Career reflection for early stage researchers in the Natural and Life Sciences

"From knowing who I am, to knowing what I want, to getting what I want." At some point, every scientist has to face the decision whether to continue an academic research career or to choose a different path. It is absolutely crucial that this is a conscious, grounded, individual decision. This workshop invites participants to reflect on what they enjoy, what they are good at, what matters to them in professional life, and helps them to express that. In addition, we will discuss the challenges of integrating professional goals with private life. The insights and tools acquired in this workshop will support participants in making the career choice that feels right for them.

At the end of this workshop, the participants will

  • understand better who they are and what they want
  • be aware of what they enjoy, what they are good at, and what matters to them in their professional and private lives
  • understand how personality and individual needs shape communication and vice versa
  • have learned to formulate their goals and to communicate their needs
  • feel strengthened in their career choice

The workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. Participants will get actively involved in the course, discussing their own life experiences and being self-reflective, in a stimulating and guided process. They will acquire tools that can be readily used in daily life.

 Target group:

Senior PhD students and junior postdocs


Derzeit kein Termin
Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Seminar room 2 (2nd floor)
Registration: Online ab 1 September

Registration: Online

Registration takes place exclusively online via UNIVIS. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Dr. Hilde Janssens has a PhD in Cell & Developmental Biology from the University of Basel, and has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven, and at Stony Brook University, New York; as a computer officer at the University of Cambridge, and as a lab manager at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona. Throughout her scientific career, she has taught and coordinated numerous scientific and professional development courses throughout Europe, and worked as a trainer and consultant for hfp consulting for several years. At present, she dedicates her time to facilitating meetings and running workshops for people in the scientific academic world. For her work as a trainer, she has been cited twice in Science Careers: Leadership Tips for Women Becoming a Trainer.