Great interest in new networking and career day

Around 200 students, researchers and representatives from the business community met on Friday 28 September on the Department of Bioscience networking and career day, BIO Match. See the photos from the day here.

2018.10.09 | Lea Laursen Pasgaard

Stakladen at Aarhus University was the setting for the BIO Match networking and career day. Photos: AU Photo/Melissa Yildirim

Stakladen at Aarhus University was the setting for the BIO Match networking and career day. Photos: AU Photo/Melissa Yildirim

Associate Professor Hans Røy gave a presentation about his collaboration with Dong Energy Oil & Gas.

Associate Professor Hans Røy gave a presentation about his collaboration with Dong Energy Oil & Gas.

Both researchers and students participated in the networking and career day.

Both researchers and students participated in the networking and career day.

Researchers and representatives from the business community queued up to give a one-minute madness-presentation to the other participants.

Researchers and representatives from the business community queued up to give a one-minute madness-presentation to the other participants.

After some inspiring presentations, the participants were able to network at the stands or over a bite of tapas.

After some inspiring presentations, the participants were able to network at the stands or over a bite of tapas.

Stakladen was filled to the brim when the Department of Bioscience on Friday 28 September brought together representatives from the business community, researchers and students on a new networking and career day at Aarhus University.

Through inspirational presentations and networking at stands during the day, the participants learnt more and talked about the possibilities for collaboration between industry, research and education.

Curious students

“At the event, we spoke with a large number of students who were interested in writing their Master's theses or conducting an industry collaboration project with us. We very much hope that these talks will develop into more than just talks. Only by working together we can conserve and develop nature,” says Anna Gudrun Worm, who is project and landscape manager at Thy National Park.

Thy National Park is one of the more than 20 companies, organisations and foundations that participated in this year’s BIO Match. According to the legislation, one of the purposes of the national park is to strengthen research and teaching of the area’s natural resources. Therefore, Anne Gudrun Worm sees BIO Match as a good opportunity to get in touch with researchers and students who might be interested in the nature in Thy.

“We are definitely interested in participating again another time. Maybe next time we can also sow the seeds for more research-oriented projects,” she says, referring to the possibility of entering into partnerships with the department's researchers.

Ideas and specific contacts

Associate Professor Tove Hedegaard Jørgensen also participated in BIO Match. As representative of the Education Committee she gave a presentation about guest lectures and the master's degree course “industry collaboration project”, where students are able to undertake a long-term collaboration project with a company, an organisation or an authority.

“I think that the setup was very successful and allowed the students to get in direct contact with potential partners for industrial collaboration projects and Master's theses. It is gratifying that so many students took an active part in the day and afterwards indicated that their participation had been rewarding in the form of ideas and actual contacts,” she says.

Broad representation of researchers

It is the department's Business Committee that took the initiative to the event, and its chairman Annette Bruhn is pleased with the excellent meeting.

“The day was even more successful than expected. There was a good and informal atmosphere and a loud buzz of conversation at the stands. It was great to see so many students, but it was particularly encouraging to see many researchers from the different sections of the department. This bodes well for our future collaboration with the business community,” says Annette Bruhn, who also hopes to see representatives from government agencies and municipalities at the next BIO Match event.

The Executive Committee from the biology students’ Degree Programme Committee also participated in the planning of the day, and President Maria Strandgård Rasmussen is very pleased with the event.

“There were several interesting presentations and ample opportunity for students wishing to draw in a business-oriented angle in their study to contact companies and some of the more administrative parts of the university,” she says.

See more photos from BIO Match 2018

See the list of participants in BIO Match 2018

Translated by Anne Mette Poulsen

Department of Bioscience, Alumner, Public / media, Staff