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HHU Research Funding Days 2022

A career in science depends above all on the acquisition of research funding. However, good research conditions, mentors and personal strategy are just as important. Within the scope of the Research Funding Days, we want to discuss together which factors have an influence on a successful academic career.

03./04. May 2022, Online

Attendance is free of charge for doctoral researchers and postdocs. We ask you to please register for the event.

Programme overview

03 May 2022 - Morning
Shaping your (research) career
09:30 Welcome
Vice President for Research and Transfer at HHU, Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Icks
09:30 - 10:00 Presentation:
An academic career - Risks and opportunities
presentation by Dr. Beate Scholz, Scholz CTC GmbH
10:00 - 11:00

Panel discussion:
Deciding on a (research) career. - Talking to your peers about their careers
Moderation: Dr. Uta Brunner; JUNO

What is important when planning your own (academic) career? How good are your chances of getting a job in Academia? Do you have to go abroad? How do you find mentors? Should you join a research network? Will research and family work out?
HHU academics will discuss these and other questions with anyone who is interested. We will shed light on decision-making processes and options for "Plan A" as well as for the many other possible career paths.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Trinkert
Institute for Art History, Art History of the Middle Ages, HHU
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexej Kedrov
Institute for Biochemistry, RG Synthetic Membran synthesis, HHU
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Meisner
Institute for Physical Chemistry,  Theory and simulation of complex systems, HHU
Dr. Payam Payamyar
Materials and Data Scientist, HHU Alumnus

11:10 - 12:00 Presentation:
Strategically planning your research career by obtaining third party funding. Overview of funding options according to career level
Dr. Eva Gruchattka, Martina Kuhlmann
Department of Research Management and Transfer, HHU
03 May 2022 - afternoon
Planning your research stay abroad
13:00 - 13:50 Presentation:
Going abroad for a postdoc
General information on planning a research stay
Dr. Uta Brunner, JUNO, HHU
14:00 - 15:00 Presentation:
HFSP funding across national and disciplinary boundaries 
Programme information and advice for your application
Dr. Guntram Bauer, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
04 May 2022 - Morning
Establishing the own research group
09:30 - 11:00

Panel discussion:
How to become (an) independent (research group leader)
Introduction and moderation: Dr. Claudia Whittle, Department for Research Management and Transfer at HHU

The path to an independent academic career is diverse and there are just as many ways to finance your research group. How do you become a junior research group leader? What needs to be considered? How have successful colleagues achieved funding?
The participants of the panel discussion will present their own funding programmes and answer questions about the respective general conditions.

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Kliesch, Emmy Noether Group leader, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Quantum Technology, HHU
  • Dr. Nils Alexander Lakomek, Heisenberg Scholarship holder, Institute for Physical Biology (IPB),  Biophysical NMR Spectroscopy, Forschungszentrum Jülich and HHU
  • PD Dr. David Hommen, DFG Position for Principal Investigators, Institute for Philosophy, HHU
  • Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke, ERC Starting Grant, Bacterial Networks and interaktions, Forschungszentrum Jülich and HHU
11:10 - 12:00

Words of 'wisdom' - Advice from experienced researchers and mentors
Moderation: Martina Kuhlmann, Department for Research Management and Transfer at HHU

Learning from experienced academics and exchanging ideas with them can be a great support for your own path. Established HHU researchers share their own experiences on the path to academic independence and answer questions about applications, reviews and resetting after a rejected grant.

Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
Institute for Plant Genetics, HHU
Prof. Dr. Christiane Eilders
Communication and Media Studies III, HHU
Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeffer
Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, HHU

Attendance is free of charge for doctoral researchers and postdocs . We ask you to please register for the event.


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