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AiS Workshop "Career strategies within and beyond academia" – Call for Applications

This workshop will be held online on 18.02.22, 09:00-15:00. 

News from Jan 13, 2022

Taking an international perspective, the workshop aims to help Scholars-at-Risk to assess their current position and reflect their career goals. It provides an overview of the German research and innovation system and addresses both the opportunities and challenges associated with consolidating an academic or research career in Germany. It also raises strategic issues in career development, such as intersectoral mobility. Overall, the workshop is designed to facilitate career decision-making in a highly competitive work environment characterised by project funding and temporary employment contracts.

Your benefits

By participating in this workshop, you will be better equipped to 

  • navigate the German research and innovation landscape, 
  • understand the career system in academia and public sector research,
  • identify potential career opportunities beyond research and teaching, 
  • recognise the building blocks for sustainable career development,
  • and address job applications more effectively.


This compact, yet highly interactive workshop employs theoretical input, plenary discussions, individual and small group work, experience sharing, coaching elements and expert advice. It is limited to 12 participants and will be presented in English.

Trainer: Dr. Anke Soemer

Anke Soemer has worked in science management for over 20 years and is an expert in research and transfer. At the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, she is a Senior Advisor in the Presidential Department with a focus on research strategy and policy. Previously, she was head of the Departement for Young Scientists of the Max Planck Gesellschaft. Anke Soemer studied Public Administration and Law at the Universities of Konstanz and Ottawa and earned her doctorate at the Technical University of Munich. She is a certified Business Trainer & Coach (dvct) and supports organizations and researchers in strategy processes, research planning and transfer.

To apply, please send to AiS your most recent academic CV and a brief motivation statement (max. 250 words). Applications should be sent in PDF format to ais@fu-berlin.de with the subject line: Application – Workshop "Career strategies" / Application – Workshop “Funding your research” or for attending both, Application – Workshops “Career & Funding” by 27 January 2022.

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research