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News #57 // Career Perspectives / Intellectual Property / PhD to Innovator / Research to Market / DRS Course Booking / Career Week / Poster Workshop / MHFA Kurs / 3R Curriculum / D Semesterticket / Una Summer School / Curious2024 Conf. / Una Host Pro




Career Perspectives with a PhD in Natural & Life Sciences //  14 Mar, 5 – 6 pm


Looking for career options after your doctorate? And not sure what is “out there”? With the series "Career Perspectives with a PhD in Natural and Life Sciences", we would like to offer an opportunity for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics. You will meet former PhD candidates who will share with you their experiences including ups and downs looking for a job. PhD holders from academia, industry, science communication, politics, public and health sectors, education and more will show you the broad range of potential careers after a doctorate and give you inspiration for future career choices. We will have plenty of time after each talk for questions, discussion and networking.


In March, Dr. Suvrat Chowdhary, who is an alumnus of the Institute of Chemistry at Freie Universitaet Berlin, will be our guest. He currently works as Project Manager at GreenCHEM as well as Transfer Manager at Profund Innovation.


All information and the meeting link can be found here.



Workshop "Intellectual Property and Research Transfer" in chemistry-related fields // Mar & Apr


The patenting of research results plays an important role for third-party funding by organizations such as the BMBF, EXIST and SPRIND. However, a basic understanding of intellectual property rights is also essential for the successful transfer of results from basic research to commercial applications.


Registration deadline: 08.03.2024.


The event is free of charge. For more information see our website: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/graduiertenzentrum/termine/workshops/20240315-IP.html



Workshop “From PhD to Innovator” // 14. & 15. Mar, 9am – 5pm


Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit! In our two-day innovation workshop, tailored to researchers of all disciplines, you will discover your entrepreneurial skills. Guided by professional innovation coaches, you will develop ideas for a potential business case in small groups. The workshop takes place on-site in Berlin between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. Participation is free and no prior knowledge is needed.


Register until 7 March: https://youngentrepreneursinscience.com/events/from-phd-to-innovator-14/



Research to Market Challenge started


This year's university ideas competition "Research to Market Challenge" has started! We are looking for innovative ideas for products, processes, applications and/or business models related to research at Freie Universität Berlin or cooperating institutions (e.g. Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Zuse-Institut, Robert-Koch-Institut, etc.). We are looking forward to receiving submissions for the competition categories Sustainability & Society, Healthcare & Prevention and Technologies & Resources plus an extra category with a special prize "Future Innovation: AI" if the idea also relates to the topic of artificial intelligence. In addition to prize money totaling 12,000 Euros and awards for the best solutions, the participants will receive feedback from experts on the potential exploitation of their research results. Application deadline is April 5, 2024.

To prepare for the competition, potential participants are offered two events. At the Impulse Day on March 14th at EINS (Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1) you can be inspired by exciting lectures on the latest developments in the respective clusters. Afterwards, a Workshop Day will take place on March 19th also at EINS (Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1), So that the ideas can be deepened, structured and submitted.


All information can be found here: https://www.marketchallenge.de/en/index.html



Booking Start for DRS Courses // 20 March, 12 noon


With summer semester 2024 ahead, the DRS team is looking forward to welcoming you back to the new workshop program at Dahlem Research School! Make sure to check out the details on our booking platform https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de before the booking start at: March 20, 2024 at 12:00 (noon). Save the date!


Offers & Courses, e.g.:

  • WRITING WEEK II:  June 10 - 14, 2024
  • Preparing for the disputation
  • Writing Abstracts


To book workshops please register here. Make sure to use an institutional email address of one of the Berlin University Alliance partners or Universität Potsdam. After registration, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you are a doctoral researcher and a member of one of the participating institutions.
Once you have confirmed, your account will be activated. Check out the workshop program and start booking. With any questions please contact skills@drs.fu-berlin.de.



Career Week for International Junior Researchers // 11 – 14 Mar


Technische Universität Berlin's “Career Week for International Junior Researchers” - a cooperation project by the Alumni Program and the Center for Junior Scholars - aims at giving international PhD students and postdocs insights into the diversity of academic and non-academic career prospects on the German job market as well as information about requirements for non-EU nationals to work in Germany.

The English-language information and networking event brings international junior researchers in contact with TU Berlin alumni working in the fields of academia, industry and business startups. Additionally, the "Career Week" offers a variety of career orientation sessions. It combines in-person and virtual components to give participants the greatest possible flexibility.

This year's "Career Week for International Junior Researchers" is taking place from 11 to 14 March 2024.

The program and more can be found here.

Please register to attend. 



Workshop “Your Science, Your Data, Your Story – Your Poster” // 19 & 20 Mar, 9am – 5pm


This workshop will guide you from your raw data to a finalised poster telling your own story. Starting with the differences between a poster, a talk, and a paper, you will learn how a poster is structured, which stories science can tell (fairy tale, criminal writing, etc.), what the pros and cons of each story type are, which story type matches your data best. And how illustrations, colours, and arrangement help you to communicate your story. Afterwards you have the opportunity to incorporate the newly learnt skills in your own poster and to discuss them on a one-on-one basis.


When? 19th & 20th March, 9am – 5 pm

Where? In presence; Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)

Further information: only limited places available, please register asap via https://fakultaeten.hu-berlin.de/en/lewi-en/scientific/gradcentre/during/ws/poster



Kursangebot MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) für Dozierende der FU Berlin // 4.  & 5. April


Im MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) Erste-Hilfe Kurs für psychische Gesundheit lernen Dozierende der FU Berlin, rechtzeitig psychische Gesundheitsprobleme bei Menschen im Umfeld zu erkennen, zu verstehen und darauf zu reagieren. Sie eignen sich Grundwissen über verschiedene psychische Störungen an, mit dem sie Betroffene gezielt unterstützen und informieren können. Ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Kurse ist es zu lernen, wie Ersthelfer*innen Betroffene ermutigen können, professionelle Hilfe in Anspruch zu nehmen und weitere Ressourcen zu aktivieren. So können entstehende psychische Probleme frühzeitig erkannt, adäquate Unterstützung angeboten sowie viele Schwierigkeiten und hohe Folgeprobleme vermieden werden.


Wann? 4. & 5. April, 9 – 16 Uhr

Wo? Campus Dahlem


Weitere Infos und Anmeldung: https://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/mentalwellbeing/Veranstaltungen/Kursangebot-MHFA-_Mental-Health-First-Aid_---Erste-Hilfe-Kurs-fuer-psychische-Gesundheit.html



3R Curriculum: Animal Ethics and the 3R Principle in Biomedical Research // 8 (-12) April


Charité 3R offers its “3R Curriculum on Animal Ethics and the 3R Principle in Biomedical Research” in April as an on-site event at Charité (Campus Mitte and Campus Virchow-Klinikum).

This PhD course introduces along the 3Rs principle of “Replacement, Reduction and Refinement” the current developments in this field, using interactive seminars as well as hands-on sessions. Furthermore, we will discuss ethical aspects of different methods and animal welfare in biomedical research.


You can participate in

          …the basic seminars only, April 8th 10 am – 5 pm (course part I, workload: 0.4 ECTS-CP)

   OR …the whole course week, April 8th-12th (course week, workload: 2.5 ECTS-CP).


The courses are aimed at national and international doctoral students affiliated to any university.

Please find detailed information and a tentative schedule on the Charité 3R website.

Please register online using this registration form.



Petition against the exclusion of doctoral students from the Deutschlandsemesterticket 


Doctoral researchers at Berlin and Brandenburg universities started a petition against the exclusion of doctoral students from the “Deutschlandsemesterticket” (Germany Semester Ticket): https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/gegen-den-ausschluss-von-promovierenden-vom-deutschlandsemesterticket



Una Europa Summer School 2024 in Bologna: Sustainability in communication and education // 1 - 5 July


Get ready for Summer School Una Europa 2024!


The Summer School 2024 under the title "Sustainability in communication and education. Spreading the word and creating awareness" aims to involve doctoral students from different countries and with different scientific backgrounds in relation to the topics of sustainability communication and education.

Lectures, workshops and field trips will be offered by teachers from a broad range of Una Europa partner universities like the University of Bologna, FU Berlin, UCD Dublin, University of Helsinki, KU Leuven, Complutense University of Madrid.


Sounds interesting? Follow all updates on the application process and find all further information about the program here.


Save-the-date: 1- 5 July 2024, on site in Bologna, Italy

Application period: March 15 – April 10 2024

Detailed information on the application process for FU Berlin will be launched here on 15 March.



Curious2024 Conference in Mainz, Germany // 10 & 11 July


The Curious2024 Future Insight Conference brings together some of the World’s brightest scientists (also Nobel Laureates, Start-Ups, established Industries) and most accomplished innovators to present their work and explore the future of science and technology, solving the challenges of today and enabling the dreams of a better tomorrow.


Date: 10th-11th July 2024

Format: on-site and online participation

Call for abstracts deadline:  31. March 2024


The Max Planck Society has a few available free tickets, organizer contact: nicole.eischer@future-insight.org

Further information: https://www.curiousfutureinsight.org/



Una Europa Early Career Host Program


The Early Career Host Program is aimed at doctoral students and (under-)graduate students (BA/MA) at FU Berlin who would like to gain first experiences as a host of a self-conceived, and self-organized workshop. Deadline for applications is 17 March 2024.

The funding can be used for events at FU Berlin with guests from Una Europa partner universities. The program can support travel, catering, and costs for inviting external speakers / experts.

You can find the call for applications here: Call for Applications


Das Una Europa Early Career Host Program richtet sich an Promovierende und Studierende, die mit den Mitteln von max. 6.000 € eine eigene Veranstaltung an der FU umsetzen können und dazu Gäste von Una Europa Partneruniversitäten einladen können: