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.

We cordially invite you to our next GRADUS Lounge on December 12, 2023, starting at 6:00 PM, at the International Meeting Center of the University of Stuttgart - Eulenhof, Robert-Leicht-Straße 161, 70569 Stuttgart. Together with our guest speaker, Dr. Maximilian Lude, we will explore the question: 'Fit for the Future, Ready for Business - From Haddock Fillet to Metaverses: What do companies expect from you, and how do you shape the future?' Please note that the presentation will be in German. In keeping with our tradition, we provide you with the opportunity to network with mentors, mentees at all career levels, and guests from the business, science, and society sectors. Further details can be found in our program. We look forward to your participation and kindly request your registration by November 27, 2023.

Our past GRADUS-Lounges

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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