Geo.X Career Day 2016

Press release

23.09.2016: Young scientists can ask themselves the question, what to do after finishing their PhD or following on a Postdoc phase. Staying in science or switching to other career paths? Last Wednesday 90 participants took part in the Geo.X Career Day on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Two career options were presented to them: inside and outside academia.

In her key notes the career coach Svenja Neupert gave an overview on both paths and motivated the young scientists to use their skills and bring in their potential whatever career they choose. Following on this introduction the participants had the opportunity to inform themselves about one of these two options in detail.

Central element of the event was the presentation of several short interviews with experts from both fields, that informed about the different requirements and opportunities and answered the questions of the young scientists. The event also offered the opportunity for exchange and networking. (ak)

The central element of the Geo.X Career Day was a number of short interviews with former Geo.X geoscientists focusing on their personal career decisions, recent career development and current job satisfaction. The Geo.X Career Day concluded a buffet and get-together with the alumni.

The support program comprises

  • the opportunity for an individual check of your application dossier and/or CV by experts,
  • offers of "High Potentials - Academy for Postdoctoral Career Development" (PoGS) and the
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler (BDG, Beratung für außerwissenschaftliche Berufswege in den Geowissenschaften).  



1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Pre-program: Opportunity to have your application dossier and/or your CV checked (individual appointments)

Registration for participants

3:00 to 3:05 p.m.
Welcome address by Dr. Hildegard Gödde, Administrative Head of Geo.X

3:05 to 3:20 p.m.
Key note: Personal career navigation in academic markets and other fields Svenja Neupert, Kompetenzia International

3:20 to 4:30 p.m.
Geoscientific career paths outside academia (Moderation: Mark Edwards)

  • Dr. Volker Clausnitzer, Director, DHI-WASY GmbH, Berlin
  • Sebastian Hanneken, Manager Energy & Commodity Risk, d-fine, Frankfurt
  • Andre Kloth, Head of DIGOS GmbH, Potsdam

>> Synthesis (Svenja Neupert)

4:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Coffee break

  • Potsdam Graduate School (POGS): Potsdam Academy of Postdoctoral Career Development
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler (BDG) e.V. (Beratung für außerwissenschaftliche Berufswege in den Geowissenschaften)

4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Geoscientific career paths inside academia and scientific management (Moderation: Mark Edwards)

  • Prof. Dr. Charlotte Krawczyk, Department Director, GFZ Potsdam
  • Dr. Sonja Martens, Department Manager, GFZ Potsdam
  • Dr. Tobias Salge, Electron Probe Microanalyst, Natural History Museum, London

>> Synthesis and wrap-up (Svenja Neupert)

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.