Presentations

Monday February 27th 2017

Ina Drejer, Associate Professor

Where do they go?

Ina Drejer, Associate Professor, AAU

Ina Drejer presents this survey that investigates the whereabouts of graduated PhDs from AAU’s Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Ina Drejer is Associate Professor of innovation studies with a particular emphasis on impact and policy relevant analyses at Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University. She is a member of the IKE Research Group, which has a 40 year long tradition for studying innovation and industrial dynamics, and is the head of the IMPAKT Centre for Impact Analyses of Investments.

Careers and competences of PhD graduates 

Annette Rasmussen, Associate Professor, aau & Karen EGEDAL ANdreasen, Associate Professor, AAU

What characterizes career paths of PhD graduates from Humanities and Social Sciences at Aalborg University? How do they use PhD competences in their careers? This is the focus of a qualitative study, which will be presented by Annette Rasmussen. The study is based on interviews with PhD graduates whose backgrounds and narratives illustrate the rich variety of career paths and competences in use.

Annette Rasmussen is Associate Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. Her research expertise lies within policy, ethnography and sociology of education

Karen Egedal Andreasen is Associate Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. 

 

PhD Employability

Vibeke Broe, PhD Career consultant, Aarhus University

Vibeke Broe has four years of experience as career consultant for PhDs at Aarhus University. In this presentation she will talk about PhD employability. Being employable and thus knowing what skills and competencies you can bring to a new job is often very challenging for PhD students, who find it difficult to see how they can translate their research experience into experience relevant for other contexts. So what does it take for PhDs to be employable? What skills do PhDs develop and which skills do employers value? These questions and more, is what this presentation will cover.

Omar do Nascimento, Coloplast

FROM ACADEMY, TO PHARMA, TO MEDTECH, TO... WHO KNOWS?

OMAR DO NASCIMENTO, AAU PhD, Scientific manager, COLOPLAST

Omar do Nascimento, who now works as Scientific Manager at Coloplast, will share bits of his eclectic professional career steps.

Jens Hausted, CEO, Danish Coastal and Nature Tourism

Arbejdsgiveroplæg om erfaringer med brug af ph.d.-kompetencer og kvalifikationer

Jens Hausted, Direktør, Dansk Kyst og Naturturisme

Ph.d.-kompetencer er efterspurgte også i mindre organisationer. Oplægget vil give eksempler på opgaver inden for analyse, udredning og netværk løftet af ansatte med en ph.d.-baggrund og indeholde refleksioner over styrker og svagheder ved ph.d.’ers kompetenceprofil. Dansk Kyst- og Naturturisme er en erhvervsdrivende fond, som har til formål at udvikle og skabe vækst i kyst- og naturturismen i hele Danmark i tæt med  kommuner, regioner og turismeerhvervet

 


Vibeke Normann Andersen, Analyse- og Forskningschef v. KORA KORA – arbejdsgiver for Ph.d.er (Presented in Danish)

Vibeke Normann Andersen, Analyse- og Forskningschef, KORA (Det Nationale Institut for Kommuners og Regioners Analyse og Forskning)

Vibeke Normann Andersen er kandidat fra AAU, statskundskab, og ph.d. fra Syddansk Universitet, hvor hun også var ansat som lektor og institutleder, inden hun skiftede branche. Vibeke vil kort fortælle om sit eget karriereforløb forløb og dernæst dele sine erfaringer som leder ift. ansættelse af ph.d.-dimittender.

Mads Lindholm, erhvervspsykolog og PhD fra Aalborg Universitet

Fra PhD til selvstændig (presented in Danish)

Mads Lindholm, AAU PhD, erhvervspsykolog og Partner i konsulentvirksomheden WICE.

En undersøgelse har vist, at jo højere uddannet man er, des sværere er det at starte egen virksomhed. Men er det virkeligt så vanskeligt? Hvilke overvejelse skal man gøre sig? Og hvordan kan en baggrund som PhD bruges til i den sammenhæng?

 

 

Poul Toft Frederiksen, Principal Scientist, GrundfosWhat does it take for a PhD to succeed in an industrial environment?

Poul Toft Frederiksen, Principal Scientist, Grundfos

PhD’s have contributed significantly to technical breakthroughs at Grundfos. Breakthroughs that, in turn, contribute to solutions to major societal challenges. What does it take for a PhD to succeed in an industrial environment? Which parts of the PhD training are essential – and which do you need to discard?
Poul Toft Frederiksen is Principal Scientist at Grundfos, member of the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF |FTP) and of the Think Tank of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.

Christina Grann Myrdal, former PhD and Postdoc at AAU, Aalborg Municipality

Why a PhD makes good sense in the “real world”

CHRISTINA GRANN MYRDAL, AAU PhD, Environmental Consultant, AALBORG MUNICIPALITY

The specialization in the PhD can open doors and be the foundation for getting a great job. For Christina it started as a project employment and it is now a permanent job in Aalborg Municipality. In this presentation, Christina will talk about her process from academia to an amazing opportunity and job working with sustainability in collaboration with companies, citizens, and organizations. Furthermore, Christina will discuss how the “real world” is not necessarily so different from academia as PhDs might think when they graduate.

Christina Grann Myrdal, former PhD and Postdoc at AAU, works as an Environmental Consultant at Network for Sustainable Business Development, Aalborg Municipality.

Birgitte Schjær Jensen, Former industrial PhD at AAU, works as head of Social Services, Copenhagen MunicipalityFra erhvervs-Ph.d. til leder i offentlig virksomhed

Birgitte Schjær Jensen, AAU PhD, works as head of Social Services, Copenhagen Municipality

Oplægget vil omhandle mine erfaringer og overvejelser undervejs i Ph.d. forløbet om karrierevalg – valg/fravalg ved at gå den vej – hvad betyder Ph.d. baggrund i et lederjob, herunder hvilke transfer kompetencer et Ph.d. forløb giver til et lederjob – og hvad er det for en platform en Ph.d. tilfører lederjobbet.

Claus Skaaning, serial entrepreneur, AAU PhD, CEO

FROM AAU PHD TO SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

CLAUS SKAANING, AAU PhD, SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR AND CEO, SALES ON TAP

Claus Skaaning has started up a number of companies, most recently Sales on tap and CS Consult.

Claus will talk about how his PhD launched him into a career outside the university with a focus on innovation and business.

Reimer Ivang, Serial Entrepreneur, Associate Professor, Head Of The Ibc Group

READY FOR THE LONG HAUL!

REIMER IVANG, AAU PHD, SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, HEAD OF THE IBC GROUP

Reimer Ivang will present how he capitalizes on the competences developed during his PhD, both in relation to academia but also in entrepreneurship.  

Reimer Ivang is cofounder of the company ‘Better world’ – maker of sustainable leather jackets produced by recycled leather and associate professor at Aalborg University. Reimer has from the early PhD-years collaborated intensively with companies and created several successful companies alongside his academic career. 

Tuesday February 28th 2017

Caroline Wigren, Lund University

Entrepreneurship as gendered phenomenon

Caroline Wigren, SENIOR LECTURER, Lund University

Caroline will talk about entrepreneurship as a gendered phenomenon. She has the perspective that both entrepreneurship and gender are socially constructed phenomena – we associate entrepreneurship with certain characteristics and attributes as well as we associate being a man or woman with certain characteristics and attributes. This might create consequences when it comes to career paths. In this session Caroline Wigren gives her view on the matter.

Janne Jul Jensen, Senior User Experience Architect, Lego

FROM AAU TO LEGO: TRANSFORMING A RESEARCHER INTO AN INDUSTRY RESSOURCE

JANNE JUL JENSEN, AAU PhD, SENIOR USER EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT, LEGO

Making the transition from academia to the industry can be hard. At least that’s what you hear time and again. But exactly why is that? What is it, that makes academia and the industry such completely different worlds? And to some, so incompatible?

This talk will be a completely unscientific tale of my journey from earning a Ph.D. in software engineering to a position as Senior UX Architect in LEGO Corporate IT, which will highlight what challenges we may face, as well as which advantages we have, coming from academia.

THOMAS FREDHOLM, PHD, HEAD OF RISK MANAGEMENT and JESPER JUNG, POSTDOC, Neas

From AAU to NEAS Energy

THOMAS FREDHOLM, AAU PHD, HEAD OF RISK MANAGEMENT, Neas Energy & JESPER JUNG, AAU PhD, POSTDOC, Neas Energy

Neas Energy is a knowledge intensive energy trading and management company based in Aalborg.

Neas employs several PhDs within natural science, math, and economics.

Meet Thomas Fredholm, PhD in Economics from Aalborg University, and Jesper Jung, PhD in Physics from Aalborg University, and hear about their job at Neas and their transition from academia to a career in the private sector.

Rui Wu, Vestas

From International PhD to Vestas

RUI WU, AAU PhD, Power electronics engineer, VESTAS

Pursuing a career in the industry is definitely a good choice when PhD fellows want to search for career paths outside academia. This presentation will share a personal story of how to begin an industrial career after the PhD study. The presenter will share some personal experience, for example, how to prepare for the industrial career during the last part of PhD study, how to choose a desirable job based on the expertise, as well as how to apply the research skills in an industrial company.

Rui Wu received the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in 2015. He is currently a Power Electronics Engineer in Vestas Wind Systems A/S, which is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy.

Read about Rui Wu

Thomas Arildsen, Associate Professor AAUTransferable skills training for PhD students

Thomas Arildsen, Associate Professor, AAU

Aalborg University is participating in the three-year Erasmus+ project "PEP-UP" to develop a workshop for PhD students to become aware of and acquire the necessary transferable, or "soft" skills required when working in industry. When many of the PhD graduates encounter the work environment outside academia, they often find that a wider set of skills is expected of them compared to their PhD studies. This project has identified a set of important such skills with an emphasis on engineering PhDs. We have developed a one-week workshop for PhDs around this skill set. This workshop format is being tested with two classes of PhD students in 2016 and 2017. Hear about the workshop format and contents, our experiences from the so far conducted workshops, and the future of the project.

Jesper Thinnesen, External Lecturer AAU, and André Bjørn Nielsen, The Careers Centre AAU

The Creative Platform

Jesper Thinnesen, External Lecturer AAU

André Bjørn Nielsen, The Careers Centre AAU

This workshop will introduce The Creative Platform, which is a model for idea development and creativity that was developed at Aalborg University. Through the creative process humans develop their ability to be themselves - thus freeing their commitment and ability to participate with all their knowledge, without restrictions of academic, social, or cultural character. The same process that leads to radical innovations will enhance self-esteem and thus the joy of participation by each participant. In the workshop you will gain knowledge about the The Creative Platform and get challenged on your own abilities to exercise lateral thinking within your field. Jesper Thinnesen has a background within Innovation and Entrepreneurship and holds a degree from The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. André Bjørn Nielsen is a certified facilitator of “The Creative Platform” and is a career consultant at AAU Career.