Career Steps for Postdocs in Academia and Industry

Career Steps for Postdocs in Academia and Industry

Career Steps is Max-Planck Society's major annual career event for postdoctoral researchers. In 2018, it is organized in cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich).

Date: October 12th, 2018, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Venue: LMU Munich
Leopoldstraße 13, 80802 Munich (subway station Giselastraße)

The German Universities of Excellence and the Max Planck Institutes offer outstanding opportunities for talented junior scientists to advance their careers. In recent years, there has been a public discussion on the need to provide the next generation of scientists with the necessary know-how and mind-set to succeed in a broad range of professional arenas: publicly funded research institutions, private corporations or entrepreneurial endeavors such as start-ups.

Career Steps takes stock of the fact that the ambition to promote future principal academic investigators does not contradict the aim to properly prepare junior scientists for a career in industry: Nowadays, training in academia is strengthening the focus on transferable skills and the life-long-learning approach already applied in industry. Postdoctoral positions in academia are more than ever an educational step towards developing soft skills as well as management qualifications and an international mindset.

LMU Munich and the Max Planck Society would like to invite you to a one-day event offering an overview on how to access the academic job market, how to pursue a career outside academia as well as training, coaching and individual advice for successfully planning your future career steps.

Slots for participation in the workshops are limited!

The event will be held in English!

Careersteps for Postdocs in Academia and Industry


8:30-9:00 – Registration

9:15-9:30 – Welcome

Prof. Dr. Barbara Conradt,
Vice President LMU Munich
Maximilian Prugger,

Deputy Secretary General MPG

9:30-10:15  – Opening Keynote

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn,
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen,
Chair of the Selection Committee of the Tenure Track Program by the Federal and States Governments (Bund-Länder-Programm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses)

-- 15min Break --

10:30-12:00 – 1st Parallel Workshops

How to Become a Professor at German Universities
PD Dr. rer. nat. Amir Madany Mamlouk,
Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics, University of Lübeck

How to convert a scientific publication into an industry-focused project proposal
Dr. Christian Tidona,
Founder & Managing Director, BioMed X Innovation Center, Heidelberg

European Funding Opportunities for Junior Reseachers
Dr. Claudia Breit,
Advisor for European Funding, Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen (KoWi)

From Work-Life/Career-Family Balance to Patchworking Life: 9 principles to get it all under one roof
Prof. Dr. Daniela Elsner,
Coaching mit CARE

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14.30 – 2nd Parallel Workshops

Career as a Professor at a University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Marlene Haupt,
Professor for Social Economy and Social Policy, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten

Careers in Science Management
Dr. Elisabeth Schepers,
Deputy Secretary General, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Kerstin Dübner-Gee,
Head of Department Human Resources Development & Opportunities, MPG
Dr. Jens Pape,
Chancellor, Munich School of Philosophy
Dr. Tobias Niemann,
Managing Director Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy), LMU Munich

Funding Opportunities by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Dr. Anjana Buckow,
Program Director, German Research Foundation (DFG)
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn,
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen

Finding Job Opportunities on the non-Academic Job Market
Dr. Ulrike Schneeberg,
Coach, Kenne deine Monster, Berlin

From Science to Business – How to Start Your Own Company
Dr. Michael Blind, Christoph Zinser,
Spin-off Service, Unit for Research and Technology Transfer, LMU Munich

14:30-15:15 – Walk-in

Opportunities for Personal Interaction with the Speakers

15:15-16:45 – 3rd Parallel Workshops

Careers in Research Related Professions
Katharina Haberl,
Research Coordinator, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Dr. Nils Haag,
Research Coordinator, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics/LMU Munich
Dr. Stephan Uebel,
Biochemistry Core Facility Manager, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Dr. Johannes-Geert Hagmann,
Head of Department Exhibitions AII – Technik, Deutsches Museum

Training for Job Applications and Interviews
Dr. Ulrike Schneeberg,
Coach, Kenne deine Monster, Berlin

Funding Opportunities by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
Mira Albus,
Program Director, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Fundamentals of Effective Leadership 
PD Dr. Silke Weisweiler,
Center for Leadership and People Management, LMU Munich

-- 15min Break --

17:00-17:45 – Diligence, Attitude, Strategy or Luck

“Is there a common key to a successful career?”, three short interviews
Dr. Friederike Busch,
Legal Advisor at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy,
Chairwoman, Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Dr. Bettina von Jagow,
My Finance Coach Stiftung GmbH
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weitz,
Physics of Nanosystems, LMU Munich

17:45-21:00 – Evening Reception

Wine and Cheese for Networking and Reflections

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