Career Day

The career day is one of the core activities of the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE events and participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional future as young scientists. At the 2023 FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE we will make sure to cover the aspects we believe are critical, especially in our career chats.

Participants will have the chance to broaden their horizons and expand their capabilities through three complementary career activities: insightful discussions with experts from different career paths in the alternative career chats section, workshops aimed at building new skills, and a job fair hosting potential employment options from the biotechnological, pharmaceutical, publishing, or communication sectors.

Discover alternative career paths in our Career Chats session

Career Chats overcome the classical format of career development round tables providing a more direct interaction between PhD and PostDocs and professionals that hold a PhD and moved beyond academic research, such as industry consultants, editors, patent lawyers, clinical safety managers, or science communicators. 

Each speaker will give a 5 minute presentation to all participants, and then will head to booths set-up at the opportunity fair. There, participants have the chance to ask questions and come into contact with the career chatter. This way, it’s more interactive and gives our attendants the opportunity to network and gather important information for the next steps in their career!


Workshops during the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE Career Day are intensive courses for small groups to help the personal and professional development of young researchers. Improve your transferable skills and achieve your professional goals attending the ENABLE workshops!

We will offer workshops about the following topics:

  • Providing evidence for the skills that stay with you 
    Jörg Stange | hfp Consulting
  • Overcome imposter syndrome for success and lower burnout risk
    Dr. Michaela Hoehne | Elanto Science
  • Research Canvas – Identify the application potential of your research
    Gateway, University of Cologne
  • Skills Canvas – Navigating Career Paths Beyond the PhD
    Gateway, University of Cologne
  • Biases in Science
    Niels Gehring | Biocenter, University of Cologne
  • How to identify and generate robust data?
    Prof. Dr. Martin Michel | University of Mainz
  • How to publish your work
    Valerie Teng Broug | Elsevier
  • How to make your lab more sustainable?
    Tomo Saric & Gamma Sustainability group of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne

Job Fair

Where will the next challenge be in your career? The FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE job fair will be a unique occasion for young and talented researchers to meet with companies and public organisations and build up constructive interactions with people from various life science sectors. Representatives will be present from:

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
  • Editing/publishing companies
  • Academic organisations
  • Scientific Societies

Here you can find a preliminary list of participating companies. More to come in the following weeks, stay tuned!