Career discovery

Talks are designed to improve your knowledge on specific careers’ sectors. Hand-picked speakers have been invited to give you an insider information on possible career paths ranging from academia or administration, to industry or entrepreneurship, education, communication and alternative paths! Several opportunities to meet with these professionals and build your contacts network are provided.

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Career toolkits

A variety of career development toolkit talks are proposed to help you improve/ promote your job-seeking skills and career development strategies in academia and outside of it. You will better understand what employers are looking for, how to handle a job interview and how to embrace a career change as a positive challenge. Moreover, the varied opportunities related to a career in science communication are presented.


List of toolkit talks:

    • Building a strategy for a job search on the academic track
      by Prof. Howard Riezman – Department of Biochemistry, University of Geneva, Director, NCCR Chemical Biology, Switzerland
    • Building a strategy for a job search outside academia
      by Dr Vanya Loroch, Head Trainer at Loroch CTLS / Professor at Business School Lausanne
    • Starting a professional career in industry: Matching market needs in the application documents
      by Dr. Monika Clausen – Founder of Dr. Monika Clausen Netzwerkpartner, Zürich, Switzerland
    • “Emotions in science”
      by Samuel Lagier – Scientist and Communicator. Founder of SamSpeaksScience
    • How to ace a job interview”
      by Flavia Spasiano – Business consultant at Spasiano Consulting, Founder & Consultant at Interview Lab
    • A quick guide to be a Science Communicator
      by Nolwenn Chavan – Science Communicator, NCCR Chemical Biology and Founder of Moulin à Etincelles

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Career workshops

Powerful, practical and inspiring workshops run at the end of the last day to teach you how to network successfully, boost your self-assurance to dream your own career path, identify your transferable skills and develop your negotiation skills. Limited number of seats (12 to 40 participants, depending on the workshop)!

Due to the large number of registration requests for the workshops, we have already reached the maximum number of seats. From Sept. 1th, applications will be placed on a waiting list and participation cannot be guaranteed.


List of workshops:

  • Create a strong social network!” (12 participants) / Full
    by Dimitra Karatolou – Life, Career and Executive Coach, NLP, Founder of Lifepassport, “Dream, Plan & Act”, Athens, Greece
  • I am a scientist who needs me?” (40 participants) / Full
    by Dr. Chapin Rodriguez – Founder and director of Creaducate entreprises, a communications consulting firm, Hong-Kong
  • Identify your transferable skills” (20 participants) / Full
    by Sidonie Mayor – Psychologist, Orientation consultant at Corref, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Negotiation skills” (12 participants) / Full
    by Dr. Fernanda Salina – International Law Specialist, Dispute Settlement, Negotiation & Mediation

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