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What does it mean to be a scientist? Why would you choose to be a scientist? What are the job possibilities if you think that an occupation in science is yours? These and other questions we would like to adress in our Career Development part of the symposium. By offering interesting material from various science experts and different angles we are aiming to highlight the plethora of possibilities that is opening up for everybody who wants to pursue a ‘career’ in science. The term ‘career development’ is related to many myths and promises and we try to uncover the ‘false hopes’ and bring you the reality of working as a scientist a little bit nearer. Among others we are featuring an exclusive interview with Prof. Dr. Tim Hunt who won the Nobel Prize 2001 for his outstanding discoveries of proteins regulating the cell cycle.

Stefania Bettini - Researchers in Europe: one profession, multiple careers
In her talk Stefania Bettini is highlighting the role of researchers for Europe. She is discussing not only the strengths but also the weakness of the European research system and how the European Union takes measurements to improve the system. Other topics of her talk are ‘The European Charter for researchers’ and the ‘Code of Conduct for the Recruitment’.
Uwe David and Victoria Reichl - Marie-Curie Actions
Funding for young scientists is another important issue which is adressed by Uwe David and Viktoria Reichl from the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations (KoWi) in their presentation about the Marie Curie Actions of the European Union. Have also a look at their accompanying web-article which summarizes the presented information. (Presentations only)
Tim Hunt - Interview
We are featuring an exclusive interview with Prof. Dr. Tim Hunt who won the Nobel Prize 2001 for his outstanding discoveries of proteins regulating the cell cycle. He explains how his career was building up and how the Nobel Prize impacted on his life and on his research work. (Audio only)
Seema Sharma - Alternative Careers
For people who are thinking about a career transition we highly recommend to have a look at the talk of Dr. Seema Sharma, who deals with the topic of alternative careers in science at her everyday work as the European Programme Director of Next Wave from Science Careers.org.
Lone Frank - Working as a Science Writer
Lone Frank is a science correspondent at Weekendavisen, a newspaper appearing weekly in Denmark, further she is author of scientific books. Here, Lone Frank presents her personal view of being a freelance writer.

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