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Welcome to the Elite Network of Bavaria - Get Together 2015

On Saturday, December 12, the Get Together for the new members of the Elite Network of Bavaria took place at the Audimax of the Technical University Munich. Despite the third week of Advent some 200 students came together from all over Bavaria to get to know each other and the activities offered by the Elite Network of Bavaria. Throughout an informative as well as entertaining event, students from all ENB programs, including fellowship holders of the Max Weber-Program, students of the Elite Graduate Programs, members of the International Doctorate Programs, Junior Research Group fellows and Research scholars, had the chance to learn what the ENB is all about.

Head of the coordination office, Beate Lindner

Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter, speaker for the International Doctorate Program “Evidence-Based-Economics”

Kai Linde, alumnus of the Elite Graduate Program “Software Engineering”

After a welcome speech by the head of the coordination office, Beate Lindner, several members presented what is going on in the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB). First of all, Vanessa Bukas, PhD student in “Theoretical Chemistry” in Munich, talked about her most exciting experience as an ENB’s delegation’s participant at the 65th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau. After that, Christoph Schlembach, member of the Elite Graduate Program “Finance and Information Management”, reported on the recent Elite Network FORUM dealing with the topic “Digitalization without Borders”. Switching from hard science to competitive athletics, Alexander Knoll, student at the “Center for Digital Technology Management”, gave a report on the Elite Cup, an annual soccer tournament where all members of the ENB can sign up in teams and play against each other. Besides sports and fun, he stressed that getting to know members from the wide spectrum of the ENB is the core idea of this event.

Back to the more formal activities offered by the ENB, Katharina Doll, one alumna of the Max Weber-Program, gave a detailed account of the annual Graduation Ceremony which acknowledges the ENB members’ high performance at the very end of their studies. Following a short introduction to the ENB’s website and intranet by ENB member Hannes Hermann, Tim Korver, trainer at “Sprachraum LMU”, gave the final talk presenting the wide spectrum of Softskill Seminars offered by the ENB. Finally, Benedict Wild, member of the completed Elite Graduate Program “Neuro-Cognitive Psychology”, deserves a mention, as he hosted the event and skillfully guided the attendees through the program.

All in all, the first part of the Get Together gave a brief overview of the ENB and its activities. Besides the information input the major aim of this event is getting to know other students from the ENB programs. For this purpose, the coffee break provided a great opportunity to get in touch with other members and to tie new networks. Subsequently, the second part of the Get Together continued with two further talks on Careers in Science and Economics. Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter, speaker for the International Doctorate Program “Evidence-Based-Economics”, looked back at his own scientific career and suggested that not everything could be purposefully planned in the long run. Especially coincidences and valuable mentors pushed him to pursue a scientific career instead. In his case, when visiting a friend in Berkeley he had the chance to collaborate with a Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, Daniel McFadden, who influenced him a lot.

Last but not least, Kai Linde, alumnus of the Elite Graduate Program “Software Engineering” and founder of the start-up company QPLIX GmbH, presented an absolutely different career in industry. After his studies he decided to start working in the field of investment management. Inspired by the idea to develop his own product and to see his business growing, he founded his start-up company QPLIX that provides an innovative platform for wealth management. At the very end, both speakers agreed that their decisions in favor of academia or industry were not driven by money at any time. Every person’s career is unique and the passion about one’s work is the most essential element for being successful.

Text: Marina Angelina Difonzo

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