Stranded abroad II
Published: December 10, 2021
Stranded abroad

Are you stuck abroad, unable to visit friends and family back home while all your colleagues left the lab for the Christmas/ New Year break? Loneliness and boredom can kick in, so let´s do something about it!


We offer eight free online sessions, open for all who are interested to join. We try to make them informative, but also interactive and social.


To secure your spot, please register (see links in the descriptions below).


Please follow this link to download the entire programme as pdf. 


24th December, 20:00-21:30 (CET): Your science story (Karin Bodewits)

We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s during a presentation, a job interview, a conference coffee break, or simply during a pub night. Why? It activates the same areas of our brain that would be activated during the actual event. Consequently, audiences feel so much more engaged when they hear a narrative about your real-life experiences as researcher or how you finally chased that superbug down. Much more than if you monotonously talk them through a list of bullet points on a power point slide. But to be understood when talking about one’s own research work, let alone to speak about yourself, is not easy for many researchers. During this event, you learn to enchant a wide range of audiences with science stories and to captivate a lay audience with complex research results. Because… speaking science can be magical!

In order to register, please follow this link

26th December, 19:00-20:30 (CET): Negotiate your salary... and more! (Philipp Gramlich)

Negotiations are a crucial success factor for all types of careers, no matter if we negotiate about salary, contracts, working conditions or when trying to solve a conflict. Some people are afraid of negotiations or dislike them for fear of having to be sleazy in order to ‘win’.

Don´t worry, in this session, you´ll learn to use negotiation principles, which will further your relationships. They will help you to be assertive without using elbow and which are applicable in a very broad range of situations.

You will learn…

  • Harvard Principles in real life
  • Applying these principles to tricky cases
  • ‘Simple’ case: Salary negotiations

Optional: analyse a complex case like a conflict using the negotiation principles


In order to register, please follow this link


27th December, 19:00 (CET): (Alternative) career options (Karin Bodewits)

Goodbye academiaOnce you have your science degree in hand, the world is open for you, right? At least, that what you were told before starting to study a scientific subject. And, indeed, it´s true, although it sometimes doesn´t feel like it: There are lots and lots of career options for scientists, but not all of them are equally visible for all of us. Therefore, we want to use this session to learn about career options within…


  • The private sector
  • The higher education system
  • Governmental institutions
  • Patent law
  • As freelancer
  • .. and many more!

In order to register, please follow this link

28th December, 19:00-20:30 (CET): Skills you need to leave academia (Philipp Gramlich)

You might want to leave academia after your PhD or postdoc, but you´re not sure if your skill set will allow you this transition?

In this session, we´ll look at the following:

  • Which skills are private sector employers looking for?
  • Which skills do you already have (but might not be aware of)?
  • How can you tailor your academic experience, so that you become more employable outside of the ivory tower?

In order to register, please follow this link

29th December, 19:00-20:00 (CET): How do successful people accomplish so much? Increasing productivity without sacrificing your work-life balance (David Giltner)

How do successful people accomplish so much? We’ve all known people who accomplish more than we feel we ever could. These are usually people who have demanding jobs, side investment projects, multiple volunteer activities, and on top of all that, active and exciting hobbies as well. How do these people get everything done? Don’t they have more demands on their time than they could ever satisfy?

Yes, they usually do! But they know how to manage all of it effectively so that achieving their work goals doesn’t rob them of their personal life. We will discuss the most important principle for achieving your productivity goals, and we’ll review some effective systems you can use to improve your productivity without sacrificing your work-life balance.

And we will spend some time getting to know each other a bit, as the holidays are a great time to be social.

David is founder of TurningScience

In order to register, please follow this link to register. 

30th December, 18:00-19:30 (CET): Building the Remote Team (Susanne Dranaz)

building remote teamsWorking together remotely in our teams has become the new normal, in academia and beyond. But what happens to team dynamics when chatting over lunch or having a word in private after the meeting just doesn’t happen unless you actually organize it?In this session, we´ll look at the following:


  • Team dynamics in remote teams – what is different?
    • How to help your remote research team develop, from a motivating
                                                                              kick-off to a meaningful touch-down session?
  • What can you do to create and maintain trustful working relationships
                 across distance?

We will run this session on a special tool suitable for online socializing. You can look forward to a dynamic and interactive session – and a great opportunity to connect with others!

 Susanne is running her own coaching/ consulting business Susanne Dranaz Beratung


Please follow this link to register for this event.

2nd January, 19:00-20:30 (CET): Finding a job in the Pharmaceutical sector (Jochen Bergmann)

Finding a job in the Pharmaceutical sectorThe pharmaceutical sector is a huge field with myriads of opportunities for natural scientist, but how do you identify the right one? What are typical job profiles and what do the fancy abbreviations that you see in the job ads stand for?

In this session, we’ll look at

  • the different players in the pharmaceutical sector and the drug development process
  • knowledge and skills that are seen as mandatory and those that help you to stand out
  • career opportunities for the lab-averse and those who don’t like paperwork


In order to participate, please follow this link (no registration required)

3rd January, 20:00-21:30 (CET): Have fun and feel connected (Marloes ten Kate)

co-funder of Scientific Storytelling. Have fun and feel connected Do you want to enjoy an online session having fun, playing some lighthearted games and get to know your peers a bit better? Then this session might just be what you need! We will mix exercises for meaningful conversations with silly online games. We are all a bit lonely now, sitting at home. So let’s get connected and start the new year with a smile.

 Marloes is co-founder of Scientific Storytelling


In order to register, please use this link.

Who we are

All trainers are from the NaturalScience.Careers team, except for Dr. Jochen Bergmann, who joins us as a special guest.


Dr. Jochen Bergman Dr. Jochen Bergman has studied Food Chemistry at the University of Würzburg and earned his PhD in Natural Product Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. Jochen then started out his career at the lab bench of an analytical service provider, analyzing everything from food to dietary supplements to pharmaceutical products and moving more and more from bench to desk. In 2014, he switched employers – and changed his lab coat for a nice suit: Since then, he works in Sales, currently leading a team of Sales managers for expert analytical services for the pharmaceutical industry. Jochen is active as a mentor, e. g. within the German Chemical Society’s CheMento and the TU Munich mentoring program.