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Online Event | Life outside of Academia? Career paths beyond basic research

Sep 20, 2021 | 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM

Quitting academia is initially unimaginable for many researchers. But in the course of one's career, one is inevitably confronted with the question of whether one cannot find the same level of fulfillment outside of basic research. After all, not everyone has the opportunity to make it through the bottleneck of the academic job market to a professorship. Last but not least, in Germany in particular, the clock of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz is also ticking. Together with Dr. Juliane Kampe from the Helmholtz Association, Philipp Rotmann from the Global Public Policy Institute and Dr. Annika-Elena Poppe, who works at IsrAID Germany e. V. as well as a freelance coach, we will discuss possible alternative career paths. Moderated by Dr. Gregor Hofmann from the BR50 office, we will explore together with the audience the question of how knowledge-based careers can look like beyond the "typical" academic career oriented towards basic research. What qualifications does the more applied research in a think tank require and what are the recruitment requirements for applicants there? What does one actually do in science management, and what skills from one's time as a researcher are useful for working in a research organization? And how does it feel to switch sides from analyzing political and social processes to managing humanitarian projects and advising experts oneself?


Dr. Annika Elena Poppe | Peace Research Institute Frankfurt: Dr. Annika Elena Poppe is working as project manager and team leader at the humanitarian aid organization IsraAaid Germany e.V. as well as a coach and consultant and as yoga and meditation teacher. She is trained as a political scientist and has served as coordinator of the Research Network External Democracy Promotion and as Project Director and Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, where her research focused on international democracy promotion, normative and political change, US foreign policy, and the US-Egyptian relationship. Annika has had academic training in Political Science and American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt and in U.S. History at the American University, Washington DC. In 2011, she spent a semester as a visiting researcher at the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

Dr. Juliane Kampe | Helmholtz Association: Dr. Juliane Kampe is the Research Field Officer Health at the Berlin Office of the Helmholtz Association. Before that she has been working as the Head of the Research Management Unit of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München and as Head of Program management at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center HDC & Helmholtz Alliance in Munich. Before she started her career as a research manager, she was working as postdoc at the Monash Obesity & Diabetes Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Juliane received a PhD in Neuroscience from Monash University, a Master degree in Nutritional Science from the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, and a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences from Potsdam University.

Philipp Rotmann | Global Public Policy Institute: Philipp Rotmann is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he leads the work on peace and security. Philipp served as a senior political adviser with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, worked in the German Federal Foreign Office on the Afghanistan-Pakistan task force, contributed as a consultant to the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations, and collaborated with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, he developed web applications and co-managed a small IT company. Philipp studied economics, political science and law for his bachelor’s degree in Erfurt and Essex, and international relations for his master’s degree in in Berlin and Potsdam. From 2008 to 2010, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master’s degree in public administration.

Dr. Gregor Hofmann | Berlin Social Science Center (WZB): Dr. Gregor Hofmann is desk officer in the presidential Department at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. At the WZB, Gregor is responsible for setting up and coordinating the office of Berlin Research 50 (BR50), an association of non-university research institutes in Berlin. Previously, he worked as advisor to the director at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). Before that he has been working as a doctoral researcher at PRIF in research projects on multilateral negotiations and the contestation of international norms. Stays as visiting researcher led him to the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies New York in 2014 as well as to the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2016.

Free Admission. Please join the session on the day of the event by using the following link: https://wzb-eu.zoom.us/j/83137067256?pwd=c0QzR2t5Z3IrZVhob1Y2b0tTN3EyQT09.
Event series collaboration between SCRIPTS & BR50
Language: English

About the Series - Post-doctorate Pathways: academic and non-academic career trajectories

With 7 Clusters of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance and the BR50 as joint initiatives by Berlin’s universities and research institutes, the capital is becoming increasingly attractive for junior researchers in Germany and abroad. Opening with a roundtable on academic career paths, the series attempts to showcase career paths in different disciplines, specifically the social sciences, inside and outside of academia. This is specifically dedicated to junior researchers on the verge of choosing their career path after their doctorate. The purpose is not to showcase glamourous careers, but rather have an open and honest conversation with helpful recommendations and pointers. This includes workshops on funding formats (e.g. funding schemes in Germany and Europe) as well as in-depth workshops on how to write applications for funding and which criteria to consider to strengthen an application and set it apart (e.g. diversity)

Time & Location

Sep 20, 2021 | 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM