Career Day

Organised by EICAT (PhD and Postdoctoral Programmes) together with EMBLEM, Career Day provides an overview of non-academic career possibilities for scientists from all EMBL sites and the local scientific community. The next career day will take place on 19 July 2018 - details of this event will be available in spring 2018.

Career Day 2017 took place on 20 July, 9:30-16:30 and had the theme "influence". It featured roles in which non-academic scientists can influence the future of science, whether that be through science policy, science communication, supporting the next generation of scientists, or steering innovation in industry. The programme for the 2017 event can be found below.

Programme 2017

9:00 Coffee available
9:30 Welcome 

Ciarán Carolan, Research and Development Officer, European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, Tallinn, Estonia


Speed networking introduction

10:20 - 11:15

Speed networking & coffee break

11:15 - 11:45

Barbara Pauly, Director of Fellowships and Career Development Awards, Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Strasbourg, France

11:45 - 12:15

Oliver Renn, Head Science Communication and Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center, Department of Chemistry, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch and meet the speakers

13:15 - 13:55

Short talks from recent EMBL Alumni on making the transition to a non-academic career

  • Christian Moritz, Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Tiana Oliveira, Senior Scientist - Structural Biology, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK
  • Oliver Schraidt, Project Manager, EU Vaccine Initiative, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Thomas Zichner, Distinguished Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim, Vienna, Austria
13:55 - 14:30

Panel discussion with recent EMBL Alumni on making the transition to a non-academic career

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break with meet the speakers

15:00 - 15:30

Dominic Schmidt - Partner at Syncona Investment Management, London, United Kingdom

15:30 - 16:00

Gitte Neubauer - Head of Cellzome, a GSK company, Heidelberg, Germany


Closing remarks

16:05 - 16:30

Coffee and meet the speakers

CV Checks by Course Resource

As an added feature to the Career Day it is possible to have your CV checked by the company Course Resource. If this is of interest to you please indicate this on the registration form, or contact

Present with booth:

  • Hans-Joachim Böhler - Consultant, Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • EMBL Alumni Relations Programme

Transport to/from EMBL

A bus has been arranged to/from Heidelberg train station. It will pick up passengers at 9:00 from the bus-bay on Kurfürsten-Anlage, on the far opposite side of the street to the Print Media Academy. To get to this stop, exit the train station by the main exit (you should see the tourist information on the left and taxi-stands to your right) and then cross the street (Lessingstr.) using the pedestrian crossing. The bus bay is on the far side of the smaller street on the right-hand side (you will need to cross this street to get there). The bus will return from the EMBL bus-stop at 16:30.

The number 39 public bus from Bismarckplatz to Rohrbach Süd also stops at EMBL (please note that only the buses with the destination Rohrbach Süd stop at EMBL; those with a final destination of Königstühl take a different route).

For those staying at the ISG, a dedicated shuttle bus will leave at 8:45.