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GUIS: Marike Schiffer

Dear all,

A new academic year, a new Growing Up in Science event! After popular request we are branching out and this time we will interview someone who is no longer in academic research. We will interview Dr. Marike Schiffer, Editor of Nature Human Behaviour, on

Monday September 24, 13.00 – 14.00 pm, Red Room (Trigon)
(note the unusual time and day)

In earlier versions, we heard from senior scientists at the Donders Institute about their winding career paths and life's flukes and decisions. But we all know that may researchers leave academic science at some point in their career. So where do they end up?

Here’s the official story of Marike’s career:

Marike received her B.Sc. in psychology in 2009 from Ruhr-University Bochum. She then started her PhD at the MPI for Neurological Research in Cologne (which no longer exists). She received a M.Sc. degree in Neuropsychology from the University of Maastricht in 2011 and finished research for her PhD almost immediately after, early in 2012! She then worked as a post-doc in Oxford, before starting her own lab at Brunel University. And then she became Editor for Nature Human Behaviour.

Curious why she made this choice? What decisions she faced? What doubts and struggles there were along the way? How she is enjoying her non-academic research career (spoiler: she still gets to go to conferences but doesn’t have to make posters!).

Come join us!

As always, you are very welcome (and encouraged!) to ask questions during the event, but if you feel a little shy to do so, please send questions you have in advance to Hanneke ( These questions will be strictly anonymized and asked by the moderators!

Looking forward to see you there,

Hanneke & Alan