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Growing up in Science

Growing Up In Science events are free-flowing, informal, and personal interviews with senior academic scientists, that are open to anyone, from MSc student to PI. They happen 3-4 times per year (one for each season!)

Growing Up in Science spring 2023

Who: Femke Maij
When: Thursday march 23, 2023, 16:00-17.00h (drinks afterwards)
Where: Trigon, Red room, Kapittelweg 29

Please join us for the next Growing Up in Science event of this academic year!

We are delighted to have Femke Maij in the interview chair to discuss her interesting scientific and personal journey, past and present. Come join us in the Red Room to hear about Femke's interesting journey, past and present.

We launched the "Growing up in science" series in 2016 to decrease a perceived gap between students, PhD candidates and more experienced scientists. Questions, such as "Do you have hobbies?", "Do you procrastinate?", "What do you like most about doing research?" will be asked and discussed during the event. The discussion is not supposed to be about scientific content or general career advice, but rather about the individual career, life and experiences of one scientist at a time.

Past Guis events

GUIS is neither about science nor about giving or receiving generic career advice, but about each interviewee’s personal path - the behind-the-scenes, whether generalizable or not. They will share their doubts, fears, failures, and difficult decisions, but also the great experiences and joy they have faced throughout your career. Specific topics that we discuss (but are not limited to):

  • How did you decide to do what you do?
  • What alternative careers did you consider?
  • How have you coped with feelings of insecurity? Felt like an impostor?
  • What regrets do you have - e.g. in running your lab, or on the professional-personal interface?
  • What is psychologically hardest about an academic career?
  • How do you accommodate different personalities in your lab?
  • How do you combine having a life with having a career?
  • … and any questions that you can think of to come and ask!

Have a look here if you want to know a bit more about the origin of this series at New York University.

Please email Hanneke den Ouden ( if you have questions for upcoming speakers, or suggestions of who you’d like to see on stage next!

Hanneke den Ouden & Alan Sanfey