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Academia Meets Industry

The seminar series "Academia Meets Industry" aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile industry managers. In the seminars, the practical perspective of the guest speakers encounters the education and research priorities of the university and thus allows an unprecedented dialogue on opportunities and risks of current and future research developments in the life sciences.

As they encounter the complexity of real world challenges from multiple perspectives throughout their study program, the series is of particular interest to LAS students. Especially, but not only, students from the Governance and Life Sciences Majors have the opportunity to get insight into topics that researchers and practitioners are currently dealing with at the interface between academia and industry. Students are encouraged to critically reflect upon societal expectations, governmental responsibilities, commercial constraints, and the interests the different stakeholders have.

The next Academia meets Industry Seminar is on January 30, 2020

With her talk "Transform a World of Data into a World of Intelligence" Annette Green (Vice President DACH, at SAS Heidelberg) will provide the input for the upcoming Academia meets Industry Seminar. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider (Prorektor für Digitale Transformation)

Academia meets Industry Green

When? January 30, 2020 17.00 (c.t.)



Contact information

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Borner
Institute of Molecular Medicine and Cell Research
+49 761 203-9624 (Office)

The seminar series is jointly organized and hosted by


For more information on the format, please read the interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Borner in the Badische Zeitung on March 14, 2018.

Past Seminars

Academia meets Industry  Dr. Eckes

Dr. Peter Eckes (President of BASF Bioscience Research/Regional Research Representative, North America)
"New Frontiers in the Chemical Industry"
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Rollberg
July 18, 2019

Academia meets Industry Hoerr 2019

Dr. Ingmar Hoerr, MBA (Supervisory Board Chairman of CureVac AG)
"RNA, 3 D Printing and Mass Data: Not a vision but reality"
Moderator: Dr. med. Helmut Laaff
January 28, 2019

Academia meets Industry Dr. Lauk

Dr. Michael Lauk (Chief Executive Officer Neuroloop GmbH, Freiburg)
"Starting without Ending: Insights into 20 years of founding and managing Life-Science Start-ups"
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz
July 11, 2018

Academia meets Industry Lund-Jürgensen

Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen (Executive Vice President and President of Pfizer Global Supply at Pfizer Inc., USA)
"Working in a Global Pharmaceutical Company: Expectations and Opportunities"
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Borner
March 14, 2018

Academia meets Industry Fehrenbach

Franz Fehrenbach (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH)
"Chancen und Herausforderungen der digital vernetzten Wirtschaft"
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Rollberg (WDR/Arte)
May 16, 2017

Academia meets Industry Knaebel

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel (Chairman of the Board, Aesculap)
"From Ideation to Innovation"
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Rollberg (WDR/Arte)
January 30, 2017

 Academia meets Industry Krech

Dr. Rüdiger Krech (World Health Organization)
"Global Governance for Health – The Role of the WHO"
Moderator: Franziska Badenschier (Science Media Center Germany GmbH)
June 22, 2016

Academia meets Industry Barner

Prof. Dr. Andreas Barner (CEO Boehringer Ingelheim)
"Business and Ethics"
Moderator: Dr. Dieter Russmann (Vice President CS, Parexel International)
February 15, 2016

Academia meets Industry Pfundner

Dr. Hagen Pfundner (CEO Roche Germany)
"Beyond Health & Profits"
Moderator: Alfred Schmitt (SWR Wirtschaftsredaktion)
July 16, 2015