Career Options in Science Management by Thomas Koch

HR Development is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Koch will give an overview on
Career Options in Science Management 

  • Date: Monday, 4th of November 2019, 01:00 - ~ 03.00 pm
  • Location: Building 33 / big lecture hall 
  • Registration: Registration closed


Dr. Thomas Koch's speech addresses the challenges and perspectives of developing a career in science management. It provides a brief overview of the multi-faceted profession within the German research and innovation system, highlighting key players and stakeholders as well as important trends and developments. It also identifies the skills and competences required for science managers, typical entry-level positions, career development opportunities and expectations of employers. 

Key issues:

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of science managers?
  • Who employs science managers and why?
  • What skills and competences are expected of science managers?
  • How and where do I start a science manager?
  • What training and career development opportunities are there?

The speech will be followed by a facilitated plenary discussion on career development in science management.


Profile Thomas Koch 
Thomas Koch is a research management consultant and certified business trainer and coach. Holding a PhD in physical chemistry from the UK, he has over 10 years of international experience as a researcher throughout Europe and over 12 years of experience as a research manager and senior administrator at large German universities in Bochum (RUB) and Munich (LMU). His professional focus covers research strategy, external research funding, knowledge and technology transfer as well as early career researcher development.

In 2016 he started up his own consultancy, academic futures, to provide hands-on workshops and individual guidance for early career researchers to realize their research ideas and career objectives. He also supports higher education and research institutions in organizational development and research-related strategic initiatives.