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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 March 14, 2018

With her talk "Working in a Global Pharmaceutical Company: Expectations and Opportunities", Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen (Executive Vice President and President of Pfizer Global Supply at Pfizer Inc., USA) will provide the input for the upcoming Academia meets Industry Seminar. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Borner.

Academia meets Industry Lund-Jürgensen
  • When? Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 17.00 (s.t.)
  • Where? Lecture Hall Weismannhaus, Albertstraße 21 a


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

Past Seminars

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. Dieters 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