representatives

All doctoral candidate at Graduate Center Weihenstephan (GZW) elected two doctoral representatives. They are members of the Graduate Council at TUM and represented the members of GZW. Additionally they have the right to hospitality in the Faculty council of the TUM School of Life Sciences.

At the moment you are represented by:

Julia Kemmerer
Speaker of doctoral candidates
Forest Operations

Andreas Dobler
Deputy Speaker of doctoral candidates
Aquatic Systems Biology

Contact: doktorandenvertretung[at]

"You're kindly invited to contact us if you have any questions, ideas and problems. We are here to listen your opinions and forward your requests to responsible person. We are glad to welcome everyone who would like to get involved and further improve GZW. Please drop by our next Meeting. We're looking forward to see you there."

Supervisory Award 2019

Nominate your supervisor

You are very happy with your supervision of your doctoral thesis and you think that your supervisor does an extraordinary good job?
Then nominate your supervisor for the Supervisory Award 2019 and win 5000€ for all PhD-Candidates of your supervisor!

How to nominate your supervisor and more information about the Supervisory Award you find here:

Additionally the best three supervisors of the Graduate Center Weihenstephan will be awarded and get a win of 250€ each.

Send your application to gzw[at] 

For any questions contact gc-speakers[at]

Supervisory Award 2018

from left: Stefan Steinhauser (Deputy speaker of doc. candidates), Dr. Mario Jekle, Prof. Donna Ankerst, Prof. Michael Pfaffl, Julia Kemmerer (Speaker of doc. candidates), Foto: Nutthapol Wattanakul

This year, the Supervisory Award was held for the first time at the TUM. This prize, which honours particularly good supervision of doctoral students, is awarded by the TUM Graduate Council, the convent of doctoral students at the TUM. It is endowed with a prize money of EUR 5,000.00 for the TUM-wide winner.

At the GZW, 27 supervisors were nominated by their doctoral students; more than at any other TUM Graduate Center. From the nominees, the top 3 supervisors of the Graduate Center were elected in a preselection. These are:

Dr. Mario Jekle (Brewing and Beverage Technology)

Prof. Michael Pfaffl (Animal Physiology and Immunology)

Prof. Donna Ankerst (Biostatistics)

During the GZW Summer Party on Friday, the 13th of July 2018, they received a certificate for their achievements. In addition, they were honoured with a prize money of 250€ each for their working group.

The TUM's best supervisor is Prof. Bernhard Wolfrum, LS Neuroelectronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology who was elected by the Graduate Council on the 29th of May 2018.

Congratulations to everyone!