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Industry and Innovation Days 2023

The sixth Industry and Innovation Days, March 17 and 18, 2023, finally live again, were a great success!

We started on Friday morning with insights on the Entrepreneurship Journey – first from the perspective of Prof. Olga Belousova, Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Groningen, then filled with health science aspects by Dr.  Michaela Arndt, CEO of Heidelberg ImmunoTherapeutics GmbH. Afterwards, listeners gained a deep insight into presenting skills during Colin Bennett’s Psychology of Persuasive Presentations.

During lunch the participants addressed the representatives of Uni Heidelberg’s resources for young researchers and entrepreneurs (heiINNOVATION, the Graduate Academy and Science Value GmbH) and of the local science & innovation networks (Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim, BioRNEIT Health and NEXT Mannheim), and received answers to their questions concerning anything from course & workshop resources to patenting or starting up their own business.

They learned how to build and improve their network in The Science of Networking by Dr. Lenka Kyjacova, Molecular Health GmbH, before industry representatives gave short talks to provide a perspective on their work and company activities in the Industry from the Inside session. There were again lively discussions, time for networking and questions during dinner.

The second day of the event was dedicated to Career Perspectives. During the interactive Round Table Session, participants received insights on what it takes to develop a successful career both inside and outside the academic environment.

We thank all participants for the vibrant energy and motivating atmosphere!

Highlights in 2023 included

Friday, 17 March

  • Morning: Focus on entrepreneurship and presentation skills
  • Lunch: Meeting representatives of the
    Graduate Academy
    Science Value GmbH
    EIT Health
    NEXT Mannheim
    Health and Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim
  • Afternoon: The Science of Networking and Insights from Industry (Start-Up to Big Pharma)
  • Evening: Networking with Industry representatives and fellow researchers

Industry from the Inside Session

Saturday, 18 March

  • Morning: Perspectives from diverse career paths and the possibility to ask questions: from academia to industry, medical technology to consulting

Career Perspectives Session

Speakers and Guests

Further information

Find all schedules and information about the speakers as pdf downloads on the right.

The Industry and Innovation Days 2023 were kindly supported by the Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim as well as the International Master in Innovative Medicine and ThermoFisher Scientific.


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