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When: March 27-31, 2022

Where: Piešťany, Slovakia (Hotel Magnólia 4*, www.hotelmagnolia.sk)


Dear PhD. students,

Are you thinking about the next steps in your career?

Would you like to learn more about career opportunities in private sector?

Do you wish to develop skills that will help you enter the labour market successfully?  

Would you like to learn more about what are the expectations of employers?

Or what it would take to set up your own business?

Would you appreciate an opportunity to discuss these questions with experts and researchers having successful careers beyond academia?

The CARLiS Spring School is the right place to search for the answers to your questions.

The Spring School is aimed to provide PhD. students with an opportunity to explore different career paths in the life sciences, with emphasis on careers in private sector and develop the skills needed to follow those paths.

The agenda of the Spring School will offer a mix of lectures, talks and practical exercises focusing on four areas: (1) career strategies, (2) knowledge transfer, (3) entrepreneurship and (4) soft skills. It will also provide an interesting social programme and opportunities for networking. The whole event will be held in English.


Sunday, March 27th, 2022

We will start with the joint dinner at 18.00 and some activities to get to know each other.

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Basic training on how to communicate your ideas in different contexts (presenting yourself in job interviews, pitching your research). You will also gain insights into the life science sector in the region of Bratislava and Vienna and learn what the key skills employers seek are.

(The evening will be dedicated to career talks with researchers working in private companies.)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

We will start with basics of knowledge transfer and intellectual property rights. The afternoon slot will give you a chance to train your job search skills through mock interviews with HR specialist and get feedback to your professional CV.

(We have an interesting story ready for the evening.)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Further information about knowledge transfer and intellectual property rights.

Opportunities to explore your entrepreneurial spirit and learn what it takes to transform idea to impact.

(Free evening programme).

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Intro into the scientific entrepreneurship as a possible career path.

(After the common lunch at 1.00 p.m., departure of participants will follow.)


  • to be a PhD. student within the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU)
  • carrying out respective study in life sciences or related study programmes and/or study programmes with potential application/outreach in life sciences sector;
  • interested in exploring career paths beyond academic sector;
  • enrolled in any year of your studies, but preferably in the 2nd year and higher;
  • having a good command of English (B2+ according to CEFR).


A deadline for submitting applications to the STU Rectorate in Bratislava is 3 March 2022. For more details please contact project managers at the Department of Research and International Scientific Cooperation:

The STU is entitled to nominate up to 6 participants for the Spring School. The selected candidates will be contacted with further details.


Participation in the Spring School is free of charge. Accommodation for 4 nights in the Hotel Magnolia 4* in Piestany (single room per participant - www.hotelmagnolia.sk), catering (full board), joint bus travel costs – before/after the event from Bratislava to the venue and back will be covered by the project.

It is expected that participants will stay for the whole duration of the Spring School and take advantage of the full agenda.

Participants will receive the certificate of participation/accomplishment.


CarLiS Spring School will take place on-site and requires physical attendance of participants. In order to comply with the pandemic preventive measures and the currently valid regulations for organising collective events in Slovakia, the participants need to meet preventive requirements described in our leaflet.


The Spring School is one of the activities of a bilateral Slovak-Austrian project entitled Careers in Life Sciences (CARLiS) within the programme of cooperation Interreg V-A Slovak Republic-Austria 2014-2020 (www.sk-at.eu).

The project aims to contribute to improvement of doctoral (PhD.) education and better collaboration between the academic and business sectors in the region of Vienna-Bratislava. This should be achieved through developing an inter-sectoral career training preparing PhD students for career paths beyond academia with specific focus on life sciences.  More information is available at https://carlis.saia.sk/en.