Seminar series "Prof over lunch”

What stages have newly appointed professors passed through on their way through the jungle of academic career paths? Which of these stages would also be interesting for me, which compromises would I be prepared to make, and which further ideas might this generate for me?

In general, there are many small building blocks within or outside the academic career path that ultimately lead to a professorship via individual steps. It is therefore all the more interesting to be able to ask professors directly:

  • Why did you become a professor?
  • How did that work out?
  • When did you set your sights on a professorship?
  • Which steps in your life were important for your appointment?
  • Were there any major doubts, low points or high points?
  • How did the research interest develop?
  • How was the career path personally mastered? And was there a back-up plan?

GRADE is launching a new series of seminars where you can gain insights into the career paths of recently appointed professors. These insights are designed to help you question and consider your own career goals, decide on your own career path, and can encourage you to evaluate that path for yourself.

During the lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


For whom?
All postdocs and advanced scientists registered at GRADE are invited.

The event is intended for postdocs and advanced scientists after their PhD.

Currently scheduled events will be announced here.

Please register early for the respective seminars, as the number of participants is limited to 10.

Prof over lunch: Prof. Dr. Stefan M. Schiller

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Thursday, 30 November 2023 | 12:00-13:00 | Online

This time, we have a candidate from Frankfurt for our talk! Maybe you already know him a bit? Now, you will have the opportunity to talk with him about his personal professional path and how it worked out that he became professor at Goethe University!

Stefan Schiller has a very interesting career- he had lots of different positions outside Germany in a number of different institutions. It can be very interesting for you to learn about all these versatile career backgrounds .

In brief: Prof. Schiller studied chemistry and joined the MPI for Polymer Science where he completed his PhD on biomimetic supramolecular membrane architectures. Durig his time as a PhD candidate, he performed research at the IBM Research Center Almaden in San Jose, Stanford University, the Biotechnology Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel and the Manuel Lujan Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center, Los Alamos.
From 2004 to 2008 he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. From there, he came back to Germany as a junior research fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).

Finally in 2022, he became a Professor for Pharmaceutical Technology at Goethe University at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

During the talk, you are invited to ask any question you think can shape your own career path. Such as: Was it his plan to become a professor from the start? How did he decide which positions might be interesting for him? Or was it a big challenge to stay in contact with friends and family during all his time abroard?

If you are a postdoctoral researcher and interested to talk with Stefan Schiller in a small group to find out more about the topics you need to know to decide on your own professional path, you are very welcome to register for this talk via the link below.

Previous Events:

Prof*in über Mittag: Prof. Dr. Benedikt Hopmann

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09. Februar 2023 | 12:00 Uhr | online

Bendikt Hopmann studierte und promovierte an der Universität Bielefeld im Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaften. Von dort führte ihn sein Weg als Studienrat im Hochschuldienst an der Universität zu Köln weiter auf eine Vertretungsprofessur im Bereich Erziehungswissenschaften an die Universität Siegen. Als Auszeichnung seiner Forschungsarbeiten gewann Benedikt Hopmann 2020 den Deutschen Kinder- und Jugendhilfepreis.

Den Ruf auf seine Professur „Erziehungswissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt auf Teilhabe von Menschen mit Behinderungen“ an der Universität Siegen in der Fakultät Bildung ⋅Architektur ⋅Künste im Bereich Sozialpädagogik nahm er im November 2021 an.

Uns wird Benedikt Hopmann von seinem persönlichen Weg in die Professur, seinen Ideen und Beweggründen, seinen Entscheidungen, Wendepunkten und Zufällen berichten.

Sie können mit ihm Ihre Fragen, Zweifel und Ziele für Ihren eigenen Weg besprechen, und so Ihre persönlichen Pläne weiter durchdenken.

Die Veranstaltung ist geöffnet für fortgeschrittene promovierte Wissenschaftler*innen aller Fachbereiche.

Prof*in über Mittag: Prof. Dr. André Krischer

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Mittwoch, den 28. Juni 2023 | 12.00 Uhr | online

André Krischer promovierte 2005 in Mittlerer und Neuerer Geschichte in Münster. Seine Karriere auf der Laufbahn eines Professors begann 2009, als er auf eine Juniorprofessur für die Neuere Geschichte Großbritanniens und des Commonwealth berufen wurde. 2015 schloss sich seine Habilitation an.

Weiter ging es im Jahre 2019 mit einer Vertretungsprofessur an der Goethe-Universität. Seine Berufung auf seine jetzige Position, den Lehrstuhl für die Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, bekam er 2022.

Welche Schritte, Höhen und Tiefen, Erfolge und Durststrecken auf seinem Weg lagen, welche Entscheidungen sich zu richtungsweisenden Punkten entwickelten, wo es große Anstrengungen kostete und wo es Unterstützung gab- davon wird André Krischer Ihnen gerne berichten.

Prof over lunch: Prof. Andreas Landmann

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7 July | 12:00 noon | online

He became a W3 Professor of Development Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2020. His focus lays on applied econometrics and behavioral reserach in the area of development economics.

Before this, his way led him as a DFG Research Fellow to the Paris School of Economics. After two years, he changed the position to an assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen until 2020.

His main interest is about health and insurance in low-income countries, specially in Pakistan. Further he is investigating decisions under risk and uncertainty, as well as prosocial preferences. He conducted several large-scale impact evaluations, randomized control trials and behavioral experiments in Vietnam, China, Germany and the Philippines.

The online event will take place on Thursday, 7 July, from 12:00 till 13:00 over the lunchbreak.

We are looking forward to see you!

Prof over lunch: Prof. Marc Goerigk

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19 May 2022 |12:00 noon | online

Marc Goerigk is W2 Professor for Network and Data Science Management at the University of Siegen. You are invited to ask to him about topics you have in mind for your own career. Possibly also thoughts, doubts or even other career options he might have had, can give you good ideas for your own personal way.

Marc Goerigk became professor at a quite young age. He will talk with you about his direct path to a professorship and the very interesting positions he had held.

After his PhD in mathematics at the University of Göttingen, he moved to the Technical University of Kaiserslautern as a post-doctoral research assistant. Then his way lead him to the Management School of Lancaster University (UK) for a permanent position as Lecturer in Data Analytics. He joined the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) as a fellow in 2018. In the same year, he accepted a position as a professor in Siegen at the age of 32.

If you are interested to talk with Marc Goerigk in a small group of postdoctoral researchers to find out more about the topics you need to know to decide on your professional path, you are very welcome to register for this talk.

Prof over lunch: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams

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14 January | 12:00 noon | online

Kerstin Rosenow-Williams became professor for Social Sustainability in the focus area of sociology at the Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in October 2021. In 2017 she did her “habilitation” on her interdisciplinary work on migration and climate change as the big and pressing challenges of the present.  As her steps on the way to her professorship are just rather recent, she will easily be able to envision and understand your questions, thoughts and doubts.

Before her professorship she had a number of different positions, from group leader at university and also at research institutes to children’s rights specialist at UNICEF . All these different positions are also very interesting appointments, which can give you insights in very diverse fields of work.

If you are interested to talk with Kerstin Rosenow-Williams in a small group of postdoctoral researchers to find out more about the topics you need to know to decide on your professional path, you are very welcome to register for this talk.

This second talk of our series „Prof over lunch“ will take place on 14th January 2022 at noon (12.00) till 13.00.

Prof*in über Mittag: Prof. Dr. Marion Silies

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04. November | 12:00 Uhr (s.t.) | online

Prof. Dr. Marion Silies ist seit 2019 Professorin für Neuroentwicklungsbiologie an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz. Ihr Weg dorthin führte sie über einige sehr wichtige Stationen, über die sie im Gespräch mit Ihnen gerne erzählen wird. Ihre Jahre als Postdoc in Stanford, wo sie ihren Forschungsinteressen weiter nachging, können Ihnen interessante Einblicke in das Leben und Forschen in einem anderen Land geben.

Von dort führte ihr Weg mit einem Emmy Noether Fellowship weiter nach Göttingen an das European Neuroscience Institute, wo sie als Gruppenleiterin einer Nachwuchsgruppe arbeitete und forschte. Sowohl die Arbeit in einem Forschungsinstitut, als auch die Rolle als Emmy Noether Gruppenleiterin sind spannende Hintergründe, zu denen Marion Silies für Sie gerne erzählen wird. Auch ein Bericht ihrer Initiative für einen ERC Starting Grant, den Marion Silies 2016 für ihre Forschung einwarb, kann Ihren für Ihren eigenen Weg wertvolle Hintergründe, Hinweise und Ideen liefern. 

Stellen Sie am 4. 11. 2021 um 12.00 (pünktlich) im Gespräch mit Marion Silies gerne alle Fragen, die Sie zur Zeit bei den Überlegungen Ihres beruflichen Weges beschäftigen. Mit etwas Glück finden Sie vielleicht genau die richtigen Antworten!

Am 4.11.2021 um 12.00 (pünktlich) können Sie im Gespräch mit Marion Silies einen Einblick in einen Weg in die Professur bekommen.