Women's Careers and Networks

Our Aim


The aim of WoCaNet is to increase young female scientists' awareness of their own potentials and opportunities by providing an interactive environment and networking possibilities.



The Story so far...


In winter 2010, the idea was born to organize a symposium where female scientists come together with successful, renowned women of diverse professional background (including academia, industry, science journalism and politics) to profit from their experiences and to discuss different career options.


During the one-day symposium, highly qualified PhD students and Postdocs (mainly from the life sciences) get the chance to explore different options and to establish contacts to promote their career path.


The program includes lectures and discussions, a career fair and an exclusive networking dinner in the evening. Due to its international character, the symposium is held entirely in English.



  • The first symposium took place on 3 November 2011. The diverse agenda not only provided insight into how women can achieve a leadership position, but presented different life and career concepts.

    For more information about the program and speakers 2011, please have a look here.



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    Group picture in front of Max Planck Institute in November 2011




  • On 6 March 2013, the symposium brought together successful women in science and beyond. Interactive talks and discussions were followed by an inspiring networking dinner in the evening. Additionally, the team had introduced some exciting new ideas like a career fair and a podium discussion.

    More information about the program and speakers 2013 can be found here.



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    WoCaNet group picture in March 2013



    The two symposia were organized by PhD students of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).


  • In 2014, GGNB students have once again teamed up to take the Women's Careers and Networks Symposium to new heights. This time, they joined forces with Postdocs from the University and the Max Planck Institutes in Göttingen.

    On 20 November 2014, 180 participants attended the third WoCaNet symposium at MPIbpc with inspiring talks, a career fair, a workshop, a Lean In discussion and a networking dinner.

  • For more information on the program and speakers 2014 have a look here and here.



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    WoCaNet group picture in November 2014



  • In 2016, the fourth symposium took place on two days, 25 and 26 February. It was a successful event with 190 participants who enjoyed one workshop day and one day with talks, a Lean In discussion, a career fair and a networking dinner. It was organized by PhD and PostDoc students from the University and the Max Planck Institutes in Göttingen.

    More information about the program and speakers 2016 can be found here and here.


  • WoCaNet group picture in February 2016




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