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DZL Academy - Promotion of Early Career Researchers & Career Development

German Center for Lung Research (DZL)

The German Center for Lung Research (DZL) is an association of the leading university and non-university institutions dedicated to lung research in Germany. Using translational research methods, the DZL seeks to jointly develop new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of serious lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, diffuse parenchymal lung disease, end stage lung disease, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, pneumonia, and acute lung injury. For more information, please visit: www.dzl.de


DZL Academy

Our in-house structure to promote the education, training and career development of our early-career members (which includes PhD students, post-doctoral fellows in their first post-doctoral appointment, as well as medical doctors in their internship or residency training, or during their medical thesis research). The DZL Academy webpage may be found at www.dzl.de/index.php/en/careers/dzl-academy


DZL Early-career members: Please become a DZL Academy Fellow!

To access the many advantages provided by the DZL Academy (mentorship, travel sponsorship, networking, etc.), you need to become a Fellow of the DZL Academy.

If you are a PhD student, post-doctoral fellow, or early career stage medical doctor: Please circulate this information amongst your colleagues, AND apply for fellowships of the DZL Academy here: www.dzl.de/index.php/en/careers/dzl-academy/access-to-the-dzl-academy-programs


DZL Mentoring Program - Careers in Respiatory Medicine

The German Center for Lung Research aims to support highly motivated young DZL members working in biomedical sciences/medicine in their career development. Thereby, the DZL seeks to identify and raise future DZL (and lung community) leaders for executive-level positions requiring management and leadership skills.

The DZL Mentoring program fosters establishing a network of early career scientists and clinicians who are interested in and committed to engaging in mentor-mentee relationships. Primary target group includes clinical fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and junior PIs early in their career development.


  • Individual mentor-mentee partnerships
  • Satellite meetings for mentors and mentees alongside the DZL Annual Meeting
  • Regular individual mentor-mentee meetings
  • Establishment of a strong contact and peer network within the DZL and beyond
  • Leadership-, Management- and Transferable Skills Courses/Workshops (building upon site infrastructure, linking with other programs and initiatives)


The following documents are required for the application process:

  • Motivation letter/Statement of interest
  • Current CV
  • Completed questionnaire
  • Letter of recommendation

Please contact academynoSp@m@dzl.de for further information or if you have any questions.



Antje Brand, CPC-M

Jörn Bullwinkel, ARCN

Doreen Franke, CPC-M

Michael Kreuter, TLRC

Silke Meiners, CPC-M

Rory E. Morty, UGMLC

Birgit Teucher, TLRC

Annegret Zurawski, BREATH


Contact: academynoSp@m@dzl.de

Mentor-Mentee Get-together @ DZL Annual Meeting in Hanover, January 2016, ©: DZL
Career Development & Leadership Workshop in Munich, July 2017

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