May 7, 2013 14:00 - 15:00
Empa, Dübendorf, AKADEMIE
We teach our students how to do science, but tell them little about what science is and how it shapes our view of us and the world. A science degree does not automatically make one a scientist. Becoming a true scientist takes years of motivation and reflection as well as an understanding of what science can offer and what it demands from us.
It will be discussed what science has given Prof. Dr Gottfried Schatz, what he considers to be important about it, and what he would do differently if he could start his research career all over again. He will also talk about what it takes to succeed in science and what our research organizations and universities should do to help young scientists launch their own career. Most of Europes universities still have a long way to go in meeting this goal and in adopting attractive and yet selective career structures.
Gottfried Schatz grew up in Graz. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Graz, he joined the Biochemistry Department of the University of Vienna where he participated in the discovery of mitochondrial DNA. After his postdoctoral work, he accepted a professorship at the Biochemistry Department at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
In 1974 joined the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, which he chaired from 1985 - 1987. His scientific achievements were honored by many prestigious international prizes, elections to scientific academies (including the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy) as well as honorary doctorates. From 2000 2003 he served as President of the Swiss Science and Technology Council.
The language of the presentation is English
Free entrance, guests are welcome