The NaturalScience.Careers team: For scientists, by scientists
For our soft skills workshops for scientists, we have built a team of trainers who combine their science backgrounds with teaching and facilitation experiences.
Trainers with a science background
Together, we bring experiences from a wide range of STEM fields to the table: chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, computer science and mathematics. Having the same background as our course participants makes our workshops and talks very relatable and relevant for the professional life of scientists.
Our trainers live in Germany, the Netherlands, and the USA. We work with customers worldwide:
Dr. Karin Bodewits
Dr. Karin Bodewits comes from the Netherlands where she studied Biology. After spending some time at Puleva Biotech in Spain and Unilever in China, she completed a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2012, she founded the successful company NaturalScience.Careers, a seminar and talk provider for natural- and life scientists. In this function, she became book author, short story writer, speaker and seminar leader and published a wide range of career and soft skills related articles in magazines like Chemistry World and Naturejobs.
Dr. Philipp Gramlich
Dr. Philipp Gramlich has studied and researched chemistry (>3000 citations, Google Scholar 2022) at five universities in Germany, Australia and Scotland. He gained experience in industry, first at baseclick, a biotechnology start-up and later at Eurofins Genomics as Teamleader R&D, QC and Analytics, being responsible for up to 22 staff. Since 2016, he is fully focusing on his work as co-founder of NaturalScience.Careers. He specialises in seminars and talks about career development, leadership and presentation skills.
Since 2016, he regularly writes career columns for Nachrichten aus der Chemie.
Together with Karin, he set up the NGO turfvrij, with which the two are trying to make a real-life impact with science communication.
Prof. Dr. Max von Delius
Dr. Lisa Steinhauser
Dr. Lisa Steinhauser brings along rich experiences from four different companies. She worked in the areas of pharma research, food analytics and analytical instruments for multina-tionals as well as SMEs. She took a variety of roles, from product manager and sales manager to a position as team leader for nine co-workers in a pharma company. All of these experiences enrich her seminars and coaching work 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
David Giltner, PhD, has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.
David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need and It’s a Game, Not a Formula, and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.
Susanne Dranaz is German and Turkish. Born and raised in Munich, Germany, she studied German and English Language, History, Mathematics and Computer Science. During her studies she led several development projects in Central America carried out by volunteer university students. After writing her diploma thesis in Oviedo, Spain, she joined an IT company, where she led software development projects for several industries in Germany and the UK.
Her experiences with differences in both company and national cultures increased her interest in peopleware. She became a softskills trainer, moderator, mediator, and coach. For the last 20 years she has been helping companies and teams, university students and leaders to refine their communication and conflict resolution skills, to reflect on their own cultural imprints and attitudes and to work successfully across differences and distance.
Prof. Dr. Sven Hendrix
Prof. Dr. Sven Hendrix worked in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Hamamatsu (Japan) and Boston (USA) as medical doctor and researcher. After his habilitation at the Charité in Berlin in 2007, he became full professor for anatomy and cell biology at Hasselt University in Belgium in 2008.
As Director of the Doctoral School for Health & Life Sciences he supports more than 100 PhD students and postdocs.
As Vice Director of the BIOMED Institute, he supervises the career development of tenure track professors among other tasks.
Marloes ten Kate
Marloes ten Kate is a presentation coach and expert in science communication. She trained hundreds of international scientists in getting their story across in an effective, clear and appealing way. She specializes in storytelling skills for scientists. She worked as a science journalist and presenter at several science radio- and television programmes in the Netherlands. At Lecture, a lecture company for academics, she guided speakers in crafting oral presentations for lay audiences.
Marloes has a bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated cum laude at the Dutch university of Groningen in Science Communication.
Dr. Johannes Richers
Dr. Johannes Richers holds a doctorate in chemistry and a master’s degree in science marketing. He is a guest lecturer at the TU Berlin and TU Munich and gives talks and seminars on the topic of visual science communication. He supports top level scientists with his design work, e.g. for their cover pages.
Erik den Boer
Erik den Boer studied biology at Wageningen University for four years. Then he developed into a film and television director specialising in making films and television programs, mostly about nature and science. For about a decade, he has trained scientists to present themselves and their research in various visual formats like short films or clips. His work-shops range from short and concrete formats like “Create an engaging social media film with your phone” to complete filmmaking courses.