The young DPG (jDPG) and the congregation of all German-speaking physics student councils (ZaPF) support the establishment of NFDI structures in close coordination with NFDI4Phys and other consortia in the field of physics. Our main concern is the early involvement of the numerically largest status groups at universities – students and PhD students.
- Philipp Jaeger (University Manitoba/University of Wuppertal)
- Janice Bode (University of Münster)
- Merten Dahlkemper (CERN/University of Göttingen)
A comprehensive sensitization of future generations of physicists for a sustainable and FAIR handling of research data can be achieved most easily by integrating corresponding contents into physics studies at an early stage. Simple and with little effort realizable possibilities are offered in physics practical courses. At the same time, RDM provides a starting point for advancing the digitization of (physics) studies. Since students from other natural sciences, engineering and medicine often take part in the basic physics lab courses, an interdisciplinary approach should be adopted from the outset so that added value is created for all students.
In the area of master’s and doctoral theses, data often accumulates that is potentially relevant for subsequent students and that forms the basis of many publications. If these data are stored in a structured way, they can be further used, e.g., for monitoring experimental setups. Possible publications become traceable at the level of raw data analysis. This not only ensures greater transparency in the scientific community, but also makes it easier for young students to get started in scientific work.
With the help of the ZaPF and jDPG networks, we can assess and evaluate the concrete needs of students and contribute our experience to model projects. The physics consortia should proceed in a well coordinated manner here, so that duplicate developments are avoided. We see our role as mediating between the working groups of the consortia and the concerns of the students in order to establish the flow of information and ideas in both directions.