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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!)

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, angsts, 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 & Alan

Past GUIS events
Summer 2015: Prof Ole Jensen
Prof Wei Ji Ma
Spring 2016 Prof Karin Roelofs
Summer 2016 Dr Floris de Lange
Winter 2017 Prof Pieter Medendorp
Summer 2017 Dr Mathilde Bonnefond
Summer 2018 Dr Erno Hermans
Autumn 2018 Dr Marike Schiffer