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Forschungsfördertage / Research Funding Days 2024

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.

Programme of events – Day 1

12 November 2024 – Shaping your career

Navigating  a Successful Academic Career
Dr. Alexander Schiller

During the presentation you interactively explore essential points which make an academic career successful. Before embarking on this journey, you must understand your personal and career goals, and gather information about the academic labour market and its requirements. It's also vital to plan for potential future positions or even consider exit strategies from academia.


Strategically planning your research career by obtaining third party funding – Overview of funding options according to career level
Dr. Evamaria Gruchattka, Martina Kuhlmann
Department of Research Management and Transfer at HHU

The suc­cess­ful ac­qui­si­tion of com­pet­i­tive third party funds is an important aspect of your academic career. As a postdoc you will, for the first time, be able to obtain your own funding and thus be able to carry out your own project ideas.
In this session, you will receive an overview of the most im­por­tant na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fund­ing pro­grammes for your career level and ad­vice on how to plan the pro­posal prepa­ration process.

10:50-11:05 Break

Panel discussion
Talking to your peers about their careers: How did you decide on your research career.
Moderation: Dr. Uta Brunner
Junior Scientist and International Researcher Center (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 the audience. Together 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. Melanie Fritsch, Junior Professor
Media and Cultural Studies with a focus on Game Studies,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, HHU

Dr. Sanil Bathia, Research Group Leader
Department of Pediatric Oncology, Medical Faculty, HHU

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Markus Suta, Junior Professor
Inorganic Photoactive Materials, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Weidtkamp-Peters, Managing Director
Center for Advanced Imaging (CAI), HHU



Programme of events – Day 2

13 November 2024 – Obtaining research independency

Welcome Note by the Vice President for Research and Transfer at HHU

Panel discussion
How to become an independent research group leader
Introduction and Moderation: Dr. Claudia Whittle
Department of Research Management and Transfer, 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. The discussion is followed by a get together.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Miriam Kutsch,  NRW Returning Scholars Program
Institute for Molecular Pathogenicity, HHU

Dr. Tobias Jores, Emmy Noether Programm der DFG
Institute of Synthetic Biology, Group of Plant Gene Regulation, HHU

Dr. Sabrina Kastaun, BMBF Health Care research group
Institute of General Practice, HHU

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Escher, BMBF FONA research group
Institute for Social Sciences, HHU

Prof. Dr. med. Tom Lüdde, ERC Starting  and Consolidator Grants
Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, HHU


Lunch and Get together

Opportunity to network with experienced colleagues and review board members.