Young Investigator Alumni

Concept and participants

An alumni association of past participants has been set up to facilitate continued discussion between young researchers across the faculty and to contribute to cultural development with respect to external collaboration.

Young Investor Alumni focuses on sparring ideas related to problems and challenges experienced by young researchers within their external collaborations, inspiration and competency development in relation to external relations, etc.

The network is limited to researchers who participated in the young investigator programme. Upon completing the programme, they are automatically invited to join network activities.


The Young Investigator Alumni meet about 3 times a year. Network participants take turns planning meeting theme content, including deciding which internal and external speakers to have. 

Previous meetings

28 February 2017: Establishment meeting. Speakers: Dean John Renner and case and pitch presentations by YIN alumni

6 June 2017: The successes and challenges of engaging in research collaboration from a corporative perspective - come and hear the story from the “other side”. Guest speakers and panel participants: Harry Barraza, Arla Foods, Dorthe Lybye, Rockwoll and Peter Horn Møller, Albumedix

13 November 2017: SoilTracker – from idea to successful collaborative project funded by the Danish Innovation Fund. Guest speakers: Anders J. Hansen, the Natural History Museum and Martin Simonsen, Qiagen-Aarhus

4 April 2018: Career transitions – from professor to CEO. Guest Speaker: Kurt Stokbro, Synopsis Inc

30 May 2018: Career transitions – from industry and back to academia. Guest speakers: Anna Haldrup, FOOD and Henning Otte Hansen, IFRO. 

21 November 2018: Commercialization of Inventions. Commercialization is not only a part of the industry but also an embedded part of being at a university. Learn about rights to inventions, commercialization of inventions, If I want to start my own company, if I get rights to my invention back. What is the role of the Tech Transfer Office and how can they help me. Be introduced to patents – from A to Z. Guest speaker: Niels Lysholm Engelhard and Hanne Junker Elmelund from the central Tech Trans Office at UCPH.

6 December 2019: From Science to Management Consulting. Meet McKinsey & Co. The consulting firms seem increasingly interested in hiring candidates with a research background, including life sicence backgrounds. As a researcher the consulting world might seem intriguing, however, a consultant position might seem like a very different and generic career path coming from a specialized research position. In this meeting, we delve into this theme. Guest speaker: Josef Christensen, McKinsey and Company