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How can young researchers succeed outside academia?

The next Arqus Academic Debate is about career paths for young scientists outside academia. UiB's panelist is a PhD candidate from the humanities.

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These live discussions on the Arqus YouTube channel are meant to bring together researchers, students and experts within different topics.

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 A PhD degree used to be the first prerequisite to a career in academia. Now, young researchers may complete their thesis while launching a start-up business at the same time. “The Entrepreneurial Mind” is one that universities across the globe strive to foster both among students and scientists. But what does it take to become a successful CEO? Why is this goal even worth working for? And how does an academic training help you to reach it? 

This Arqus Academic Debate will unite entrepreneurial experts with the high potential that is now eagerly waiting to jump at the opportunity. It will highlight what qualities researchers need to have in order to succeed outside academia. And it will ask how society will benefit from scientists leaving their labs, libraries and computers for a while, because they are busy with business.

The Arqus Academic Debate Panel

Joanna Spyra, University of Bergen
PhD student at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion
Her doctoral project explores the relationship between Jewish ethnicity and philanthropy in interwar Argentina. Joanna graduated from Jagiellonian University and Cracow University of Economics, and most recently from Brandeis University. She is the current chair of Stip-HF, an interest committee for all the PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities at UiB.

Yafa El Masri, University of Padua
PhD student at the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World. Yafa El Masri is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Geographic Studies, in the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World at the University of Padua. She has a MSc in Local Development Studies from the same department. She has published Academic research on Solidarity among refugees and has worked for years with grassroots projects in refugee camps as well as with international organizations including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Valentin Joannet, Centre Entrepreneuriat Lyon Saint Etienne
Head of Start Up Deeptech
A graduate of ENSTA Bretagne, Valentin’s career has led him to develop a strong interest in technological innovation and support for entrepreneurs. He wrote a research thesis on entrepreneurial support in the preincubation phase. His mission is focused on the development of specific actions for doctoral candidates and young researchers, ranging from the entrepreneurship awareness phase to the detection of technology-intensive projects. 

Christian Hauke, University of Leipzig
Member of the SMILE initiative
Christian Hauke is working since 2011 at SMILE, the the start up service at Leipzig University. He is in charge of start-up promotion and technology transfer consulting for students and employees of Leipzig University. As a coach he is accompanying the young founders all their way, from the first idea till the establishment of the company, from being a researcher to getting a business man.  He has a special focus on supporting international students.

Bernhard Weber, Moderator
CEO of Unicorn, the University of Graz’s Innovation Hub and leader of the Arqus Action Line 5 (Entrepreneurial University and Regional Engagement) here in Graz. Bernhard has been involved in the entrepreneurial world for a long time, focusing especially on aiding scientists to transform their findings into a tangible business idea.