The networking event for current and former mentees, mentors and collaboration partners of the Graduate Academy.

Social networking is an important aspect of successful career planning. In addition to our mentoring programs aimed at various target groups, we also offer a GRADUS-Lounge (formally MentoringLounge) twice a year for current and former mentees and mentors as well as collaboration partners. This provides numerous opportunities to establish and maintain relevant contacts.

GRADUS-Lounge „AI in Dialogue" in Cooperation with der Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

On June 27, 2024, starting at 3:00 PM, we warmly welcome our mentors, mentees, and guests to our GRADUS Lounge at the International Meeting Center 'Eulenhof,' located at Robert-Leicht-Straße 161, Stuttgart.

The upcoming GRADUS Lounge promises to be a special highlight in collaboration between the Graduate Academy and the renowned Baden-Württemberg Foundation, one of the largest operational foundations in Germany, established as a supporter of excellent research and innovation. With this joint event themed 'AI in Dialogue,' we aim to create a dynamic platform for lively discussions and the establishment of valuable connections between the mentors and mentees of our GRADUS mentoring programs and the fellows of the Elite Program for Postdocs by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. We cordially invite you to participate in this inspiring gathering and seize the unique opportunity. Thematically, we will focus on current AI issues in collaboration with our guests. Experience an engaging panel discussion on aspects such as ethics in AI development, the impact of AI on research methods, collaboration between research and industry, responsible AI research and technology transfer, liability, social implications, and the limits of AI. The discussion will be moderated by the award-winning journalist, speaker, and moderator, Eva Wolfangel. 

The discussion will be led by renowned experts:

• Jun.-Prof. Alina Roitberg, Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Stuttgart, Group Leader "Intelligent Sensing and Perception," member of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems, and Elite Program Fellow.

•  Jun.-Prof. Amrei Bahr, Institute for Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. Her focus areas include Applied Ethics, Artifact Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Technology. Amrei Bahr has been honored with the Communicator Award for innovative and forward-thinking science communication by the DFG and the Stifterverband. She is one of the founders of the university policy initiative 'Ich bin Hanna.'

•  Prof. Andreas Moring, International School of Management in Hamburg, author of the book "Artificial Intelligence and Intuition - Robust and Sustainable Decisions in Digital Workspaces."

• Dr. Michael Pfeiffer, Robert Bosch GmbH, Head of the Artificial Intelligence Research (AIR) department, mentor in the GRADUS Mentoring Program.

We warmly invite you to register by June 10, 2024, and look forward to an inspiring dialogue. GRADUS Lounge Program June 2024 | "AI in Dialogue 



Our past GRADUS-Lounges

In a world where Zoom and Miro shape our daily work routine, remote work discussions polarize, and gorillas deliver the cod fillet for the evening 'Dinner for One,' Prof. Dr. Maximilian Lude impressed us on December 12, 2023, with his extensive insights into innovation, transformation, and the future of work. His thoughts on 'Fit for the Future, Prepared for Companies – From Cod Fillets to Metaverses' expanded our perspectives and prompted us to contemplate the challenges and opportunities of the evolving work environment.

Especially intriguing was his focus on contextual competence, crucial in a time when technologies like TikTok, AR, and AI influence our world. Engaging with questions about the future, companies, and personal preparation motivated us to find solutions together. A heartfelt thank you, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Lude, for the valuable insights and inspiring impulses!

Program GRADUS Lounge December 2023 | Fit for the Future, Prepared for Companies.

The GRADUS-Lounge on Thursday, July 13, 2023 was a special one. We organized it in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, one of the largest operational foundations in Germany, and we expect as guests fellows of the Elite-Program for Postdocs of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

For a keynote speech, we have won Professor Hans-Hennig von Grünberg. Professor von Grünberg is the holder of the Chair for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the University of Potsdam, Chairman of the University Alliance for SMEs, and winner of the award for University Manager of the Year (2017). His work focuses on the topic of "Transferring Knowledge and Innovation from Research to Practice."

Program GRADUS-Lounge July 2023 I Transferring Knowledge from Research to Practice (in German)

In the GRADUS-Lounge on December 20, 2022, in the beautiful premises of the International Meeting Center at the University of Stuttgart / Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Universität Stuttgart - Eulenhof focused on astute communication and directed our attention to the success factor - credibility. With one of the most renowned speakers in the field of communication, Stefan Häseli, we expanded our communicative competence in the following areas:

  • Living different roles: How to reach your counterpart internally
  • Communicating uniquely well: Creating better relationships
  • Professional or private life: Achieving more credibility with the right communication

Program GRADUS-Lounge I Success factor - Credibility (in German)

The GRADUS Lounge on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 started at 6:00 pm at ARENA2036 on the Vaihingen Campus. We were very excited to host this networking event in cooperation with ARENA2036 and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENI)

Program GRADUS-Lounge | Driving Innovations

In the GRADUS Lounge on December 2, 2021, Dr. Simone Burel, researcher and successful managing director of LUB GmbH - Linguistische Unternehmensberatung, has been our guest. She spoke about how networking works in hybrid times and its potential. Dr. Burel reported on her experiences at the interface between science and business and provided valuable insights, tips and tricks into the hybrid form of network building and maintenance in various online communities.

The second GRADUS-Lounge took place on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, where the topic “The Art of Leadership” was presented by Mrs. Kathrin Keune. Many guests were in attendance, including new mentees and mentors of the LiveScience Mentoring-Program 2020 Cohort, as well as current and former mentees and mentors.
Mrs. Keune, founder and CEO of Artsbased Solution, is a counselor, expressive arts therapist and mezzo-soprano. As a coach, she accompanies professors of German universities, leaders of the Max Planck Society as well as companies in questions of leadership, corporate development and professional communication. The artistic methodology provides the central framework for finding new and surprising solutions.
Participants were invited into a "community art process". Closely guided by Mrs. Keune, they used their space at home to approach the topic through artistic play. By getting into motion and using the mind and body, thought-provoking impulses emerge that would otherwise not be possible.
Attendees learned that good leadership means first and foremost to be self-aware and to remain capable of acting in any situation. Participants had the opportunity to experience and sharpen their own understanding of leadership and their own style.

The first digital GRADUS-Lounge took place Friday, June 26, 2020. Former and current mentees, mentors and guests were invited to learn about Impostor Syndrome from our keynote speaker, Mrs. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ute Gietzen-Wieland.
Mrs. Gietzen-Wieland has been working as a personnel consultant, career coach, potential diagnostician and management trainer for well-known national and international personnel and career consulting companies for over 20 years. In 2015, with the official permission of Prof. Dr. Pauline Rose Clance (Georgia State University, Atlanta), she translated her English language questionnaire "Clance Impostor Scale" into German.
With the guided expertise of Mrs. Gietzen-Wieland, attendees were able to understand what Impostor Syndrome is, received tips on how to overcome this feeling and learn that everyone experiences this at some point in their life, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, status, profession, etc.

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Ekaterina Deckers


Coordinator Mentoring Programs

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