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Practical dialogue on non-university career paths

Wirtschaftskolleg offers an annual platform to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers where you can meet distinguished representatives from business and society and learn about the many possibilities of a career outside university.

What does Wirtschaftskolleg offer?

Wirtschaftskolleg offers you first-hand information and insights on career opportunities in business and society. Enter into a dialog with a panel of UA Ruhr alumni and HR experts about a career outside academia after a doctorate. The invited experts talk about their individual experiences, challenges and exemplify possible non-university career paths and are pleased to exchange with you on career opportunities.

Wirtschaftskolleg begins with a short, thought-provoking kick-off speech for participants of all subject fields. Subsequently, parallel panels for the humanities and social sciences, life sciences and natural sciences, and engineering sciences are geared to the specific needs for each group’s career planning features.

Who can participate?

Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of all subject fields of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The official language at Wirtschaftskolleg is usually German. However, depending on topics and invited experts, exceptions are possible.

Save the date: The next Wirtschaftskolleg will take place online via Zoom on 23 November 2020.


Mon, 23 November 2020, 15.30–18.00 h (online via Zoom)

Talk about your questions regarding career chances and requirements as well as everyday work for a career outside academia. Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are welcome to discuss with UA Ruhr alumni and employees of e.g. innogy, Evonik, the Ministry of Transport of North-Rhine Westphalia and 3M at the Wirtschaftskolleg.

The upcoming Wirtschaftskolleg will start with an interdisciplinary kick-off speech on the compatibility of family and career. Subsequently, three parallel panels for the humanities and social sciences, life sciences and natural sciences, and engineering sciences will discuss more subject-specific questions regarding a career outside university. Please keep in mind, that the official language at Wirtschaftskolleg is German.

Please find details on the lecture and the invited panelists in the respective program PDF.


15.30 h
Lecture on the topic of compatibility of family and career by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anja-Kristin Abendroth (University of Bielefeld)

16.15–18.00 h
Panel discussions taking place in parallel:

Humanities and Social Sciences (Download program, PDF [in German])
Engineering Sciences (Download program, PDF [in German])
Natural and Life Sciences (Download program, PDF [in German])

Organizational details

[Updated on 15 October 2020] Due to current developments, the Wirtschaftskolleg will take place online via Zoom. After successful registration, we will send you the access link in good time. Please sign up for this year's Wirtschaftskolleg by 18 November 2020.



Please register here for this year's Wirtschaftskolleg: https://eveeno.com/wirtschaftskolleg2020.

The registration deadline is 18 November 2020.

In order to provide you with a comfortable registration process, we work together with our service partner eveeno. eveeno works in accordance with the basic EU data protection regulation (DSGVO). Your data will not be passed on to third parties and will only be processed by Research Academy Ruhr/Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


If you have any questions about Wirtschaftskolleg, please contact:

Annegret Kunde and Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
RUB Research School
FNO 01/141 resp. /146
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28179 (Annegret Kunde)
+49 (0)234 32-27109 (Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu)