Growing Up in Science – Berlin

Throughout your scientific career, you might have faced struggles, detours, switching fields, or even failures. When you look around at your colleagues or your supervisors, you might think that their journeys in academia, not like yours, were smooth and straight forward. 

When we are asked to tell our career stories or submit our CVs, we focus on our achievements and success. This, no wonder will create an impression that struggling is rare in academia and the path to success is clear and straight. 

In Growing up in Science Berlin, we would like to present more honest stories about working in academia. In every talk, we feature a scholar's story focusing on doubts, struggles, detours, and failures throughout all career stages. In this series, we aim to examine in some depth and in the context of a broader narrative the hidden human factors of working and succeeding in academia.   

Growing up in Science was started in 2014 at New York University by professors Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini. Now it runs worldwide in many universities. We are glad to offer this series in Berlin too. 


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Thursday, June 24th, 2021 at 17:00-18:30h.

Growing up in Science – Berlin with Growing up in Science - Berlin with Tegan Armarego-Marriott

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Past Events

Growing up in Science – Berlin with Prof. Dr. Salvador Soto Faraco

Thursday, May 27th, 2021 at 17:00–18:30h.

Growing up in Science – Berlin with Prof. Dr. Salvador Soto Faraco

“My grades were too mediocre for applying for a PhD… The advice to travel and visit other labs during the PhD turned out to be excellent! … Destiny rewarded my foolishness.”

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Growing up in Science – Berlin with Dr. Nicolas Schuck

Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 17:00–18:30h.

Growing up in Science  Berlin with Dr. Nicolas Schuck

Growing up in Science – Berlin with Prof. Dr. Yee Lee Shing

Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 17:00–18:30h.

Growing up in Science – Berlin with Prof. Dr. Yee Lee Shing

"Academia is full of failures and doubts. Nevertheless, I want people to remember that being a scientist is a great job."

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Growing up in Science – Berlin with Prof. Dr. Christoph Harms

Online seminar on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 17:00–18:30h.

Growing up in Science  Berlin with Prof. Dr. Christoph Harms

“I explain my success by chance, luck, and ability to communicate.” (Read more)


PhD Tool Kit 101

Online series at the beginning of the winter semester 2020/2021

PhD tool kit 101

Various speakers

Your doctorate leads you onto a personal journey. You will start working on your reputation in science through different research projects and the submission of your own work. You might have the chance to attend amazing summer schools all around the world – both virtually and in person. But throughout your journey, there might be cumbersome and lonely times as well.

Within our online series “PhD tool kit 101”, we equip you with resources essential for your doctorate. Additionally, we kick-start your network as you will have the chance to meet and exchange with other new PhD students who are based in Berlin. Our tool kit embraces both mental health (e.g., mindfulness) and self-management (e.g., time and project management) aspects. Having learned from our own experience, we focus on topics that we consider of high relevance while pursuing this journey. Further, we want to give you the chance to meet, chat, and share experiences with us and your colleagues.

We offered the tool kit series at the beginning of winter semester 2020/2021. If you are eager to learn more contact us!


Motivation and Procrastination

Online seminar on Wednesday July 1st, 2020

Motivation and Procrastination

Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Desiree Dickerson has earned degrees in neuroscience and clinical psychology. She specializes in academic's and grad students' mental health as a professional counselor, where she advocates a better work-life balance in academia.

In this seminar, we learn about procrastination loops and how to recognize them. We also examine the thoughts underlying the discomfort that leads to procrastination.


Depression 101

Online seminar on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Depression 101 - What it is and how to survive it

Julian David Rolfes

Julian David Rolfes is a PhD student in the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim/Ruhr). In this seminar, he talks about what depression is and how to deal with it during your PhD.