Annual Career Symposium

Welcome to the website for the Annual Career Symposium. This is an event jointly organized by faculties of the CMCB, the MPI-CBG, the DIGs-BB and of the Excellence Cluster Physics of Life (PoL) at the TU-Dresden. This event focuses on career opportunities inside and outside of academia for PhD students and post-docs. We will be hosting fantastic speakers, who will discuss about their career paths, as well as a company fair.

The next symposium will take place June 2, 2023 in the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden.

08:30 – 9:00

Registration and Welcome session

9:00 – 9:30

Keynote speaker: Seher Abbas

9:30 – 10:30

Academia panelists
Otger Campas
Maria Fedorova
Dora Tang
Thorsten Mascher

10:30 – 11:00

Career fair and networking with coffee and tea

11:00 – 12:00

Industry speakers Session I
Andrea Leibfried – “Supporting science - from bench to management”
Christian Kuttner – “Life as an Editor in the Nature Portfolio”
Sandy R. Westermann – “The Art of Scientific Illustration: How I Turned My Passion Into a Career.”

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Career fair

14:00 – 15:20

Industry speakers Session II
Vinzenz Lange – “Solving challenges in science and technology: my path from academia to the DKMS Life Science Lab”
Anne Heninger  
Tobias Heckel – “My journey in the Diagnostic & Pharma Industry - insights into Product Development focused Research”
Anne Wuttke – “From Science to Innovation OR Is the grass greener on the other side?”

15:20 – 16:00

Career fair and networking with coffee and tea

16:00 – 17:00

Industry speakers Session III
Helena Klara Jambor ­– “Moonlighting around academia - a life of fun, fiction, and failures”
Thorsten Baust – “From Dresden to Harvard to Vienna: My Journey from Academia to Industry with Boehringer Ingelheim”
Yu-Wen Hsieh – “Equipping for Stepping into Biotech/Pharma Consulting Realm”
17:00 – 19:00 Networking session with drinks and snacks


Predocs and Postdocs

  • Sonali Salvi (TUD/CMCB)
  • Leyre Villar (UKDD)
  • Stephen Enos (TUD/CMCB)
  • Venkat Krishnaswamy (MPI-CBG)
  • Irene Seijo (MPI-CBG)
  • Jakub Rzeszotko (MPI-CBG)
  • Hendrik Sikkema (MPI-CBG)
  • Ilka Reichardt-Gómez (MPI-CBG)


  • Arantxa Sánchez Fernández (DIGS-BB)
  • Nicole Poulsen (TUD/CMCB)
  • Cassandra Visconti (MPI-CBG/IMPRS)
  • Reni Schimmel (MPI-CBG/IMPRS)
  • Angela Jacobi (PoL)
  • Ilona Kreher (PoL)