Growing Up in Academia

An Honest Conversation Series About Becoming and Being a Researcher

What is it to be a scientist or scholar? Growing Up in Academia is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers. It focuses on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV.”

Each event features an open conversation (interview) with a different faculty member, representing the broad spectrum of academic life. We will cover topics such as dealing with expectations (your own and others’), the role of luck/coincidence in scientific discovery, impostor syndrome, procrastination, and conflicts with advisors. Join us for a conversation about the human factors that universally inform the profession, but that too often remain unspoken. Each event will be hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics).

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Growing Up in Academia with Ida Momennejad

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, November 29, 2021, 6 p.m. Growing Up in Academia features Ida Momennejad, senior Reinforcement Learning researcher at Microsoft Research NYC.  Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.

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Growing Up in Academia with Fredrik Ullén

Building a Career Between Science and Music

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, November 1, 6 p.m. 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Fredrik Ullén, Director of the Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.

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Growing Up in Academia with Joyce Poon

The Importance of Integrity

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, October 18, 5 p.m. 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Joyce Poon, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.

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Growing Up in Academia with Taufik Valiante

It’s Not a Story When You’re in the Middle of It!

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, September 20, 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Taufik Valiante, Director of the Surgical Epilepsy Program at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, Director of the Center for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA) and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The online application for this event is Zoom Webinar.

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Growing Up in Academia with Daniela Sammler

The French Connection

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, February 22, 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Daniela Sammler, Research Group Leader Neurocognition of Music and Language at our Institute (MPI for Empirical Aesthetics).

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The online application for this event is Zoom Webinar.

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Growing Up in Academia with Rosanne Rademaker

Sticking With It Through the Mess

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, April 19, 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Rosanne Rademaker, Marie Curie fellow University California, San Diego (USCD), Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and soon-to-be Max Planck group leader

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The online application for this event is Zoom Webinar. 

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Growing Up in Academia with Asifa Akhtar

Optimism, Perseverance and Passion

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, March 22, 2021, Growing Up in Academia features Asifa Akhtar, Director at the MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg and Vice President of the Biology and Medicine Section in the Max Planck Society.

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The online application for this event is Zoom Webinar. 

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Growing up in Academia with Karen Zentgraf

Busting Sports Myths with Endurance and Dedication

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, September 21, 2020, Growing Up in Academia features Karen Zentgraf, Professor for Movement and Exercise Science at Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The online application for this event is Zoom Webinar. 

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Growing up in Academia with Yee Lee Shing

Memories of a Memory Researcher

What does it mean to be a scientist or scholar? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different stages of their careers focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. On Monday, February 17th, 2020, Growing Up in Academia features Prof. Dr. Yee Lee Shing, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt.

Hosted and presented by Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.

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Growing up in Academia with Moritz Helmstaedter

Not your „classical“ career...

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing Up in Academia with Melissa Vo

Steering Aircraft vs. Steering Research Projects

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Academia with Tatjana Tchumatchenko

Hard Work Alone Is Never Enough

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Academia with Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann

When life gives you Latin, make music out of it.

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Academia with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

From Physics to Zebrafish (with a Nobel Prize along the way)

What is it to be a scientist or scholar? How do I become one? “Growing up in Academia” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Science with Erin Schuman and Gilles Laurent

A Love Story. With Brains.

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Science with Jeremy Wolfe

How a summer job turned into a career in visual research

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing Up in Science with Christian Fiebach

Love at second sight for a career in brain sciences

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing up in Science with Wolf Singer

How a carpenter discovered his passion for neuroscience

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing Up in Science with Leon Deouell

He was going to be a physician but a patient with brain damage changed his path...

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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Growing Up in Science with David Poeppel

Director at the MPIEA, Professor at NYU, Graduate of MIT, passionate actor… Wait, what?!

What is it to be a scientist? How does one become a scientist? “Growing up in science” is a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”.

Presented by Lucia Melloni, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

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