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Junior Scientist Representative

One vote in the IB

The National Research Platform for Zoonoses also counts numerous young scientists among its members. In order to ensure that the interests of this group are adequately reflected in the activities of the platform, a representative is elected each year at the Junior Scientists Zoonoses Meeting (JSZM) from among the young scientists to serve on the Internal Advisory Board (IB) of the Zoonoses Platform. The elected person represents the interests of young scientists within the Zoonoses Platform as a full member of the IB for one year. He/she acts as contact person for all PhD students and postdocs within the platform. He or she is also involved in decision-making processes and is encouraged to actively participate in the design and planning of junior scientist´s events.

Junior Scientist Representative 2021/ 2022



Alexandra Herbst (TiHo Hannover)

The Junior Scientist representative for the term 2021/ 2022 of the Internal Advisory Board of the Zoonoses Platform was elected by the participants on 03.06.2021 during the Junior Scientist Zoonoses Meeting, which had to take place online due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ms. Herbst is a PhD student at the Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover. There she is doing research on the role of importin-α isoforms in the cross-species transmission of emerging viruses (influenza A viruses). She is a member of the DFG Research Training Group VIPER (Virus detection, pathogenesis and intervention) and is currently in training to become a specialist veterinarian in microbiology (Weiterbildung zur Fachtierärztin für Mikrobiologie).



Alexandra Herbst

Alexandra Herbst (TiHo hannover), junior scientist representative 2021/ 2022

Junior Scientist Representative 2020/ 2021 - Exception

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Research Platform for Zoonoses was unfortunately unable to hold an ordinary general meeting in 2020. Therefore, the elections of the Internal Advisory Board were also cancelled. Due to this exceptional situation, the term of office of the Internal Advisory Board 2019/2020 was extended for another term. Fortunately, Dr. Julia Assmann has also agreed to represent the interests of young scientists for another year.

Junior Scientist Representative 2019/ 2020



Julia Assmann (Robert-Koch-Institute)

The junior scientist representative 2019/2020 was elected on 21.06.2019 at the JSZM in Berlin. The participants elected Dr. Julia Assmann as their representative for one year. Dr. Assmann completed her doctoral thesis at the Freie Universität Berlin and is now doing her postdoc at the Robert Koch-Institute.

You can find an interview with Julia Assmann here.




Julia Assmann, Robert Koch-Institut

Dr. Julia Assmann (Robert-Koch-Institut), junior scientist representative 2019/2020 and 2020/ 2021