3rd Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers "Advances in Digitalization"


  • Beginning: Sep 20, 2018
  • End: Sep 23, 2018
  • Location: Harnack-Haus (Haupteingang), Ihnestr. 16, Berlin-Dahlem
  • Host: Max Planck Society
  • Contact: birgit.adam@gv.mpg.de
3rd Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers "Advances in Digitalization"
Following up on the successful 2nd Max Planck Symposium in 2017 focusing on "Sustainability and Social Engagement", the Harnack-Haus will once more be transformed into a "home away from home" in the course of 3rd edition with the title "Advances in Digitalization" -- with interdisciplinary talks, panel discussions and workshops.

UPDATE: Registration extended to August 31st -- Register here.

Please note that the available programme is constantly updated as speakers are confirmed and workshop topics and abstracts are finalized by the attendees. We invite you to view last year's programme for reference.

Note to alumns, especially when travelling from abroad: We have a limited number of travel grants available to all alumns* travelling from abroad. If you choose to apply for a travel grant during registration, we suggest to spend extra care on filling out the motivational questionaire. If you need an invitation letter for your visa application, please contact directly.

Note to participants travelling with children: We highly enourage you to make use of our on-site daytime childcare. After you've checked the corresponding box during registration we will get in contact with you to arrange the details.

There is no registration fee.

* To include all genders and facilitate transparent communication, alumni and alumnae will be referred to as alumns, henceforth and throughout the conference.


Thursday, September 20th 2018
Arrival and Welcome Dinner

16.00 | Registration Desk opens (Harnack Lobby)

16.30 - 18.30 | Optional City Tours "Women in Science" or "German Oxford" (Start at Harnack Lobby)

18.30 - 19.00 | Reception with Cocktails and Snacks + Meet and Greet with members of the General Headquarters (Harnack Lobby)

19.00 | Welcome Dinner (Harnack House Restaurant and Garden)

Friday, September 21st 2018
Career Path Highlights and Networking

9.00 - 10.00 | Registration (Harnack Lobby)

10.00 - 10.30 | Opening and Welcoming Address by Ferdi Schüth (Goethe Saal)

10.30 - 11.00 | Tobias Miethaner

Keynote on Digitalization in Transportation (Goethe Saal)

11.00 - 11.30 | Coffee Break (Harnack Lobby)

11.30 - 12.00 | Tosja Zywietz

"Digitalization -- Megatrends: Industry 4.0, 5G and Mobility – what is the effect on our society" (Goethe Saal)

12.00 - 12.30 | France Vehar

"Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Industry" (Goethe Saal)

12.30 - 13.00 | Monika Lessl

"Innovation in life sciences in the digital age" (Goethe Saal)

13.00 - 14.30 | Lunch (Harnack House Restaurant and Garden)

14.30 - 15.00 | Thomas Wilckens

"Precision Medicine driven by Artificial Intelligence : Disrupting biomedical R&D & healthcare" (Goethe Saal)

15.00 - 15.30 | Poojia Rao

"Artificial intelligence- Teaching machines to read X-rays, CT and MRI scans" (Goethe Saal)

15.30 - 18.00 |  Interdisciplinary Networking Sessions

Digitalization in Healthcare

Digitalization in Law

Exclusive Workshop for Alumni Relations Officers at the MPIs


Ursula Budnik

AI-based Test for Early Detection of Brain Tumors

Uday Shankar

Convergence of Technology and Law: Digitalization of the Indian Legal Industry

Data Protection in Alumni Management -- learning from best practices to create an MPG-wide Alumni Registration Form for the MPIs


Amal Kasry

Digitalization of Biosensors as a platform for quick diagnosis          

Giulio Peroni

Big Data and the Role of International Law




Panel Discussion

Chenchao Liu, Ihor Zahanich, Pooja Rao

Digitalization in Germany and abroad

Katarina Krapez

"Publish or Perish" Paradigm in the Digital Era -- An Impact of the Digitalization on the Academic Journal Publishing


Glenn Lawyer

Computational Biology in Finance

18.00-19.30 | Panel Discussion with all Keynote Speakers facilitated by Conny Czymoch (Goethe Saal)

19.30 | Barbeque Dinner (Harnack House Restaurant and Garden) and Jam Session (Einstein Lounge)

Saturday, September 22nd 2018
Career Path Workshops with Expert Support

8.00 - 9.00 | Registration

9.00 - 9.30 | Paul Elvers and Dagmar Fläschner

"Transition to Data Science -- how Tchibo did it"

9.30 - 9.45 | Arnab Chakrabarty

"Digitalization in healthcare"

9.45-10.00 | Shahid Siddiqui

"Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine"

10.00 - 10.30 | (tbd)

10.30 - 11.00 | Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.30 | Career Path Workshops (with Expert Support) I

"Mental health in times of digitalization" Yorick Peterse and Maria Eichel 

"Don't feed the Hype -- Revolutionary Technologies in Science Communication and Public Expectation" Claudio Paganini and Matyas Kovacs

"Positioning in the digital world" Tina Persson (+expert)

"Business model canvas" Prateek Mahalwar and Clemens Buss

"Leaving science without leaving science – insights into scientific management" Michael Genkin

MPAA-members only: "Community building in times of digitalization" Drago Milovanovich, Christoph Schumacher, Kathy Edersheim

12.30 - 14.00 | Lunch (Harnack House Restaurant and Garden)

14.00 - 15.30 | Career Path Workshops (with Expert Support) II

"Digitalization and the role of quantum technology" Rick Mukherjee (+expert)

"Digitalization in the insurance industry" Magda Schiegl (+expert)

"From science to patents in times of digitalization" Denis Levchuk (+expert)

"CV writing and skills gap analysis for a Digital Career" Chris Armbruster

MPAA-members only: "Bookclub at the MPAA" Eliza Lvova and Kathy Edersheim

15.30 -16.00 | Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30 | Career Path Workshops (with Expert Support) III

"Transforming society - calling for interdisciplinary AI research" Matthias Hohmann and Florian Remele

"Science to Data Science: PhDs and Postdocs moving to industry?" Chris Armbruster

"Building bridges between alumni and PhD networks" Lars Kreutzer (+expert)

"Impact of automation" Roman Prytuliak and Steven Jon Kaplan

"Digitally facilitated Indo-German Academic Exchange" Suneel Katerya (+expert)

MPAA-members only: "Drafting a Code of Conduct and Compliance rules for the MPAA" (tba) 

18.30 - 19.00 | Closing Reception (Einstein Lobby)

19.00 | Festive Closing (Goethe Saal), Cultural Running Dinner (Harnack House Lobby, Restaurant, and Garden) and Dance Party (Einstein Lounge)

Sunday, September 23rd 2018
Departure and Mini-Assemblies of the MPAA-Groups (members upon invitation only)

9.00 | Departure of all participants

10.00 | Mini-Assemblies of the Max Planck Alumni Association Groups, Harnack House (members upon invitation only) (Goethe Saal)

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