To succeed in the academic world, PhD students should engage in collaborative projects and create a network of contacts. Not only do collaborations and networking improve a PhD student’s competitiveness and reputation, but they also increase the number of publications.

Networking, approaching respected researchers at conferences, and starting cross-disciplinary collaborations are skills often neglected in the PhD education. The ability to communicate one’s research is generally required not only within the scientific circles, but also considering the general public and journalists. Finally, successfully started collaborations and the sheer amount of organisational tasks that come along with them can be overwhelming to becoming scientists. Practising time management early on in one’s career is thus an asset that should not be overlooked.

To help PhD students increase their chances of being successful and continue with their academic careers, we are organizing a workshop, where invited speakers will use panel discussions, lectures, and practical sessions to explain how to improve the above-mentioned skills.

This workshop was organized thanks to the financial support of BioResearch School and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Organized by

Mariana Pires Braga (Department of Zoology)
Naomi Keehnen (Department of Zoology)
Patrícia Pečnerová (Department of Zoology)
Beate Proske (Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences)
Jutta Diessl (The Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute)
Sarah Leeb (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics)