Starting with 26th April, we are going to cast an open webinar every Sunday at 5 pm GMT (7 pm CEST). The content will shape as we go and according to the participants’ wishes. For now, the sessions are planned for 90-120 minutes, and the program is as follows:

➣ Online meeting with a guest PhD who pursues a career in industry (45-60 min),

➣ Q&A “Ask us anything” session/open discussion (15 min).

Register now!

Incoming meetings

May 31st 2020

Leonardo Morelli, PhD

Leonardo Morelli works as Scientific Software Developer at Alten Nederland in Rotterdam since February 2020. Leonardo completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at La Sapienza University, Rome (IT). Then, he moved to Leiden, the Netherlands for his PhD program in Mathematics. Although he insists that his PhD research in Mathematics concerns how the “Hola!” waves at football stadiums propagate, his research employed highly technical mathematical tools both on the theoretical and on the computational side. Halfway through his PhD program, he decided to switch his career path to the industry world — yet still, it took him another couple of years to find a topic that he would be passionate about.

June 7th 2020

Ian Cameron, PhD

Ian Cameron works at the exciting interface between academia, entrepreneurship, industry, and society. Ian holds an impressive combination of positions: at the same time, he works as a coordinator at NeuroTech-NL, as a Domain Expert, Mental/Cognitive Health & Well-being, Precision Health & Nutrition, OnePlanet at OnePlanet Research Centre, a Senior Researcher at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, and a Senior Researcher at the Biomedical Signals and Systems, University of Twente. He is driven towards the societal applications from neuroscience and psychological research and brings management and entrepreneurial practices to academia. Ian enjoys working in multidisciplinary and team-based environments involving people from diverse organizations and backgrounds. 

Ian has an MBA from TIAS School for Business and Society, in the Netherlands, where he wrote his management thesis about the alignment of culture, structure, and strategy to achieve societal impact from research. Beforehand, Ian earned his PhD from Queen’s University, in Canada, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, both involving human neuroimaging and behavioral studies. 

As a researcher, he is interested in big-picture questions that connect neuroscience discoveries to clinical and societal applications. Specifically, Ian specializes in cognition and sensory-motor control in movement disorders, making use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and eye-tracking techniques.

June 14th 2020

Peter Lewiński, PhD

Peter Lewinski is a University of Oxford graduate with Postdoc/Assistant Professor in economics from the top business schools, with hundreds of citations and 8 years of experience in AI. He is a recipient of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. He is an ING Bank ex-director of the Credit Risk Modeling department and ex- London Mayfair Fintech associate. He is currently a management team member in four Amsterdam deep tech startups, driving sales/business development (earlier: R&D).

Past meetings

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Episode 5

May 24th 2020

Maciej Jedynak, PhD

Maciej Jedynak holds a PhD in Computational Neuroscience (Cum Laude), an MS diploma in Computational Physics (Cum Laude), and a Postgraduate diploma in IT systems design. Before his Master’s studies, he was also working as a Research Assistant at the University of Iowa. 

Maciej was never faithful to one single domain; during his studies he coauthored a publication on complex networks, only to move to the field of particle physics, where he did his Masters and stayed for one more year of PhD studies, working for CERN and BNL experiments. Being faithful to unfaithfulness he quit and moved to industry, where he earned a long track record of IT projects. In particular, he has years of experience in telecommunication companies where he worked as an IT Specialist, responsible for IT project development, from requirements analysis to maintenance on production.

Currently, Maciej works on human brain functional tractography at Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience as a postdoctoral researcher and a member of the Human Brain Project European collaboration. Why did Maciej decide to leave his well-paid and diverse job to embark on the PhD journey? What are, in his mind, the similarities and differences between the academic and the industrial life? Can we learn from him how (not) to navigate your career? Let’s find out!

Episode 4

May 17th 2020

Annika Rausch, PhD

Annika Rausch works as Data Scientist and Consultant at the IT service provider Ordina Netherlands. Before switching to industry, Annika studied Psychology at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, after finishing high school in Germany. She finalized her Bachelor thesis on the topic of motor learning in 2011. She also obtained a Minor in International Business at the University of Twente. Annika later started the two-year research Master Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen in 2011, where she specialized in functional connectivity fMRI analysis in Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2014, she continued working on this topic as PhD candidate within the European EU-AIMS LEAP project, where she developed a keen interest in data analytics and obtained her PhD title. Today, Annika supports clients of Ordina with their digital transformation and implements intelligent systems that help companies with, e.g., automated decision-making processes. She first got hired by the Nederlands Woning Waarde Instituut (NWWI) in January 2019 where she implemented and developed automated validation tools for property valuation reports. She just started her second assignment via Ordina with the Dutch national police in April 2020.

Episode 3

May 10th 2020

Claudio Corrao

Claudio Corrao is a Leadership and Team Performance Coach that focuses on creating healthier working cultures in startups and organizations. His goal is to foster a sense of meaning, trust, engagement, alignment, and creativity among team members and organizations as a means to achieve healthier work environments that lead to higher levels of employee satisfaction. Claudio conducts workshops on how to influence our minds to define our vision and how to use the inner motivators that push us forward and overcome the saboteurs that hold us back, with the final goal of gaining the results that we want. He has coached several startup founders on providing them with the clarity and strategic plan that they needed to bring themselves and their companies to the desired state. With a background in business management and leadership, Claudio is passionate about communication, human behavior, leadership, and organizational culture.

Episode 2

May 3rd 2020

Adriana Bankston, PhD

Adriana Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California (UC) Office of Federal Governmental Relations, where she serves as an advocate for UC with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. Prior to this position, Adriana was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), where she provided staff support for special and ongoing projects, including SfN’s annual lobby event and the society’s annual meeting. In addition to working at UC, Adriana also serves as Vice-President of Future of Research and is Chief Outreach Officer at the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. Adriana obtained her PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.

This webinar represents the speaker’s personal views and not the views of their employer, University of California.

Episode 1

April 26th 2020

Iwona Mochol, PhD

Iwona Mochol is currently a Senior NLP Engineer in Samsung Poland. In 2012, she completed her PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In her PhD, she was investigating propagation and radiative signatures of large-amplitude, nonlinear waves in relativistic plasmas around compact objects, such as black holes and fast-spinning neutron stars. Then, she moved to Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg where she worked as a Postdoctoral fellow. At that point, unexpectedly, she decided to quit the research career path and move towards industry. After attending an intensive data bootcamp in London, she moved back to her maternal country, Poland, where she started her adventure with data science. In this webinar, Iwona will tell us about her journey from theoretical physics through a startup job, to a corporate job.