Month: November 2018

GSU is calling on you – Share your Supervision Story!

GSU is calling on you – Share your Supervision Story

The quality of supervision at Imperial is a hot topic, because College decision-makers are becoming more and more aware that it is the major predictor of satisfaction and well-being of any PhD student. There are many great supervisor-student relationships out there, and some are not so great.

We want to offer a platform where stories can be shared anonymously. The idea is to show to others how supervision can work well and that you are not the only one experiencing problems if you do. Share your story and tell us and your peers where the College system has successfully supported you to solve your problem, or where you failed to receive the response you wished for.

The Graduate Student Union (GSU) will make sure that your stories are shared totally anonymous and depersonalised in the College Newspaper Felix. Once a month, Felix will publish two diverse supervision stories. Be one of the first to share yours!

Submit your 300-400 words story to the GSU president here

Merck Innovation Cup 2019 – June 2019

From June 23 – 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

We appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity known in your network and look forward to receiving many applications from students of your organization.

Please find enclosed a flyer announcing the event, we are happy to also ship printed hardcopies of posters or flyers to you if requested. Please let me know!

Thank you for your support!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz