Foto vom Dialogue 2019 an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
© Raphaela Willwerth/RUB Research School

Science Meets Business

RAR's 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?

Dialogue welcomes 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.

Next date: The Dialogue will take place online via Zoom on 19 November 2020, 12–14 h. Our guest will be Michael Guggemos, Managing Director of the Hans Böckler Foundation.


Porträtfoto Michael Guggemos
© Michael Guggemos

Work 4.0 - How is digitalization changing the working environment?

Thu, 19 November 2020, 12–14 h, online via Zoom

It has been a topic for a long time but the Corona crisis has turned it into an immediate and a very tangible experience: Digitalization is one of the major aspects of the present and future professional world and is being discussed strongly in politics, business, and science.

On 19 November 2020 (12–14 h), we invite doctoral researchers to discuss with our guest Michael Guggemos what exactly constitutes this change and try to put it into a temporal perspective. What do postdoctoral researchers have to prepare for? How is the job market changing and what does this mean for you and your work? How can you sharpen your profile and what opportunities does digitalization offer?

Michael Guggemos is Managing Director of the Hans Böckler Foundation.

[Update 21 October 2020] This year's Dialogue will take place online via Zoom.


Please sign up here until 18 November 2020: https://eveeno.com/rar-dialogue.

In order to provide you with a comfortable application process, we use a registration form of our service partner eveeno®. eveeno® works in compliance with the European Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO).


Topics and Guests:

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 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