DKFZ Postdoc Program Online Seminars

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Join us online to find out about exciting research topics, the power of scientific collaboration, career paths in academia and industry, and much more.

It is easy to participate in one of our online seminars. You just need a computer with internet connection and a web browser. If you have a headset with microphone at hand you can ask questions directly to our speakers. Or you simply post your questions via the chat function on the online seminar platform and we will be happy to answer them during the online seminar.

20 April 2020 at 16:00 CEST

Postdoc Program Info & Discussion Session: Grant Writing in a nutshell

Research in the life sciences is increasingly expensive. Along with acquiring expertise in a particular scientific field and mastering relevant research methods and techniques, knowing how and where to obtain funding for research activities is thus one of the key competencies essential to being a successful scientist today.

The online information and discussion session on 20th of April 2020 brought DKFZ Postdocs together with the two joint heads of the Grants Office, Susan Kentner and Johannes Kapeller. They informed the young scientists about how to approach the identification of appropriate research funding programs and the writing of competitive grant proposals. After an introductory presentation participants were encouraged to ask their most burning questions which resulted in a lively interactive discussion.

Innovation Primer Series

Our current Postdoc Program Online Seminar series is shedding light on the innovation cycle and on entrepreneurship-related topics. Apart from providing basic information, our aim is to inform you about the "Dos and Don'ts" and about the various ways of receiving support from DKFZ. Our speakers introduce you to the concept of the innovation cycle and how you can make it work for you.

The online seminars provide you with ample opportunity to ask your questions to the speakers. In addition, we are highlighting DKFZ support structures for Postdocs and other young researchers who are thinking about founding their own business.

This online seminar series is only available for internal staff participation.

DKFZ Postdocs can view our recorded online seminars in our DKFZ Pocket Guide.

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22 January 2021 at 10:00 CET

Innovation Primer 3: "On the finishing straight – important considerations at the post-foundation stage"

The Postdoc Program Online Seminar Innovation Primer 3 is the third online seminar of the series on innovation and entrepreneurship, shedding light on the last step of the innovation cycle. We focus on the post-foundation steps of turning a product or startup idea into reality. Dr. Annette Deichmann, a DKFZ Alumna herself, provides insights in her own experiences of co-founding the start-up GeneWerk GmbH.


22 January 2020 at 17:00 CET

Innovation Primer 2: "Taking a look at the pre-foundation stage of your future business"

The  second online seminar of the series focuses on the (pre-)foundation steps of turning a product and/or startup idea into reality.



22 October 2019 at 17:00 CEST

Innovation Primer 1: "How to kick-start innovation, yourself!"

The first online seminar of the series focuses on the pre-foundation steps of turning a product and/or startup idea into reality.

Our speaker, Dr. Rainer Wessel has more than 25 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and life science sector. Since May 2019 he serves as Director Innovation Management at the DKFZ, where he contributes his network as Founder and Managing Partner of technology consultancies itechpartners & MIM Deutschland and as Venture Partner at EMBL Ventures (more information on the registration page).

Rainer is introducing you to the concept of the innovation cycle and how you can make it work for you.

29 November 2017 at 17:00 CET

Taking the next step in academia: perspectives from an international DKFZ Alumnus
During this DKFZ Postdoc Online Seminars, Paul A. Northcott talked about his current research focus and more specifically about his personal journey to becoming an independent research group leader. Paul has formerly been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Stefan Pfister at the DKFZ. In 2012, he was awarded the Roman Herzog Postdoctoral Fellowship, named after the former President of Germany. In starting his own lab in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, he mastered the transition from postdoc to principal investigator. His lab aims to fully characterize the molecular, cellular, and biological basis of medulloblastoma, one of the most prevalent types of malignant childhood brain cancer. Paul’s hope is that his combination of genomic and biological analyses will lead to a better understanding of the molecular and cellular origins of medulloblastoma and translate his findings to more effective treatments and improved outcomes for patients.

It was interesting to hear about the main challenges that Paul needed to overcome during his establishment phase.

At what stage do you start writing grant applications to get your own funding?

How do you go about attracting and recruiting the most talented co-workers to the lab?

Participants brought along their very own burning questions! Paul shared his insights with all participants and shed light on what are the most important things to consider when taking the next step.

20 June 2017 at 17:00 CEST


Dr. Jan Korbel, Group Leader and Senior Scientist, EMBL

Prof. Stefan Pfister, Head of Division Pediatric Neurooncology, DKFZ

The Medulloblastoma project – harnessing the power of interdisciplinary scientific collaboration

In the first DKFZ Postdoc Program Online Seminar Stefan Pfister (German Cancer Research Center) and Jan Korbel (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) shed light on their interdisciplinary research collaboration on Medulloblastoma (MB) – an embryonic brain tumor of the cerebellum. MB is among the most common malignant brain tumors diagnosed in children, yet the full spectrum and prevalence of genetic predisposition remains unknown. The two researchers demonstrated how they bring together the complementary expertise of their labs to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and to support the development of clinical guidelines for genetic counseling and testing. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session during which the participants could directly ask their questions to the speakers.

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