Dr. Karin Bodewits
Co-founder & owner
Women in science, self-presentation & networking, poster presentations, time-management, science communication
International and intercultural experiences
Karin lived and worked in:
China (Unilever R&D)
Spain (Puleva Biotech)
UK (University of Edinburgh)
The Netherlands (Teaching assistant, Biology studies)
Germany (Co-founder ScienceMums and NaturalScience.Careers, SFB coordinator)
Unilever R&D (2006-2007, visiting researcher)
Puleva Biotech (2005, visiting researcher)
Karin originally comes from the Netherlands where she studied Biology (University of Groningen). To broaden her horizon she then worked in Spain and China. Besides conducting research in industry, she gathered her first experiences in giving seminars to scientists and engineers in Shanghai, teaching debating skills and “Western culture” to team leaders at Unilever and at a state-owned electricity company.
Then she lived for over three years in the lovely Scottish city of Edinburgh and finished her PhD at the University of Edinburgh (School of Chemistry and the Medical School). Thereafter, she moved to Germany and worked as a coordinator at the LMU in Munich. In 2012, she founded the social enterprise ScienceMums that aimed to help women bridge the gap between motherhood and career. Almost three years later, she founded the career platform NaturalScience.Careers (2015). ScienceMums became part of this broader platform.
She became book author, speaker, trainer and published a wide range of articles around the topic “women & career”.
What is more
During her academic career, she co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and a scientific book chapter. Today, Karin regularly writes for magazines like Chemistry World and Naturejobs. She writes career columns for Nachrichten aus der Chemie and short stories for Laborjournal. Furthermore, she just published her very first humorous novel ‘You Must Be Very Intelligent – The PhD Delusion‘.
Dr. Philipp Gramlich
Leadership training, presentation skills, career starters, coaching, talks
International and intercultural experiences
Philipp lived and worked in:
Australia (University of Sydney, chemistry studies)
UK (University of Edinburgh, postdoc)
Eurofins Genomics (Team leader R&D, QC/shipping and analytics)
Baseclick GmbH (Manager R&D)
Philipp studied chemistry at both Munich universities as well as at the University of Sydney. During his PhD, he joined a project team, whose work led to the foundation of baseclick GmbH by BASF Venture Capital. After some exciting experiences during the pre-founding and founding phases of this company, he went to Edinburgh for a postdoc. Here he could participate in a project to synthesize a complex molecular machine, which led to a publication in Science. Overall, his 11 scientific publications add up to >1200 citations (Researchgate).
Philipp then left academic research to join Eurofins Genomics for five years. In this time he worked as team leader (mainly in part-time), eventually being responsible for 22 staff in three teams. In parallel, he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers, where he is focussing on leadership training, career starters, coaching and business development. In July 2016, he left Eurofins to fully concentrate on his own company- and to pursue his passion to work with young scientists on their professional development.
Professional trainings (selection)
2018 Interactive training and teaching strategies, by Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan, 3 training days
2017-2018 Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Universität Hamburg, >100 hours study time
What is more
As one of just a few men working on gender topics, Philipp aims to be the new face of German feminism. Geschlechterkampf (battle of the sexes) was yesterday. Gender equality is not a zero-sum game (take from men and give to women) but a vital building block for a more flexible, fair and efficient working culture.
Communication, marketing, gender studies
Photo © Schafgans DGPh
Peter lived and studied in:
USA (Portland State University)
Peter worked as freelancer in various management and marketing projects.
Peter studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at University of Freiburg and at Portland State University, USA. After four years of undergraduate studies with majors in history, cultural studies and gender studies, he started to work as project manager at NaturalScience.Careers, managing the conference project as well as the marketing campaign for Karin´s first novel. Next to this, he is currently earning a business master’s degree at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences.
What is more
Peter´s engagement is driven by the vision to challenge discrimination and marginalisation on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or origin. To this end, Peter is also engaged in volunteer work for refugees.
Seminar leaders we are collaborating with
Science communication, storytelling
Simon has been moderating Science Slams since 2012. He has been slamming himself since 2015 and is the vice champion of the German Science Slam 2017. He studied History and Literature in Heidelberg and Berlin. After gaining experience at a Berlin communication start-up he founded his own company Hauser-Kommunikation. Currently he’s not only writing a doctoral thesis in Marburg, but also works as a seminar leader for scientists of all disciplines, helping them to translate and to transport their findings to any kind of audience. Photo: ©Karo Krämer
Schiller & Mertens
How to build your lab
Alexander was a DFG Heisenberg fellow and junior professor for inorganic chemistry at the University of Jena (Germany). In 2011 he started the project „Schiller & Mertens“. Since 2016 he is a full-time trainer and certified facilitator: teaching advanced research skills, such as communication in science, team building and leading competences and didactics and methodology in university teaching. As researcher and group leader Dr. Schiller knows the challenges of scientists and addresses them interactively in an innovative setting. He is a member in the „Bundesverband für Training, Beratung und Coaching“.
Dr. David Giltner
Careers in industry
David spent the first two decades of his career commercializing laser technologies for a variety of applications including optical communication, remote sensing, and scientific instrumentation. In 2010 he published the book Turning Science into Things People Need, and began visiting universities in the US, Europe, and Asia to help scientists and engineers transition from academia into industry. Beginning with a PhD in physics from Colorado State University, his career evolved from purely technical roles into technical management, and then into product management and business development. This journey has given him a broad perspective on industry careers and where a science background can be uniquely valuable.