Career days 2017

The 2017 VBC Career days will feature two events

Nov 22-23 | Career Development Workshop

Nov 24 | Career Symposia

These days are specially targeted for PhD Students and Postdocs who are planning their next position*.


Career Development Workshop

Career development workshop

22nd & 23rd November 2017, 9-13h

This workshop aims to assist postdoctoral researchers and PhD students with their career planning, whether they are intending a career within or outside of academia. Underpinned by recognised career theory, the programme includes presentations, information and exercises to enable participants to take a proactive approach to their next career transition. 

Programme outline:   

Day 1 (09.00 – 13.00): Career planning overview; identifying personal strengths, skills and career choice preferences; examination of the employment market and job seeking strategies. Short homework task.

Day 2 (09.00 – 13.00): Review of Day 1 and homework task; effective communication skills including personal profile and networking; writing an effective CV and covering letter; reflection and personal action planning.

This is an excellent opportunity to spend time out of your research to consider your career options in a learning environment that will help you to review your current position and how best to prepare yourself for your future career path.    

About the tutor: 

Sarah Blackford is a qualified academic career specialist with a background in bioscience research and publishing. She specializes in delivering career workshops and one-to-one guidance to postdoctoral researchers and students in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and doctoral training programs across Europe and in the US. See her Opens external link in new windowLinkedIn profile for more information or visit her blog Opens external link in new  

Career Symposia

12-14h - The Biotech Sector at the VBC (Lunch Buffet)

14-17h - From the bench to... (Panel Discussion)

  • Mark Petronczki (Group Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim | Alumnus IMP )
  • Botond Cseh (Consultant, Winnovation Consulting | Alumnus MFPL)
  • Marta Agostinho (EU-LIFE Coordinator)
  • Hilde Janssens (Trainer, Coach and Facilitator)
  • Ana Godinho (Education, Communications and Outreach, CERN)
  • Angela Andersen (Editor/Publishing Consultant, Life Cell Editors)

17h-... - Wine & Cheese / Social hour

Organising committee: 

Mariana Coelho Correia Da Silva (Postdoc, IMP); Daniela Götz (PhD Student, IMP); Stefan Lutzmayer (PhD Student, GMI); Ana Ramos Velazquez (Postdoc, IMP); Julia Riedl (Postdoc, IMP); Denise Seitner (PhD Student, GMI); Jasmin Taubenschmid (PhD Student, IMBA); Ratna Tripathy (PhD Student, IMBA); Jorge Zepeda Martinez (PhD Student, IMBA); with Inês Crisóstomo (Scientific Training Coordinator, VBC) 

For further inquiries please contact Ines Crisostomo ines.crisostomo(at) 

 * Participation in the Workshop is by registration only, and priority will be given to researchers from IMP/IMBA/GMI. The MFPL organises a career day, also with workshops, in October.