Dr. Ferdinand Esser, MBA
Scientific Coordinator of Early Career Researchers (Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs) of the ICBM

November 2018

Speaker: Dr. Maren Zark

Background: Marine Geochemistry / Analytics at ICBM

Position: State Office of Criminal Investigation, Bremen

April 2017

Speaker: Dr. Maike Teschke

Background: Scientific Management

Position: German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn

March 2015

Speaker: Dr. Till Manning

Background: Scientific Management

Position:Lower Saxonian Ministry for Science and Culture (MWK), Hannover

Fireside Chats

Insights into non-university job fields through fireside chats

The idea of this event series is to introduce a variety of different career perspectives for marine scientists of the ICBM especially outside academia.


We invite speakers who have a background in marine sciences or studied, worked at the ICBM and who are now successful working in fields other than science or academia. These can be people with a leadership, management position in industry, but also consultants, entrepreneurs, or federal ministry’s, people writing for science journals or working in science museums and similar.

Where and when?

The event takes place after work and outside the ICBM, to create an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Depending on the professional background, affiliation and position, the invited speakers are asked to give a brief overview about their activities in the job, various career steps they took to get this position and which qualifications (in particular transferable skills and competences) are required for this job. The participants get the chance to ask questions and have an informal discussion with the speaker.

The term “Fireside chat” refers to an informal meeting with a relatively small group of people who gather to talk about a specific topic in a friendly atmosphere. The term goes back to a series of thirty-one evening radio addresses given by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. Millions of people found comfort and renewed confidence in these speeches, which became known as the “fireside chats.”

Any questions regarding the “Fireside chat” can be directed to .

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