Program Manager in Objective 5: Sharing Resources
Jul 14, 2020
The Berlin University Alliance wants to create a common, integrated research environment in the capital. To this end, the Alliance partners have set themselves the goal of forming a network for research services and infrastructures as one of their five objectives. For example, the partner institutions would pool their resources by making their large-scale facilities, collections, data, and services available to all researchers. Additionally, the partnership aims to make it easier to plan the future of the Berlin region’s scientific infrastructure. Since March, Dominika Dolzycka has been responsible for the planning and coordination of the joint scientific infrastructures within the Alliance as a process management consultant in Objective 5: Sharing Resources. The business economist, who has a doctorate in psychology, has previously worked as a coach for business, scientific, and administrative executives.
Dominika, you work as a process management consultant. What are your main responsibilities?
On the one hand, I am the contact person for all matters in relation to Objective 5; I act as the point of liaison between the interdisciplinary steering committee, the Berlin University Alliance administrative office, and the four Alliance partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. On top of this, I liaise with the working groups of the objectives which are already active and are pressing ahead with the implementation of specific measures. Secondly, I will be supporting one of our internal working groups – the Processes & Communication Task Force. My responsibility will be to ensure that the sharing of scientific infrastructures is technically, legally, and administratively feasible. And last but not least, I facilitate networking between Objective 5 and the other objectives and cross-cutting themes.
What exactly is meant by "sharing resources"?
Whether it's university libraries, research laboratories, or special large-scale facilities, exceptional research is dependent on exceptional resources. Berlin is well positioned in this sense, and it’s for this reason that we want to combine our efforts in order to offer academics the ideal conditions for research and teaching through the meaningful use of premises and modern technology.
The aim of my objective is to identify the existing infrastructure of the Alliance partners, to ensure that all the partners are aware of the resources available, and to enable access across institutions. I would like to facilitate the sharing of resources and support researchers in creating communities, networking, and knowledge exchange. We will also network within the Berlin University Alliance. The first instance of cooperation is already underway within Objective 3: Advancing Research Quality and Value in the field of research data management, for example.
What are you particularly looking forward to in your new role?
The Berlin University Alliance’s vision really appeals to me. Sharing resources is a central aspect of this, and I am particularly pleased to be able to both coordinate and help shape the content. It is a great opportunity to experience and support the four Alliance institutions in these new circumstances. As a coach, I often work on the theme of cooperation versus competition, mostly with individuals or in small groups. I find it very exciting to work with the Berlin University Alliance as it embodies the theme of cooperation within a highly diverse, large-scale strategic partnership.