Young Investigator Network – University of Copenhagen

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Establish stronger relations between the business community and SCIENCE

Young Investigator Network

Establish stronger relations between the business community and SCIENCE

For the past four years, SCIENCE has organized coaching sessions for young scientists in order to strengthen their professional relations with private and public companies.

The initiative was launched in 2010 together with Managing Director at Novo Nordisk, Lars Rebien Sørensen and Head of Licensing & IP at Albumedix, Peter Horn Møller. The aim of the programme was to bridge the gap between the University and the industry. Both Lars Rebien Sørensen and Peter Horn Møller found it important to support young scientists who wished to engage in business collaboration, and together Lars and Peter took on the task of setting up this programme.

The programme is based on the concept that the participants are mentored in a specific case or challenged by experienced managers who work in industry. The aim of the programme is to help the participants create stronger and more valuable relations to external collaborators by giving them better insight into their own strengths and weaknesses.

New ideas and perspectives

The participants have each found different things useful. However, most of them have experienced intensive coaching from competent mentors, and that has given rise to new ideas and perspectives:

"The two managers were incredibly good at coaching. They gave feedback which I can use in my partnerships with the industry, but also at all other levels of my professional career", says Rosa Lopez from Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, who participated in 2015.

You can read more about former participants experiences in this link or hear what the two coaches Peter Horn Møller and Paul Cornillon thinks about the programme below

Paul Cornillon, General Mills (Former Arla Foods)

Peter Horn Møller, Albumedix