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Upcoming Alumni Events:

New Event: Career Lunch Talk - Insights into career paths during lunch break

Invitation to Career Lunch Talk #2 on 27/05/2021 // 12:00 -  12.45 Uhr with Boyana Deneva

Career Lunch Talk #2 ©Copyright: HZDR/sahneweiss

Our next guest is Boyana Deneva. She is an alumna of the Institute of Radiation Physics. As a specialist for waste disposal at BKW AG in Bern, she is currently working on the dismantling of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant in Switzerland. She studied technical physics with a specialisation in "radiation physics" at the TU Vienna, did her doctorate at the HZDR and worked in the development department of the proton therapy manufacturer Schaer Proton AG. The topic of the Career Lunch Talk #2 is "Women in male-dominated fields of work".

Please register for our online event held in English by sending an email to alumni@hzdr.de. After registering, you will receive the link and access to the meeting.

By Career Lunch Talks, we have come up with a new event to which the HZDR Alumni Network and the Postdoc Center HZDR-TUD jointly invite. The aim of the Career Lunch Talks is to provide our guests with insights into various career paths, to initiate contacts with personalities outside the HZDR and thus to further expand and build professional networks in a wide range of fields. At each event, we invite personalities with different professional and technical backgrounds to talk about themselves, their careers and their networks as well as to discuss current career topics with us.

Please note the upcoming date:

  • 24 June 12 pm: Michael Anders - Desk officer at the Saxon State Ministry for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture, Topic: Working between Science and Politics.

Previous alumni events:

Career Lunch Talk #1 ©Copyright: HZDR/sahneweiss

Career Lunch Talk #1 with Dipjyoti Deb on April 29, 2021

Our guest was Dipjyoti Deb, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen, a Bosch Group company. More than 30 interested participants listened to the interesting talk of the alumnus of the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research on the topic of career planning, start-ups and networking with companies.

Poster Alumni Talk 5 ©Copyright: HZDR

5th Alumni Talk with around 30 participants and livestream

The 5th Alumni Talk on Friday, 16 October 2020 at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) met with great interest. More than 30 participants listened with interest to the two speakers Dr Andreas Klossek (EIT Raw Materials) and Dr Dirk Sandmann (Erzlabor Advanced Solution GmbH). All those who could not come to Freiberg - also because of the measures to contain the Corona pandemic - had the opportunity to follow the alumni event via livestream from the HIF lecture hall.

The two former doctoral students from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology reported on their career paths and presented their companies. Afterwards, many questions were asked and the opportunity to network was taken advantage of.

Alumni Talk online 9. Juni 2020 ©Copyright: Sahneweiss

Alumni Talk 4 on June 9, 2020 as an online event for the first time

The 4th Alumni Talk was held as an online event for the first time on June 9, 2020. Over 30 participants dialed in using the meeting tool "big blue button" to hear the presentations by the two alumni. Pavel Apanasevich and Martin Arlit, two former doctoral students and recent alumni of the Institute for Fluid Dynamics, reported on their professional path after completing their doctorate.

Spin-off Alumni-Talk on 22nd Jan at Rotech. ©Copyright: HZDR/ M.Giebel

Spin-off alumni meeting at ROTECH

The third spin-off alumni meeting took us on January 22nd, 2020, to the Rossendorfer Technology Center (ROTECH) on January 22nd, 2020, at GeSIM - Gesellschaft für Silicon-Mikrosysteme mbH. Managing Director Steffen Howitz spoke very openly about the ups and downs in over 25 years of business. GeSIM was founded in 1995 and is one of the first spin-offs of the Rossendorf Research Center.

Business & Beer in Werkstätten Hellerau ©Copyright: HZDR

3rd Alumni Meeting "Business & Beer"

December 10, 2019

On December 10, former and current HZDR employees met in a relaxed atmosphere for the third-ever Business & Beer. In a presentation prepared exclusively for the HZDR alumni, Mr. Straub, Managing Director of Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, shed light on the history and the present day of the company. Mr. Kandt from the Department for Research and Development presented exciting examples from his everyday work: for instance, how new materials for luxury yachts are developed in cooperation with scientists. After this, the Czech food and beer in the nearby restaurant Prag tasted very good.

Transfer Breakfast ©Copyright: HZDR

Transfer Breakfast: Does open science block the way to exploitation?

November 18, 2019

Are open science and the commercial exploitation of research results mutually exclusive? Members of the HZDR staff gathered to discuss these question at the Transfer Breakfast on November 18, 2019.

Tobias Huste, who works in the field of computational science at the HZDR, was able to draw an important conclusion from the event: "The exchange with colleagues showed that it is worthwhile to at least keep an eye on the exploitation possibilities in the early stages of a project. As we discussed this topic on the example of scientific software development, it became clear that a sustainable software development process can significantly support the later exploitation process. Commercial exploitation does not rule out performing open science and vice versa".

The event was organized by the HZDR Alumni Network. The Transfer Breakfast serves to sensitize the participants to transfer topics, to generate new commercialisation ideas and to bind the HZDR employees to the alumni network at an early stage.

Alumni Talk III Poster - Picture ©Copyright: HZDR

Alumni-Talk III

September 24, 2019


1. Dr. Torsten Müller, Infineon Technologies

   Alumnus des Instituts für Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung

2. Dr. Jacob König-Otto, DREEBIT GmbH

    Alumnus des Instituts für Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung

Transfer After Work ©Copyright: M.Giebel

Transfer After-Work2 ©Copyright: M.Giebel

Transfer After-Work: Relaxed exchange of thoughts on transfer ideas

August 27, 2019

In a relaxed atmosphere with music and snacks, HZDR employees and scientists met for the first "Transfer After-Work". Away from the desk and the laboratory, about 20 interested people exchanged thoughts on transfer topics. How can the transfer culture be promoted at the HZDR? Do people have new transfer ideas? What kind of further education on transfer would be interesting for PhD students? These questions were discussed by the participants with the innovation managers of the department of Technology Transfer and Innovation. The next event is planned for autumn as a transfer breakfast.

2nd Alumni Meeting "Business & Beer"

July 10, 2019

Guided tour in the brewery "Brauhaus am Waldschlößchen"

followed by dinner in the restaurant Waldschlößchen                                                                                                                                                

Alumni-Talk 2 Poster

Alumni Talk II

January 10, 2019


1. Dr. Tobias Heinrich, Bayer AG

   Alumnus of the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research

2. Prof. Dr. Thoralf Gebel, Mittweida University of Applied Scinces

    Faculty of Industrial Engineering

    Alumnus of the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research

3. Tobias Seidel, Sunfire GmbH

   Alumnus of the Insititute of Fluid Dynamics

Business & Beer

1st Alumni Meeting "Business & Beer"

November 8, 2018

Guided tour in the Gläserne Manufaktur followed by dinner

in the restaurant Torwirtschaft at the Großer Garten


Alumni-Talk Poster

Alumni Talk

June 7, 2018


1. Hans-Ulrich Härting, BASF Schwarzheide GmbH

   Alumnus of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics

2. Constanze Richter, Sächsiches Landesamt für Umwelt, Wirtschaft und Geologie

    Alumna of the Institute of Resource Ecology

3. Eik Schiller, ROTOP Pharmaka GmbH

   Alumnus of the Insititute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research