Participants in one of our "Leadership" courses. Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

What is important in a scientific career? What are strategies to apply for funding? What challenges need to be overcome? The “Women’s Career Day 2017” offered multiple answers to these questions.

In four parallel one-day workshops, the participants could choose from topics covering “Conflict resolution skills”, “Grant writing and European research funding”, “Career orientation training”, and “Leadership in Academia”. Considering the participant’s international backgrounds, all workshops were held in English.

“For me, this is extremely helpful”, says Deniza Chekrygina. The PhD student (PIER) joined the workshop on “Conflict Resolutions Skills”. “We were talking about conflicts that can emerge for women in academic careers, like hierarchical conflicts and gender related conflicts. This is quite important due to the fact that men tend to oversee these types of conflicts”, Chekrygina emphasizes. In the beginning, the workshop approached the topic by working on fictional conflicts. This allows for eye-opening experiences, workshop trainer Maike Staben explains. “There is a positive aspect about conflict”, she says and makes clear that understanding this approach is crucial to reach the workshop’s goal: to change one’s attitude towards conflict. From this new point of view the group started to work on conflicts, they experience in real-life.

Conflicts are not always negative

PhD student Katrin Adamczyk (CUI) was especially interested in the workshop for grant writing and European research funding. “The workshop introduced us to programs and offers of national and international organisations. Furthermore, we learned about strategies and techniques of what to consider for grant writing and it’s formalities. This practical approach really helps and offers hands-on tools to get going”, Adamczyk emphasizes. A prior event provided her with the theoretical background, the current workshop offered practical tasks that emphasized group work. “It’s great to see that the Women’s Career Day at Campus Bahrenfeld has been established as a forum for personal and professional exchange for female scientists here on campus, and that we experience such great feedback and participation each year”, says equal opportunities officer Marie Lutz.   

The Women’s Career Day is organized annually for PhD students and Post Docs. The tailor-made workshops offer different topics to female scientist to develop their individual perspective on careers in science, and hand-on tools for career development, as well as other soft-skills. Free childcare is provided to enable every scientist to participate in the workshops.

This event is a joint venture by CUI, EMBL, the collaborative research centres 676, 925 and the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School.

More information: Women's Career Day 2017

Text: Ingeborg Adler/CUI, Photos: Michael Grefe/SFB676

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Impressions from the Women's Career Day

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