Aim of the CarLiS Spring School is 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.


PhD students

  • From Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna.
  • Carrying out their studies 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 academia.
  • Enrolled in any year of their studies, but preferably in the 2nd year and higher.
  • Having a good command of English (B2 and more).


Sunday, March 27th 

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

Monday, March 28th

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

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

Some more information about knowledge transfer and IP. You will also have an opportunity to explore your entrepreneurial spirit and learn what it takes to transform idea to impact. Free evening programme.

Thursday, March 31st

We will further explore scientific entrepreneurship as a possible career path. After the common lunch at 13.00 it´s time to leave.


The applications need to be submitted to your institution by 3/3/2022. For application details contact the responsible person at your institution: 

Each of the institutions above can select and nominate up to 6 participants for the Carlis Spring School. Participants will be selected by their home institutions. The selected candidates will be contacted with further details.


Participation in the CarLiS Spring School is free of charge. Accommodation for 4 nights (single room per participant -, catering (full board), joint bus travel – 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 CarLiS Spring School and take advantage of the full agenda.

Participants will receive the certificate of accomplishment.

Leaflet (valid from 26.2.2022) 

Press release