Science Meets Business

Our Dialogue brings together doctoral researchers and a leading expert from the world of business for an informal exchange on current career issues and social developments over lunch.

What does Dialogue offer you?

This annual format offers you the opportunity to discuss current career-relevant topics and trends in business and society with a distinguished personality. You will also gain first-hand insight into the activities, strategies and decision-making processes of well-known companies and institutions.

The informal and rather personal setting of the meetings allows for an intensive discussion. Please bring your questions with you! The participating business representatives are very much interested in an open dialogue and in your individual opinion.

Who can participate?

The event is aimed at doctoral researchers of all disciplines of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. As we would like to provide you with a chance of a personal contact to our guest, we limit the number of participants to 20 persons.

The event is usually conducted in German, but you are welcome to participate with questions in English.

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Kalender IconNext date: The next Dialogue will take place on 22 April 2024 from 12-14 h with Dr. Simone Kunz, Board Member of VIACTIV. Registration is now open until 15 April 2024.
Location: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Beckmanns Hof (Im Lottental 88a, 44801 Bochum) Note: The venue Beckmanns Hof is located near the campus of the Ruhr University Bochum and can be reached by car as well as by public transportation. You will receive directions after registration with your confirmation of participation. 

Alles auf neu? Lösungsansätze für die Herausforderungen des Arbeitsmarktes

Die Arbeitswelt und der Arbeitsmarkt entwickeln sich rasant. Dabei stellen der demographische Wandel, der Fachkräftemangel und die Technologisierung Unternehmen vor große Herausforderungen.

Tauschen Sie sich mit Dr. Simone Kunz, Vorständin der VIACTIV, dazu aus, wie und mit welchem Personalentwicklungskonzept sie diesen Herausforderungen entgegentritt. Diskutieren Sie Fragen wie:

  • Kompetenzen? Lebenslauf? Zeugnisse? Wonach richten sich die Einstellung und die Personalentwicklung?
  • Welche Rolle nimmt die Diversität in der Personalentwicklung ein?
  • Wie sieht eine nachhaltige Personalentwicklung aus?

Das Format ist ein informeller Austausch im Rahmen eines gemeinsamen Mittagessens. 

You can register via the following link until 15 April 2024:

(To provide you with a comfortable registration process, we work with our service partner, eveeno. eveeno works in accordance with the basic EU data protection regulation (DSGVO). Your data will not be passed on to third parties and will only be processed by Research Academy Ruhr/RUB Research School).

Topics and Guests:

2022: "Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten in politisch relevanten Handlungsfeldern" (Guest: Dr. Dirk Günnewig, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)
2020: "Arbeitswelt 4.0 – Wie verändert die Digitalisierung die Arbeitswelt?" (Guest: Michael Guggemos, Managing Director Hans Böckler Foundation)
2019: "Fach- oder Führungskarriere?" (Guest: Dr. Uli Paetzel, Chairman of the Executive Board at Emscher­genossenschaft/Lippeverband)
2017: "Von der Universität ins Wirtschaftsleben" (Guest: Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt, Chief Innovation Officer at Evonik Industries AG)
2016: "Karriereentwicklung in Unternehmen" (Guest: Rick Johnson, Director ROG Finance and Member of the Management Board at BP Gelsenkirchen)
2013: "Führungsqualifikation erwirbt man nicht am Schreibtisch" (Guest: Thomas Sattelberger, former Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director at Deutsche Telekom AG)
2012: "Geld ist für die Menschen da!" (Guest: Thomas Jorberg, Spokesman of the Board of GLS Bank)
2010: "Industriefeindlichkeit in Deutschland" (Guest: Dr. Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board at EVONIK Industries AG and President of the German Chemical Industry Association [VCI])
2009: "Corporate Responsibility of Companies" (Guest: Dr. Uwe Frank, Chairman of the Executive Board at BP Deutschland AG)


If you have any questions about the Dialogue, please contact:

Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
RUB Research School
FNO 01/146
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-27109