Career Steps for Postdocs in Academia & Industry

Career Steps for Postdocs in Academia & Industry

20 - 21 September 2021

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Program - Day 1 September 20, 2021 

9:00-9:15 – Welcome

Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff, President, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President, Max Planck Society

9:15-10:00 – Keynote: Careers Inside and Outside of Academia

Dr. Kerstin Meyer-Lipp, CSO at Merz Consumer Care GmbH

15 min Break

10:15-12:15 – Parallel Workshops: Session 1

Faculty Recruitment in Germany – Central Elements for Your Application 
Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf, Coaching Schwarzkopf

From Scientific Discovery to the Creation of Value for the Customer – Insights from two MPG Spin-Offs 
Dr. Gerald Donnert, Abberior GmbH & Abberior Instruments GmbH 
Dr. Martin Meschkat, Abberior Instruments GmbH
Dr. Florian Grimm, Abberior GmbH

Preparing for Unsolicited Applications – Tailoring Your Approach 
Barbara Hoffbauer, KEPOS

Leadership for Young Scientists
Rob Thompson, RTTA – Soft skills for real results

12:15-13:15 – Lunch Break

13:15-15:15 – Parallel Workshops: Session 2

How to Do a Career in Academia – Career Paths in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 
Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf, Coaching Schwarzkopf

Get That Job After Your Postdoc! Applying and Interviewing in English 
Andrew Cerniski, English, Inc.

Entrepreneurship: An Introduction to the World of Innovative Products, Startups and Technology Commercialization 
Dr. Thorsten Lambertus, NeuroTech Labs Biogen & Hightech Ventures

Non-Academic Careers for Postdocs from the Humanities and Social Sciences 
Dr. Ulrike Schneeberg, Trainerin/Coach, Berlin

15:15-15:45 - Coffee Break

15:45-17:45 – Parallel Workshops: Session 3

Career, Family & Co: 9 Strategies to Make It All Work 
Prof. Dr. Daniela Elsner, Coaching with CARE

How to Become an Editor of a Scientific Magazine 
Marco Squillaci, Editor, Wiley-VCH

Science Management - Panel Discussion

Dr. Irina Epstein, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt
Dr. Arjan Vink, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Darmstadt
Dr. Axel Kohler, Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers, Frankfurt
Panel Chair: Anne Grewlich-Gercke, MPG

Career Planning for Postdocs

Dr. Matthias Merkelbach, impulsplus

15 min Break

18:00-19:00 Networking and Virtual Get-Together


Program - Day 2  September 21, 2021

9:00-9:05 – Welcome

9:05-10:00 – Fishbowl: Fit for the Non-Academic Job Market?

Join the discussion of Max Planck and GU Alumni

Dr. Imke Rajamani, Falling Walls Foundation
Dr. Marija Grujić, International Centre for Migration Policy Development
Maya Gradenwitz, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Panel Chair: Anne Grewlich-Gercke

15 min Break

10:15-11:45 – Career Talks with Industry and Non-Academic Partners - Session 1

The career talks run between 60 and 90 min each. Apart from short presentations by the companies/organizations, you will meet recruiters, HR managers, and also employees with a scientific background.

Science Publishing House - Science communication is one of the most interesting fields for talents wanting to leave science for the non-academic world. Meet one of the main publishing houses and learn more about potential career paths.

Pharmaceutical Industry - Pharmaceutical companies currently play a pivotal role in combating the pandemic crisis. We are in contact with some of the global players to find out which job profiles and areas of activity they are currently interested in.

Chemical Industry - The chemical industry is an important employer for the greater Rhine-Main region. All of the larger companies situated here rank in the top-ten range worldwide. Learn more about their fields of development and how job opportunities grow in the near future.

National Foundations - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, a German think tank advising the Bundestag, federal government, and decision-makers in international organizations on international relations and security policy issues.

Federal Departmental Research Institutions - Gunnar Tan & Kerstin Rötzler, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Start-Up Environment - Falling Walls Foundation: From Science Talent to Innovator – Start-up Training for Postdocs

11:45-12:30 – Lunch Break

12:30-14:00 – Career Talks with Industry and Non-Academic Partners - Session 2

The career talks run between 60 and 90 min each. Apart from short presentations by the companies/organizations, you will meet recruiters, HR managers, and also employees with a scientific background.

Science Publishing House - Science communication is one of the most interesting fields for talents wanting to leave science for the non-academic world. Meet one of the main publishing houses and learn more about potential career paths.

Consulting - The field of opportunities is vast when it comes to small and big consulting companies. Get tips for the application process and learn about job perspectives from select consulting partners.

Research Institutes - Honda Research Institute Europe, a company research institute located in the Rhine-Main region, working on cutting-edge innovations in artificial intelligence, optimization, and robotics.

Pharmaceutical Industry - Pharmaceutical companies currently play a pivotal role in combating the pandemic crisis. We are in contact with some of the global players to find out which job profiles and areas of activity they are currently interested in.

International Organizations - Juli Tumler, Consultant at BFIO (Büro Führungskräfte zu internationalen Organisationen/Bureau for International Organization’s Personnel) at Federal Foreign Office Germany (Auswärtiges Amt) 

National Foundations - Anke Fischer-Appelt, Head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Deutscher Stifterverband

Start-Up Environment - Get insights into start-up activities in the Rhine-Main region and connect to the start-up community.

14:00-14:30 Closing Session

Conference review with the Impro-Theater frei.wild Berlin

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