DKFZ Postdoc Program 20+19 Webinars

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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 webinars. 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 webinar platform and we will be happy to answer them during the webinar.

Innovation Primer Series

Our current Postdoc Program Webinar 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 webinars 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 webinar series is only available for internal staff participation.


22 January at 17:00 CET

The upcoming second webinar of the series will focus on the (pre-)foundation steps of turning a product and/or startup idea into reality. The third webinar will pay particular attention to the post-foundation stage.

This webinar series is only available for internal staff participation.

Please register here:    

Participation is free but we ask you to pre-register online in order to be able to provide you with information on how to access the webinar platform.

After you registered, we will contact you closer to the webinar date via e-mail with more information about how to access the webinar platform.  

We are looking forward to meeting you online for the next webinar!


22 October at 17:00 CEST

DKFZ Postdoc Program Webinar – Innovation Primer 1

This first webinar of the series is focusing 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 will introduce 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 Webinar, 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

Date: 20 June 2017


The Medulloblastoma project – harnessing the power of interdisciplinary scientific collaboration

In the first DKFZ Postdoc Program Webinar 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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