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Coffee Conversations – Post-doctoral non-academic career paths


Doctorate – and then...?
Exploring nonacademic career paths for doctorate holding scientists

Post-doctoral career paths can vary widely, both within and outside academia. 

The event series “Coffee Conversations” offers you the opportunity to discuss career options with former scientists, who pursued a career outside of academia. Invited speakers will reflect on their career paths and experiences, and will explain their approach to career planning after finishing their dissertation.

After a brief presentation by our guest, we will give you the opportunity to ask your questions. We will discuss goals and experiences related to the time after defending a dissertation. All questions about career ideas and choices are welcome.

This series is organized by the Leipzig Science Network and Leipzig University (Academic Staff Development at the Department of Research and Transfer & the Initiative TalentTransfer at the Career Services).

Events in 2021

4th Date

Presentation on December 7th, 2021

Veranstaltungsort: Online

Speaker: Dr. Brigitta Triebel Dr. Brigitta Triebel

Dr. Brigitta Triebel studied Cultural Studies, Political Science and East and Southeast European History at Leipzig University and at Comenius University in Bratislava. She received her doctorate in European Studies at Leipzig University. Her dissertation focused on the foreign cultural policy of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia towards countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2019, she has been the director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Office in Kharkiv (Ukraine).

3rd Date

Presentation on July 14th, 2021

Location: New Town Hall Leipzig

Speaker: Dr. Annika Gröger Dr. Annika Gröger

Dr. Annika Gröger studied law in Halle (Saale) and Paris. She received her doctorate from the Chair of Criminal Law and Philosophy of Law/Legal Theory at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg on the subject of the right to inspect files, taking into account the European Convention on Human Rights. The second state examination led her to Leipzig. There she first worked for the Mayor for youth, social affairs, health and schools, then led an education management project for five years. Since 2015, she has been an advisor to the Mayor of the City of Leipzig.

2nd Date

Presentation on April 28th, 2021

Location: Online

"A conversation between PD Dr. Ronny Grunert and Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger"PD Dr. Ronny Grunert

PD Dr. Ronny Grunert is co-founder of Next-3D, an enterprise that produces patient-specific 3D-printed implants and instruments. They received the IQ Innovation Award Leipzig in 2019. Already in 2007, together with a colleague, he founded Phacon GmbH, finalist of the 2010 German Founders‘ Prize, creating anatomy models for surgery training. PD Dr. Grunert studied Physics Technology / Biomedical Technology with a specialization in medical physics. Together with Prof. Dr. Winkler he is leading a research group at the “Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurochirurgie” at Leipzig University.

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger is leader of the International SEPT Competence Centre (Small Enterprise Promotion + Training) and professor for Development Economics at Leipzig University. He is particularly interested in the area of growth promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany and world-wide. His work focuses on innovation in SMEs, innovation policy, entrepreneurship promotion, and internationalization. In 2006, he founded “SMILE – die gründerinitiative” at Leipzig University, which has already supported more than 572 newly founded companies originating from the scientific community in Leipzig.

1st Date

Presentation on February 17th, 2021

Location: Online

Speaker: Dr. Doychin Stanchev Dr. Doychin Stanchev

Dr. Doychin Stanchev studied pharmacology in Sofia, Bulgaria. He obtained his doctorate from Leipzig University (Faculty of Medicine, Rudolf Boehm Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology). Afterwards, he worked as a post-doc at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Tübingen. He is the owner of the pharmacy Hulb Apotheke, Böblingen.

Events in 2020

1st Date

Presentation on June 10th, 2020

Location: Online

Speaker: Dr. Markus Streicher Dr. Markus Streicher

Dr. Markus Streicher studied physics and computer engineering in Leipzig, Bremen and Prescott/Arizona. He obtained his doctorate for research conducted at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. He currently works as an engineer at the R&D department of  Swiss Timing, a company of the Swatch Group, in Leipzig.

2nd Date

Presentation on September 23rd, 

Location:: Online

Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Meyer Dr. Ulrich Meyer

Dr. Ulrich Meyer studied mechanical engineering at TU Braunschweig. He obtained his doctorate in sanitary and environmental engineering at TU Darmstadt. He started his career at Veolia Wasser GmbH in Leipzig. He advanced to senior management level before becoming the technical managing director at Leipziger Wasserwerke (municipal waterworks)..

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