Dr. Karin Bodewits

Co-founder & owner


Specialised in

Women and career, self-presentation & networking, poster presentations, time-management, science communication, storytelling and outreach.

Karin Bodewits' vita

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)

Industrial experience

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

Dr. Philipp Gramlich



Specialised in

Leadership training, presentation skills, career starters, coaching, talks

Philipp Gramlich's vita

International and intercultural experiences 

Philipp lived and worked in:

Australia (University of Sydney, chemistry studies)

UK (University of Edinburgh, postdoc)


Industrial experience

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.

Philipp´s full CV

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Peter Kronenberg



Specialised in

Time-management, self-presentation and social media, gender studies, and biases in the academic system.

Photo © Schafgans DGPh

Peter Kronenberg's vita

International and intercultural experiences

Peter lived and studied in:


USA (Portland State University)


Work experience

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. Peter´s workshops include the topics Self-presentation, networking and small talkGender and culture at work as well as Time- and self management.

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.

Twitter: @pete_kronenberg

Seminar leaders we are collaborating with

Simon Hauser (M.A.) 

Hauser Kommunikation


Specialised in

Science communication, storytelling, outreach

Simon Hauser's vita

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

Dr. Lisa Steinhauser

Coaching Dr. Lisa Steinhauser



(Female) Leadership, self-organisation, presentation skills, and careers outside of academia.

Lisa Steinhauser's vita

Lisa brings along rich work experiences from four different companies. She worked in the areas of pharma research, food analytics and analytical instruments for multinationals as well as SMEs. She took a variety of roles, from product manager and sales manager to her current position as team leader for a team of nine co-workers in a pharma company. All of these experiences enrich her seminars and coachings about leadership and self-organisation.

Lisa studied chemistry at the University of Tübingen. During her PhD, she worked on the analytics of natural products and spent three months as guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. David Giltner 

Turning Science


Specialised in

Careers in industry, industry funding

David Giltner's vita

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.

Dr. Alexander Schiller

Schiller & Mertens


Specialised in

How to build your lab

Alexander Schiller's vita

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“.

Alex´ full CV