Career Day

The career day is one of the core activities of the ENABLE event and participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional future as young scientists. At ENABLE 2019 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 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.

Career chats

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 CEOs, consultants, editors or science communicators.

In small groups of 15-20 people, participants who will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the professional participating in that session.

To make sure every participant gets the chance to talk to the career chatter he/she would like meet, we take inspiration from the speed dating idea. Small groups of participants will have brief sessions with each professional. If you have additional questions for the career chatters, get in touch with them during the coffee and lunch breaks.


Workshops during the 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:

  • “Networking with Purpose” by Kate Jones (Vitae)
  • “Tell your Professional Story!” by Christine Taylor (Storycraft)
  • “Finding Your Strength(s)” by Ana Ferreira
  • “Your Next Step Outside Academia” by Monique Kropman, Gerda Nachtegaal, Shira Hurenkamp
  • “Designing Informative Studies and Publishing Null Results” by Daniël Lakens
  • “Find Your Funding” by Rachel van Swelm (Valorisation Radboudumc)
  • “The Secrets of Science Communication” by Lucas Sanchez (Scienseed)
  • “Attract Attention with Your Poster and Pitch” by Myrte van Hilten
  • “The Art of Presenting Science – Actors Skills to Make Most of Your Presenting” by Gijs Meeusen (Artesec)
  • “Researcher Wellbeing and Mental Health” by Kate Jones (Vitae)
  • “Secrets from a Reviewer – How to Get Your Paper Accepted” by Jos van der Meer

Job Fair

Where will the next challenge be in your career? The 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
  • Recruiting agencies
  • Editing/publishing companies
  • Academic organisations
  • Scientific Societies
  • Business schools

You can find a list of participating companies on our sponsorship website.