During such a morning or afternoon event; the FindyourPension web portal is introduced, explaining the basics about pension provision in Europe and offering information on the different pension systems. Thereafter, pension provision for the public sector employee in Germany is looked at more closely and this is done by experts from the German statutory pension scheme – Deutsche Rentenversicherung - and the occupational pension scheme – VBL. At the end of these presentations, a generous Q&A timeslot is allowed for to clear remaining uncertainties or queries.
Bonn was our kick-off event in 2012. On request, we have returned for a second consultation day on the 11th of November 2015. The Welcome Centre and the FYP team co-ordinated and planned both consultation days together. Despite the fact that it was the start of the carnival period in the area, 70 participants showed up and made use of the 3 hour event to gain more insight into this complex topic.
Feedback received:“The consultation day addressed to my individual questions and issues. It made clearer how the German pension system works, how the different national legislation within Europe interact and what I can expect in the future regarding my pension. The FindyourPension Initiative is great to have the overview of all possible funds where someone could have contributed during the working life in one website and the possibility to save individual data there”.
This participant was one individual out of 800 researchers we’ve had the opportunity to inform on this topic at various venues thus far.
It surely is a great experience to see how we can contribute to the disintegration of confusion during the event already, and to discuss different aspects of pension with those present.
Many thanks to all employers for organising consultation days at their university or research institute, as well as to all participants for taking time off their busy schedules to attend the events.
In 2016, we would like to continue spreading pension literacy and meet as many interested researchers as possible.
Here are our upcoming dates:
- 20th of April - Max-Planck-Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne
- 4th of May - Technical University of Berlin with the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin
- 9th of May - University of Bielefeld
- 8th of November - University Bremen
- 15th of November - University Göttingen
*There is a limited number of participants; employees of the employer responsible have priority.
Further events we are attending:
- 2nd of May - European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Marie Curie Alumni Association
- 25th of May - ESIP Meeting, Brussels
- 1st of June - TTYPE Meeting “Grand Finale”
- 15th - 17th of June - EAPSPI Meeting, Helsinki
- 6th of September - ESIP Meeting, Brussels
- 29th - 30th of October – EAPSPI Annual General Meeting