To give early career scientist the opportunity to learn about careers outside academia and to develop their own scientific network, CEPLAS has established the "Speed Dating with Industry" event in spring 2016. During one day, early career researchers and external participants (e.g. industry representatives, scientists, project managers, group leaders or patent attorneys) exchange information on science and career planning in individual short meetings in a Speed Dating-mode.
The third CEPLAS Career Speed Dating event took place on June 26th, 2018, in the beautiful Schloss Mickeln in Düsseldorf. Eleven professionals from different companies and institutions were invited to talk about their careers to CEPLAS early career researchers. In the morning, the invited speakers introduced their work and presented the steps, their personal motivation and decisions that have led to their current positions. We learned that few careers follow a straight path and that motivation, focus and determination are key factors for achieving one’s goals.
During the second part of the event, the professionals discussed the individual ideas and plans for future careers of each CEPLAS early career researcher in short one-to-one meetings. The meetings were limited to exactly ten minutes each resulting in very dense and lively conversations. In addition, most invited guests provided valuable advice on the CVs of the CEPLAS early career researches, which they had received prior to the event. The head of the CEPLAS Technology Transfer & Cooperation Management, Dr. Günter Strittmatter, was among the professionals and provided helpful feedback.
During the lunch break and dinner at a nearby restaurant, the participants enjoyed the networking and further discussions on career options. As during past events, the CEPLAS early career researchers highly appreciated the individual input during this informal event.