First "Long Night of Writing" at the TU Ilmenau

Whether writing a dissertation, an application or a business plan: students, doctoral candidates and employees of the TU Ilmenau have received comprehensive support from experts.

TU Ilmenau

Students and doctoral candidates know it: lack of concentration, fear of the white paper, never enough time, and in general, writing a term paper or dissertation is anything but easy. In keeping with the motto "A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved", on December 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the University Library there was for the first time the opportunity to use the "Long Night of Writing" for the current writing project together with other "fellow sufferers".

The bilingual event was aimed at undergraduate and graduate students as well as those interested in starting a business and university employees. The participants had enough time and space to individually start, continue or finish their project. In addition, they had the opportunity to take advantage of the wide range of consulting services related to writing: Holger Dietze from the Language Institute answered questions about writing in English, Laura Martin from the Ilmkubator start-up service gave tips on time management, and her colleague Julia Baumert helped with writing one's own business plan.

A wide range of consulting services in one place

The services offered by Ayotunde Akinsoyinu from the International Office were also well received: she supported students in designing resumes and cover letters. Stefan Heyder moved his Statistical Advising Center to the University Library that evening and was approached directly by two students. "It's great that these advising services exist and that you can meet them all in one place that evening," summed up one participant in the Long Night of Writing. "I especially liked the tips on time management," added his fellow student. In addition to familiar information and methods, he said, new knowledge was shared and experiences were encouraged to be exchanged. Library staff rounded out the Action Night program with the familiar Coffee Lectures. University Library director Gerhard Vogt was pleased about the interested participants of the event:

We are happy when we can make our premises available for such exciting, new formats and support the writing of scientific papers together with other actors of the university.

Sports free! was the motto during the break together with the University Sports Center, when Katja Dießner invited the participants to a joint break express. Afterwards, the participants could fortify themselves at the brain food counter of the Techniker Krankenkasse.

The event was organized by the Graduate Center, the University Library and the start-up service Ilmkubator - supported by the University Sports Center and the Division of Equality, Diversity and Health.

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Alexandra Dalek

Graduate Center