Speakers attending the Women's Careers and Networks Symposium 2021


Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Erin Schuman
    Director at Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany | Professor for Biology at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Eva Pellicer
    Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain


Session Speakers:
Session 1: Perseverance
The aim of this session is to draw inspiration from different journeys of determination and perseverance, and to understand how professional and personal transformations can contribute towards achieving success. Our speakers will share personal stories about lessons learnt, obstacles faced, and choices made in order to reach important career goals.


  • Prof. Dame Frances Ashcroft
    Professor, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, UK

  • Dr. Emma Camp
    Discovery Early Career Researcher (Australian Research Council) | Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia | Co-founder, Coral Nuture Program

  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Garfinkel
    Professor of Clinical and Affective Neuroscience, Brighton | Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

  • Karen Dolva
    CEO and Co-Founder of No Isolation, Oslo, Norway


Session 2: Resilience
It is critical to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that one can encounter when establishing a career in academia, especially those that can impact the balance between our personal and professional life. Our speakers will explore the positive and negative aspects of gender differences in academia, as well as the impact of family and partnerships on career-related decisions through scientific data and personal experiences.


  • Prof. Dr. Alessandra Minello
    Assistant Professor of Demography, University of Florence, Italy

  • Prof. Dr. Lucia Melloni
    Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Department of Neuroscience, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Dr. Caspar Schwiedrzik
    Head of Perception and Plasticity Junior Research Group, Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory, German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany | Independent Group Leader, Neural Circuits and Cognition Group, European Neuroscience Institute, Göttingen, Germany


Session 3: Versatility
Exploring the diverse paths taken by scientists from different fields can give us a better perspective of the potential versatility of our future career trajectories. Our speakers will talk about the personal and professional factors that led them to their current career paths, emphasizing on avenues explored and decisions made.



  • Dr. Radhika Patnala
    Founder and Director, Sci-illustrate, Munich, Germany

  • Dr. Noushin Delmdahl
    Head of Product Development - Lab Consumables, Sartorius, Göttingen, Germany

  • Dr. Catharine Young
    Executive Director and Chief Foundation Officer, Shepherd Foundation | Co-founder, Blueprint International & Supper with a Scientist



Panellists