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Berlin Science Talk



PhD Networking and Socialization
(First weekend of every month)

When meeting someone for the first time, whether another PhD student, or a renowned scientist, nothing breaks the ice like eating pancakes or having drinks together. A social atmosphere provides a relaxed, informal environment where people can connect, share ideas, and form collaborations. Being able to build a network and thrive in a social environment is crucial to a successful scientific career. Berlin Science Talk brings young researchers, PhD students, Postdocs and scientists together to build a strong academic, industrial and social network in an informal setting.

In a multidisciplinary research field, it is crucial to have an environment where scientists can connect and communicate directly. PhD students and postdocs will often work in a research group that consists of scientists with diverse educational backgrounds. It is necessary to create a supporting network that can be called on to share experiences. Moreover, a solid network becomes a crucial element for future collaborations and taking the next steps in one’s career. Since young researchers may have less exposure to the scientific network, social events could be immensely helpful in boosting their career. These events ensure more interaction between the participants thus allowing scientists to communicate their research and ideas effectively. A social event can be as much about making friends as it is about sharing research. Ultimately though, the connection made may lead back to better science and increased opportunities for collaboration. The phrase ‘‘practice makes perfect’’ applies to many situations, and socializing is no exception. The greater the exposure to socializing opportunities, the better one’s communication skills get, which is a vital skill in science.

Berlin Science Talk gives an opportunity to meet every Friday evening with many research scholars from various disciplines. So, pack some food and drinks and, lets enjoy the Friday evening together!!!


Berlin Science Talk : Explain Your Research
(Every month)

"Berlin Science Talk" provides a platform to young researchers and scientists to talk about their research to a diverse audience. In doing so, it promotes them to think "out of the box" for communicating their research work so that everyone in the audience understands it, irrespective of their academic background, and at the same time, does not dilute the importance of their research, or make it sound very lame. At this point, one might wonder, why is it so important? Well, to begin with, this will prepare young researchers to always be on-point and confident enough to communicate their research to anyone, whether its academics from a completely different background, or students embarking on their bachelor studies. And, not to mention, the extreme happiness and satisfaction of people remembering you not as a stereotypical "nerdy scientist", but, rather, as someone who could introduce them to the fascinating and overwhelmingly interesting world of scientific research.

So, here we are, providing you with a platform to present your research work in an interesting and entertaining way that will keep it etched in the audience's memory.

Now, lets get into some details - In this event, participants will get maximum 10 minutes each to present their research work. In this time frame, the speaker has to get the main "take home message" of their research across to the audience in the most entertaining and innovative way possible. They can do so through powerpoint presentations, or even demonstrate their work by "live" experiments if possible.

So, do you think you can tickle everyone's grey cells and make them fall for your research work? What are you waiting for?

Please send the title of your talk with a short description at berlinsciencetalk@gmail.com.


Postdoc or Industry?
Choices and opportunities for PhDs in the AI revolution
(June 26, 2018)

You are a PhD or Postdoc wondering what your next move should be? You are looking to better understand what a move to industry would mean for you? You have been internationally mobile and need more insight?

Let's speak for 90 minutes about the following issues.

1. If pursuing a postdoc career, what do I need to watch out for? How do I find out what my chances are of making tenure? When do I get out before it is too late? 2. In considering a switch to industry, what do I need to do to get interviews and find the best job? How do I start the search? 3. If I have been mobile internationally, and perhaps don't speak German (fluently), how do I move forward nevertheless?

Our guest speaker: Dr. Chris Armbruster is a Max Planck alumnus who is supporting PhD talent in transitioning to new challenges in Data & AI. Earlier, he worked on innovation systems (including postdoc careers), and rolled out digital infrstructures to the MPI. Chris is from Berlin but spent much of his life abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. He runs the campaign 10,000 Data Scientists for Europe and would like to hear from you if you are interested in Data & AI.


Online job applications for PhDs transitioning to Industry
(August 10, 2018)

In Germany, about 3 million people are looking for jobs at any given day. Despite their qualifications, many PhDs face challenges in landing industry positions they are well-qualified for. This is due to a lack of understanding of the online job application process that most applicants are unaware of.

In this workshop, career advisors from INTRVU will share how the online application process works and identify key pitfalls. They will also share structured job application and tracking strategies to increase your chances of getting your applications reviewed by the hiring personnel. They will also provide an overview of the tools to build a professional candidate persona, profile your application kit and identify improvement hotspots. Workshop participants will be introduced to INTRVU's H3 framework to critically review and revise their application documents. This workshop will conclude with a walkthrough of the free resources and knowledge base available on INTRVU website and an open discussion on INTRVU's career services packages.

Guest Speaker: Raman Venkatesan Thulasinath is a Co-founder and Partner at INTRVU, where he is responsible for Admissions and Career services advisory lines. He is also an avid reader, writer and a public speaker. At INTRVU, he also manages strategic partnerships with public and private organizations, embassies, universities and student associations. A former sales executive and industry expert, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Polymer Physics at the University of Potsdam and holds a joint Masters degree in Polymer Science from HU,FU,TU Berlin and University of Potsdam.


World Science Day for Peace and Development
(November 10, 2018)

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable (by UNESCO).


Arobendo Mondal

Team members

João Louçano

Tanistha Gupta

Jonas Schuba

Yunha Hwang

Priyanka Banerjee

Mayur Vadhvani

Vlada Pleshcheva

Sayan Paul

Kazi Atikur Rahman