AI and Robotics are the Future & Work Skills are Changing

Everyone seems to have noticed the changes. The ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, as it is called, aside from all the excitement, is also challenging us to redefine work skills.

“To take full advantage of these opportunities, we need to spend time reflecting on how we can adapt our skill-sets to meet the changing skills mix required of our future selves. The World Economic Forum’s set of reports on future skills suggest that the STEM workforce of 2030 will not only require technical skills, but also strong so-called ‘soft skills’, including emotional intelligence, negotiation, building relationships, and complex problem-solving.
In other words, in a more automated world, we can ‘future-proof’ ourselves by focusing on those skills that make us uniquely human.”

The WISE Conference in May 2019 has the theme “Our Skills, Our Future”. WISE asked professionals what is changing in terms of STEM skills and the future of STEM in general.

You can find their comments here:


Webinar: STEM Careers and Skills of the Future – Careers in Computer Engineering

The STEM Alliance is offering a very interesting webinar to guide teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers in better understanding their possibilities within the STEM field. Speaker Gonçalo Abreu, Managing Partner in MakeWise (Obidos, Portugal) will inform viewers regarding his own career and life path as well as sharing his own personal experiences in Terms of personal development, ranging from his life as a Student to becoming an entrepreneur.

His insight regarding recent changes in Technology and vital skills and competencies can be valuable to anyone looking into a career in computer engineering.

“Date & time: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 18:00 – 19:00 CET.

Description: The purpose of this webinar is to give teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers an understanding of careers which can be developed in the STEM field, specifically in the IT and cybersecurity industry. Our speaker Gonçalo Abreu, Managing Partner in MakeWise (Obidos, Portugal) will talk about his career and life path, sharing his insights on different stages of his personal development, from being a student and employee to becoming an entrepreneur. He will also talk about how technology is changing the way we work and the skills that are vital to thrive in the future companies.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about STEM careers; the careers existing in tech companies, the study path to follow, key skills needed, possible places of employment, and teaching materials to support you in advancing your learnings from the webinar.” (STEMAlliance)

Registration link:

Further Information:

Call for Applications: International PhD-Position in the Field of “Heart Failure”

The International Research Training Group 1816 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) offers a structured international 3?year doctoral programme jointly educating natural scientists and physicians/medical students in the field of “Heart failure”. The programme is organized by the Heart Center, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen together with the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, King`s College London.

The Training Group offers an excellent research environment, a comprehensive

curriculum and a broad supervision and mentoring network. Students will conduct part of their projects in one of the partnering laboratories in London.

The International Research Training Group 1816 (Director in Göttingen: Prof. Dr. Dörthe M. Katschinski, Prof. Dr. Susanne Lutz, Director in London: Prof. Dr. Ajay Shah, Prof. Dr. Manuel Mayr) is planning to award up to


                 12 PhD positions (PhD track; Dr. rer. nat.)


                                               Project start: April 1st, 2019


Eligibility criteria PhD track (PhD or Dr. rer. nat.):

M.Sc. in basic sciences or equivalent or Graduation (Dr. med.) from Medical school


Further eligibility criteria for all applicants:

Proof of English proficiency as English is the graduate school`s official language (e.g. TOEFL or similar test, not for native speakers).

The PhD positions will be paid according to the regulations of the civil service collective wage agreement (TV?L 65% of level E13)..


Have a look for the Project 2019 here and name your three favorite projects in your application form.

Please use the necessary application and reference forms below. Incomplete applications without the necessary forms, documents or references will not be considered!


Electronic applications including

  •       Application form
  •       Certificates (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) in english or german
  •       Proof of English proficiency (not older than 2 years)
  •       2 Reference letters (directly sent to
    by the referees)

should be sent as one single pdf-file to before December 15th 2018!

Newest Best-Practice: The MIN Graduate School International

The MIN Graduate School International is a DAAD-funded project at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences (MIN) of the University of Hamburg. It aims to increase the international visibility of doctoral researchers’ research achievements, to promote their international mobility and to attract particularly suitable international applicants for a doctorate at the MIN Faculty in Hamburg.

In order to achieve the overarching goals, a range of measures tailored to the specific needs of young scientists has been established in recent years.

For example, since January 2015, two academic tutors have offered weekly consultations for international doctoral candidates in the event of administrative challenges or problems of daily living. In addition, the MIN Graduate School International organizes a wide range of English-language soft skill courses to further develop key scientific and professional qualifications. For example, “Scientific writing”, “Communication in science” or “Peer reviewed Publishing: Rules, Strategies and Pitfalls”. In order to support the communication and networking between the German and foreign PhD students of the MIN faculty, the MIN Graduate School International also offers regular evening doctoral student meetings with interdisciplinary topics in the form of lectures or panel debates.

In addition, the MIN Graduate School International also financially supports the doctoral candidates of the MIN faculty in various tenders, such as the financial implementation of research projects and conference stays abroad.
The MIN Graduate School International also subsidizes groups of doctoral students who themselves would like to organize an international workshop in the Hamburg area. Workshops or summer schools that promote high-caliber exchanges in a relatively small circle are an appropriate opportunity for PhD students to prepare for an international career.

In addition, the MIN Graduate School International offers interested international applicants who are aiming for a doctoral degree at the MIN faculty of the University of Hamburg the opportunity to spend a one-month acquaintance. This can clear up any ambiguity regarding the necessary prerequisites for admission to the doctoral program, as well as peculiarities in interdisciplinary subjects, but also the faculty and the city.
In order to attract outstanding international applicants for a doctorate at the University of Hamburg, the official job advertisements of the University of Hamburg will also be available. a. published on renowned Internet portals such as ResearchGate or exhibited at international career fairs.

A special offer of the MIN Graduate School International is that doctoral candidates have the chance to proofread their work before publication by a professional proofreading.

Further information:

PhD research fellowship position in Robotic Vision and Machine Learning on Autonomous Robotic Platforms

The position’s field of research/research Project

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is offering a PhD position,  related to a highly interdisciplinary project which targets fundamental research questions in the fields of Robotic Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Control Theory for the use in microbiology and oceanography.

The project aims to image, process, analyze plankton images taken from the upper water column by a mobile autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) thereby autonomously target specific microbiological taxa.

This PhD project will build upon state-of-the-art machine learning methods including Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (Deep Learning) and other machine learning techniques to enable optimal navigation decisions with an improved context awareness and the ability to classify microbiological images unsupervised and do so online onboard an AUV. Exploiting such relatively new concepts for which a huge amount of data is required and sufficient training data has to be generated with respect to an expected taxonomy is a significant challenge. Labelling of new classes may require augmented taxonomic classification capabilities from a biological expert. In the next step the autonomous control part of the process pipeline will bypass input from a biological expert exploiting new self guided Machine Learning methods. In addition, the project will explore how to train a neural network with image data not only along the spatial but also temporal domain for information evolution.

The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 3 years, with possible extension to a fourth year if the candidate undertakes teaching related duties.

Further Information:


Call for Female Inventors! The women&work Inventors’ Prize!

Women can do it just as well. Female inventors and pioneers have achieved a lot in the past and present. However, they are still underrepresented!

This is supposed to change with the women & work inventors’ prize.

“The award promotes more feminine ingenuity and at the same time makes successful inventors of the present visible. From now on, women with ingenuity can apply for the Women & Work Inventors Award 2019.

The application is possible until the 20th of September. All applications will be submitted to the jury after the application deadline. The jury has 14 days to select a favorite in each category. By 15 October at the latest, the winners will be notified by e-mail ” (Komm-Mach-MINT)

International inventors can also apply as long as the project has been developed in Germany.

The women & work inventor prize is awarded in three categories:

  • technology
  • Service & Social
  • Business Model and Organization

Award ceremony at the International Inventors’ Fair
The Women & Work Inventors Award will be presented at the iENA Forum of the International Inventors’ Fair iENA.

Thursday, November 1st
13:30 – 14:30
iENA – International Inventors’ Fair
iENA Forum
Exhibition Center Nuremberg | Hall 12 | 90471 Nuremberg

Continue reading:

to apply:

Call for Applications: Global Young Academy Membership

General Information:
Founded in 2010, the Global Young Academy (GYA) is an international organization of young researchers with members from six continents. Members are elected for five-year terms.
Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact. Applications from women, minority groups, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors are particularly welcome.

Each GYA member is expected to attend the GYA Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organisation’s programmes, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, and supporting science and education at the international level. The GYA is an active organisation, and being a member requires a time commitment on each member’s part.

In the event that applicants are selected as new GYA members, they should be available to attend the next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled from 29 April – 3 May 2019 in Germany.

Who can apply?

Research fields:
The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline.

The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point:
Applicants should be in the early years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA’s members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years. Applicants falling significantly outside these ranges may be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Deadline for applications is 15 September 2018.

More information on the programme and the application is availbale online.

E-mail: applications(at)

Further Information:

Applications now open for the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards

The 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards are now open for applications!

This is a wonderful opportunity for STEM education professionals to present their work to the public.

“The annual event is a chance for individuals and organisations from across the STEM education sector to really shine. From technicians, educators, STEM Ambassadors, employers and more, the STEM Inspiration Awards acknowledge those who inspire the younger generation in STEM subjects.” (STEM Learning)

The nominees are invited to the award ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London.

So, if you know any person or institution passionate about STEM education, including “colleagues, schools, partners” or if you are passionate about STEM education yourself, submit your work.

Read more here:

Newest Best-Practice: Software-Engineering International

The core idea of this project is the development of a software in a real client-contractor situation in an international environment within several teams.
The aim is to bring together the students of partner universities with the students of computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Hof in the project and on-site abroad, thereby increasing mobility on both sides:

1) The foreign students in the partner university should be made aware of the offers of the University of Applied Sciences Hof in the field of bachelor and master programs.

2) The students of the University of Applied Sciences Hof should be able to take a short stay at a partner university and thus reduce the hurdles that a stay abroad brings.

3) The language barrier should be dismantled.

4) The students should be prepared for projects in the international professional environment.

Further Information:

Newest Best-Practice: STEM Bachelor Plus

Given that the Bachelor-Plus degree, which is part of the framework of STEM Bachelor Plus, program is the pilot project, the Technical University Munich (TUM) is offering the students of the program, which consists of approx. 700 students in the first semester of which 34% are international students (WS17/18) study support programs, during the second semester (in the sense of deceleration).

In the non-admission-restricted BSEI study program, the requirements for the first two semesters are defined by Basic and Orientation Examinations (GOP). The examinations enable the students to check their suitability in the requirements of the specific field of study. However, about 30 percent of students fail at the GOP by a final failing, another 10 percent voluntarily finish their studies. However, 95 percent of students with passed GOP then successfully complete their studies. The average study duration is well below the national average.

A significant number of students are delaying their first university performance assessment, creating a mountain of unresolved tasks that conflict with a structured course of study and success. Existing offers for further qualification in the technical or linguistic area find little resonance in the context of the high technical and temporal requirement, only a few students actively seek assistance in the study counseling. For international students, inadequate language skills and language deficiencies make study success even more difficult.

BSEI + motivates students to take exams in the first semester. With defined shortage of deficiency in the first examinations and even before the otherwise semester-identical performance of the re-examinations, students can actively decide to participate in a post-qualification program BSEI +. Learning Agreements are used to agree on individually binding elements of professional and linguistic qualification, and the curriculum for the second semester is relieved by exceptions to the mandatory registration for GOP examinations. With positive proof of competence acquisition in the requalification deadline extensions are granted also in further specialized semesters and afterwards students are again introduced into the regular study enterprise.

Further Information:


Germany Grad Fair 2018

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International Conference on STEM Education (iSTEM 2019)

22 Jan 2019 Eureka Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
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STEM Conference 2019: Delivering next generation teaching in STEM

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1st. International Young Professionals Conference on Process Engineering (YCOPE 2019)