Prof. Rittweger, head of the department of Space Physiology at the DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, warmly welcomed the participants and gave important advice for the current stage of the PhD theses of the SpaceLife students.
Dr. Carsten Roller from the association of biological sciences in Germany (VBIO) gave an extensive overview about the career possibilities in biological sciences in Germany, and laws and regulations that have to be followed. Carola Brügman from the internet job platform Jobvector gave general advice about career planning, applications and interviews, and presented some less known career paths in industry.
Andrea Boese from the German Aerospace Center told the students about her way from nutrition sciences to research management, involving the students by many questions.
How to get funding for the research? Ingo Trempeck from the coordination office of the European Union (KoWi) in Bonn explained Marie Curie funding programs and starting grants.
What else is possible after studying natural sciences? Dr. Robert Habedanck from the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany, explained how attractive the job of a patent examiner can be. “Don’t worry, we all want to become patent examiner now” said one participant after Dr. Habedanck’s sweeping talk. But also, at some point, it might be appealing to become his own boss one day. Dr. Monika Heidenreich from Röntgen Consult in Kirchzarten, Germany, presented her way into self-employment as medical physics expert.
Many thanks from SpaceLife to all the speakers for their dedication and to the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg for providing the lecture hall university campus in Rheinbach and to the “Studentenwerk” for preparing the lunch and coffee breaks!
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