Since 2008, the Young Investigator Network (YIN) has been representing excellent young scientists at KIT and supporting their networking and advanced training. YIN members are responsible for research projects, manage working groups, and teach at KIT. The 5th anniversary of YIN will be celebrated on Saturday, October 12, 14 hrs, at the Audimax on KIT Campus South. The podium discussion with prominent representatives of science and industry will focus on careers in the German science system. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to come to the YIN Day 2013.
The keynote speech will be made by YIN alumna Professor Katja Schmitz, Head of the Biochemistry Working Group of TU Darmstadt. She will speak about “Molecular Tools for the Manipulation of Leukocytes.” Subsequent podium discussion will focus on “Karrieren im Dschungel des deutschen Wissenschaftssystems” (careers in the jungle of the German science system). The discussion participants will be KIT President Professor Holger Hanselka, President of the German Rectors’ Conference Professor Horst Hippler, KIT Vice President for Research and Information Professor Detlef Löhe, Max Planck Director and Nobel Prize winner Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Human Resources, and Director of Labor Relations of Daimler AG.
KIT wishes to attract top-class young researchers, above all in the areas of engineering and natural sciences, from all over the world and to offer them excellent working conditions. As a central instrument to promote young scientists at KIT, the Young Investigator Network (YIN) was established in 2008. Presently, it has 59 members. This self-administrated organization is to give the young scientists a platform to represent their interests to the KIT board and other bodies as well as to political institutions and the public and to promote their networking and further personal development.
YIN members have access to a comprehensive advanced training program qualifying them for executive posts in research, education or industry. This includes workshops on university education, project management, staff management, and other issues as well as a comprehensive coaching and mentoring program designed by YIN together with the Staff Development Service Unit of KIT.
The YIN members are responsible for research projects funded by third parties in various areas, often in cooperation with industry partners. As they head working groups, they also are responsible for staff. In addition, they make major contributions to education at KIT. YIN is unique in Germany and meanwhile has become one of the distinctive features of KIT.
The YIN Day 2013 will take place under the auspices of the former KIT President Professor Eberhard Umbach and the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science Theresia Bauer.
Program of the YIN Day 2013
Saturday, October 12, 14 to 17 hrs, KIT Campus South,
Welcome and Presentation
Heike Mund, radio and TV presenter, TV author, lecturer at the
Institute of Journalism of TU Dortmund
Professor Holger Hanselka, President of KIT
Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe
Five Years Young Investigator Network: Past and Future
YIN spokespersons: Dr. Bastian Rapp and Dr. Katja Träumner
“Molecular Tools for the Manipulation of Leukocytes”
Professor Katja Schmitz, YIN alumna and Head of the Biochemistry Working Group of TU Darmstadt
Award of Certificate
Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt, KIT Vice President for Human Resources and Law
“Karrieren im Dschungel des deutschen Wissenschaftssystems”
Professor Holger Hanselka, President of KIT
Professor Horst Hippler, President of the German Rectors’
Professor Detlef Löhe, KIT Vice President for Research and
Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Max Planck Director and Nobel Prize Winner
Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Human Resources, and Director of Labor Relations of Daimler AG
Musical program by the band Belém+
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