4th Leibniz PhD Student Symposium


What future do we have as scientists?

Rethinking scientific publishing and careers

Purpose of the Symposium

Providing insights into:
- Risks and opportunities entailed in the publication of results obtained within a PhD,
on scientific and non-scientific journals;
- Career opportunities after the PhD, with and without (good) publications
Addressing questions like:
Where and how should I publish my results/non-results?
How can my PhD be professionally valuable inside and outside of academia?


Event dates and venue

 28th – 29th September 2017
 Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW – Berlin)
Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17 - 10315 Berlin, Germany
Contact: phd-symposium-2017@izw-berlin.de

Scientific Program

28th  Sept. 2017, morning session

Publishing opportunities for PhD students depending on their starting point  
Invited speaker: Prof. Heribert Hofer, IZW – Berlin

Within this session, participants are invited to present their personal cases answering questions like:
-  What was your starting point? (e.g. high-risk project, field and lab work required, all data already available, etc.)
-  Which were your expectations at that stage?
-  Which were the challenges at that stage?

28th  Sept. 2017, afternoon session

Publishing what…and where?
Invited speaker: Dr. Frank E. Zachos, Natural History Museum of Vienna

Within this session, participants are invited to share their thoughts on the pros and cons of the different
publication types they could produce within their PhD. For instance:
-  Communication to stakeholders
-  Cooperation with the media
-  Scientific publications  
-  Methodological papers or packages

29th  Sept. 2017, morning session

Career opportunities for PhD students with and without scientific publications
Invited speakers:  
Dr. Sonja Ihle, Program Director at DFG (participation not confirmed)
Dr. Karolina Tykwinska, Business Developer at Novozymes
Dr. Kamen Bliznashki, Entrepreneur in Residence, Atlantic Labs.

This session is meant to present to participants the cases of people who quit academic career, but not necessarily research. Also, the range of job and funding opportunities within academy will be presented. Participants will not have talks in this session but get an overview of the opportunities they have at the end of their doctoral studies. 


Poster & Pasta session

Poster presentations will be shown within this session giving them the opportunity to share and discuss their experience, challenges and achievements with their fellow students and with the invited speakers.
A buffet will be offered to participants and invited speakers. 


29th  Sept. 2017, afternoon session


1.  Scientific communication to scientific and non-scientific audience.  

Moderator: Prof. Boris Schröder-Esselbach, Technical University of Braunschweig   

2.  Funding opportunities within the European context.

Moderator: Dr. Anne Höner, EU Liaison Officer at Forschungsverbund Berlin

3.  Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for future scientists.

Moderator: Dr. Alexander Courtiol, IZW – Berlin