3rd Women‘s Careers and Networks Symposium

A symposium with talks, plenary discussions, and a career fair where female researchers can explore different career options and establish important contacts to promote their career path. After the success of the last symposia, this year’s Women’s Careers and Networks Symposium will take place on Thursday, 20 November 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.

Organized by PhD students and postdocs of the University as well as the Max Planck Institutes and the European Neuroscience Institute in Göttingen, the symposium aims to attract young scientists with inspiring lectures and discussions.

Unlock your potential!

The meeting’s goal is to bring together female PhD students and postdocs to meet successful women of varied professional backgrounds to exchange experiences and to discuss diverse career options. The symposium will be opened by Line Matthiessen, Head of the Unit Fighting infectious diseases and global epidemics at the European Commission in Brussels.

This year’s talks will focus on academic and industrial research. Speakers include renowned scientists like Ann Kiessling, one of the leading figures in stem cell research, and Katharina Landfester, Managing Director at the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz and mother of two children. How to become a Section Head in Material Development for Pampers at Proctor & Gamble will be illustrated by Carolin Borgmann who successfully combines a successful career and her family with two children.

An exciting career path outside the lab was chosen by biologist Susanne Diederich. She will highlight her work as Head of the Communication and Public Relations Office at the German Primate Center in Göttingen.

Besides looking for their potential in different career paths, female scientists might like to get insight into which advancements will help them to achieve a leadership position. Caroline Simard, Research Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, will introduce her work at Stanford University where she is testing and implementing new models for better work-life integration and diversity.

All the talks will be followed by interactive discussions with the participants. For more infor­mation on the program and the speak­ers, please visit: www.wocanet.uni-goettingen.de

In addition, the conference offers participants many opportunities to exchange their ideas and opinions, for instance during a workshop on body language and during a plenary discussion inspired by the book Lean In – Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook.

Excellent networking opportunities

During the symposium, a Career Fair will provide information on support for women in science and career opportunities in academia and industry.

The interactive concept of the symposium includes an exclusive Networking Dinner as an exceptional networking platform where the speakers meet a limited number of participants.

Registration is open at www.wocanet.uni-goettingen.detill 17 October 2014.