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EPS Postdoc Career Day2018-10-01T14:26:19+01:00

EPS Postdoc Career Day

Date: 7 February 2020, 09:00-16:00 (drinks afterwards)
Venue: Room 1&2, Atlas building (nr. 104), Wageningen Campus (please note change in venue)
Group size: 50 participants (postdocs and also PhD candidates in their final year)
Participation fee: free event, but registration required
Registration: closed
Organizer: EPS Postdoc Council

The Postdoc council is organizing this day to help you orientate on the next phase of your career. There will be representatives from academia, industry, science policy and diplomacy, science journals and more. We will host three engaging panel sessions where participants can interact with the speakers and get to know different aspects of their work. Furthermore, there will be ample opportunity to network.

Programme (also available as download)

09.00              Registration opens
09.25               Opening by Tanya Radoeva

09.30-11.00 Theme 1: Research in Academia vs Industry

What is the next step in your career? Do you plan to continue working in academia or are you considering industry as an alternative? What are the similarities and differences of these two paths? In this session, speakers from both academia and industry will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges they face in their research driven career paths.

  • Petra Bleeker (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)
  • Ben Scheres (Research Manager, Rijk Zwaan)
  • Wilco Ligterink (Program Scientist /Teamleader Crop Innovation, KeyGene)
  • Jan Willem Borst (Assistant Professor, Wageningen University)
  • Kimm Martens-van Hulzen (Group Leader, Genetwister)

Moderators: Suraj Jamge and Mariana Silva Artur

11.00-11.30  Coffee/tea break with networking opportunities

11.30-13.00 Theme 2: Research and Entrepreneurship

Combining your research ideas with entrepreneurship is quite exciting and a challenging endeavor. Is this a bridge too far? In this session, you will get a first-hand experience from entrepreneurs, mentors and experts on this career trajectory. Focus will be on how to navigate the first steps, what the challenges are, where you can get support and funding to carry your research ideas into an entrepreneurial venture.

  • Gitte Schober (Coordinator, Centre of Entrepreneurship, Wageningen UR)
  • Corjan van den Berg (Co-Founder at FUMI Ingredients)
  • Lucas Noldus (Founder & CEO of Noldus)

Moderators: Chrysa Pantazopoulou and Tanya Radoeva

13.00-14.00 Networking lunch break

14.00-14.30 Coffee/tea with networking opportunities

14.30-16.00 Theme 3: Transitioning within and beyond Academia

Postdocs have the skills that can be applicable to a variety of non-scientific career trajectory. From valorization of scientific knowledge, to strengthening international relations and helping to solve global challenges through science diplomacy. These career opportunities are rarely in our “industry” radar. In this session, you have the opportunity to hear some of the off the beaten career paths that falls outside the mainstream industry.

  • Yoran Beldengrün (Science & Innovation Policy Consultant, SIRIS Academic)
  • Zsofia Buttel (Research Intelligence Consultant, Elsevier)
  • Suraj Jamge (Technology Transfer Associate, Wageningen UR)
  • Anne Knowlton (Senior Editor, Current Biology)

Moderators: Krešimir Šola and Chrysa Pantazopoulou

16.00            Wrap-up and drinks

Registration is now closed. Attendance, coffee/tea, lunch and drinks are free, but registration is required. Please note that if you did not receive an e-mail with confirmation of your registration, that your registration was not successful. In case of a late cancellation (after 26 January) or a no-show a fee of 50 EUR will be charged.

Friday, February 7, 2020
09:00 - 16:00
Atlas Building 104 – WUR
Droevendaalsesteeg 4, Wageningen