Every career is very individual!
At the beginning of the event, Prof. Dr. Thomas Misgeld, spokesman for the Elite Graduate Program "Biomedical Neuroscience", spoke on the importance of a PhD for a later professional career. He also presented the various PhD programs for natural scientists at the Faculty of Medicine of the Technical University Munich.
The first speaker of the event was from a big pharma company. Prof. Dr. Carsten Wotjak, director of the research department at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, presented his career, from university to the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry up to his current position. The next speaker, Dr. Laura Trovo worked a while as a postdoc at the Institute for Cell Biology of the Nervous System at the Technical University of Munich and is now working in the "Research & Development" department at Nestle in Lausanne. Another guest from Big Pharma, Dr. Ulf Neumann came from Novartis Pharma in Basel. He reported on his everyday work in a big company, in preclinical research in the field of Alzheimer's disease. Finally, Dr. Peter Engerer, who used to be a doctoral student at the Institute for Cell Biology of the Nervous System, reported on his current work at Leica Microsystems in Mannheim. As a product manager, he is responsible for the software of complex microscope systems. After the presentations all speakers were available to answer questions.
The day ended with a lecture by Dr. Jakub Radzikowski from Imperial College in London. His extraordinary career culminated, after several university stations and a training as a top chef, in the development of innovative teaching concepts for students. It is about teaching the basics of science by cooking. He calls his concept: "Chemical Kitchen". His presentation was the introduction to a joint event that took place the next day.
Text: Dr. Silke Herzer and Prof. Helmuth Adelsberger of the Elite Graduate Program „Biomedical Neuroscience“