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Event Series: Rethinking Careers — Ways Towards Scientific Excellence

#ichbinhanna. What began as a trend on Twitter lead to a discussion about the young investigators in Germany. The focus is now on structural problems in academic career paths: Equality and diversity aspects, especially regarding work situations, access to academic careers, and the importance of different aspects of work in universities, need to be included when thinking of careers in academia.

In the winter term of 2021/22, and in summer 2022 we want to connect the views of sciences and politics with the ideas of German and international players via our event series Karrieren neu denken – Wege zur exzellenten Wissenschaft. (Rethinking Careers – Ways Towards Scientific Excellence.)

6 International perspectives on post-doctoral careers within and outside of the university. What can we learn from UK, US and the Netherlands?

Wednesday, 11 April 2022, 4–5.30 p.m.
Panel discussion – in English

Dr. Helke Hillebrand / Graduate Academy University of Heidelberg
Ella Ulrike Klenke (PhD) / National Institutes of Health Washington D.C.
Ines P. Perpetuo (PhD) / Imperial College London
Inge C. M. van der Weijden (PhD) / Leiden University

7 Rethinking Careers — Ways Towards Scientific Excellence. Perspectives from Politics and Scientific Institutions

Monday, 16 May 2022, 10 a.m.
Panel discussion

Theresia Bauer / Minister of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Sabine Behrenbeck / Head of the Department of Tertiary Education / Wissenschaftsrat
Dr. Armin Krawisch / Head of the Group of Graduates and Career Support / Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft
Ilka Schießler-Gäbler / Head of Unit of Programmes & Networks / Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Prof. Dr. Karin Schumacher / Prorector for Quality in Development / University of Heidelberg

The event is open for members of the university; signing up is not necessary.

Find more information on the event series here.


"Balancing Care and Career in Science" - Online-Seminars

Thursday, March 31st, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(1 hour lunch break)


Balancing care work and an science career means gaining rich experiences in two worlds. But it also requires a high degree of self-management and resilience. Covid-19 has exacerbated these challenges, making everyday life a balancing act for many.


  • Quality of life and success in transition
  • Self-leadership and resilience factors
  • Societal pectations, own beliefs and drivers
  • Partnership, networks and society
  • Flexible work (time) models and work organization

Nina Bessing  - expert for life balance and new work - reports on success factors from practice and research, and small reflection formats and transfer exercises in breakout sessions enable integration into your everyday life.

This event is aimed at all young academics and employees of the University.


Registration by 22.03.22 at the latest to:

The number of participants is limited.

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