Career Real Talk for Researchers

Our conference helped participants to

  • envision a clearer path towards future success,
  • manage expectations about immediate next steps, and
  • make their voice heard.

While the topics were relevant for researchers everywhere, we focused on the German research system.

Agenda & Recordings

DAY 1: June, 16 

3:00pm – Opening-Session

A Honest conversation with our guests about career myths and challenges, good and bad advice, hands-on tips and their ideas for a better system.

View recording here (YouTube)

4:45pm – Community Exchange

  1. Myth busting: What to expect as a (new) Group Leader/Professor (in the German system)
  2. Myth busting: Grants & Publications
  3. Myth busting: Careers beyond Academia

6:30pm – Wrap-Up

View recording here (YouTube)


DAY 2: June, 17 

3:30pm –

  1. Dealing with Discrimination & Power Abuse
  2. Good Mentorship: Finding Mentors, being a Mentor
  3. Navigating Politics as a new Group leader/Professor (focus Germany)

5:00pm – Wrap-up / Lessons Learned

View recording here (YouTube)

Want more details? Here is our full agenda:

Honest exchange with peers and experts

Our speakers were peers and experts who know about the challenges of the (German) academic system first-hand. They openly shared their experiences and learnings, and were also there to listen the audiance’s ideas and suggestions.

We hope we could create a competition-free safe space with and for people who need some real talk.

Learn more about the background of our speakers here:


Recordings and Summaries

We recorded the Opening (coming soon) and the Wrap-Up Sessions DAY 1 and Day 2 for you.
You can find the all recordings our GSO YouTube Channel. Also, we will share summaries and insights on twitter, LinkedIn. Please follow us there, if you want to keep in touch with us.

Our Partners

The tbh-conference was made possible by funding from the foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

The idea was supported by Max Planck Society.

Our media partner was Elephant in the Lab.


The German Scholars Organization (GSO) has been supporting researchers who want to build a career in Germany for 20 years. Our mission is to empower researchers to use their full potential despite a system full of challenges.