Andreas Keller

  • #I'mHanna: Hire and fire at the university
  • Alternatives to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
  • Lecture

With the Twitter hashtag #IchBinHanna, tens of thousands of scientists in 2021 have denounced the temporary employment system in universities and research. Nine out of ten academic employees at universities are employed on fixed-term contracts, and the average contract duration is just two years.

Trade unions such as the GEW have been campaigning for permanent positions with permanent tasks in science for years.
In the meantime, the traffic light coalition has held out the prospect of reforming the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG – German Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts). The results of the evaluation commissioned by the federal government will be available shortly.
Are there any prospects? How can the law be reformed to make things fairer?

Dr. Andreas Keller is deputy chairman and board member for higher education and research at the GEW.

Foto: GEW

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