Young talents – career opportunities beyond academia

At this seminar PhD students, postdocs and Master´s students in life sciences at UiO and NMBU had the opportunity to create networks outside academia. Watch videos from the event.

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Pictures and videos of each talk

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Young talents

The event was organized for the first time in 2018. The response was overwhelming and the 100 places were fully booked in a short time both in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The seminar consisted of three parts

  • 1:00 PM–2:30 PM: An inspirational talk and short introductions from people working outside of academia who will tell how they are working and how they got there, see list of speakers below.
  • 3:00 PM– 4:30 PM: A speed networking event where students have the opportunity to sit down and talk to companies, see list of companies below.
  • 4:30 PM–5:30 PM: A social event with refreshments where students and companies can mingle

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

An inspirational talk and short introductions from people working outside of academia on how they are working and how they got there.




Professor Gro Bjørnerud Mo, Pro-Rector, UiO

Professor Solve Sæbø, Pro-Rector, NMBU



Image may contain: Top, Hair, Face, Forehead, Chin.Inspirational talk from Sven Even Borgos, SINTEF Industry
Senior Research Scientist

SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with in the fields of technology, natural sciences, medicine and social sciences.


Christine Winterstein, Merck Group

Medical Director

Merck Group is a German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company. It is the world's oldest operating chemical and pharmaceutical company.


Tor Espen Thorvaldsen, Biogen 

Medical Liaison Manager

Biogen is specializing in the discovery, development, and delivery of therapies for the treatment of neurological diseases.


Tuva Holt Hereng, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Manager Cell Therapy

Thermo Fisher Scientific develops biotechnology products for the genetic testing and precision laboratory equipment marked. Known for the magnetic Dynabeads which is a Norwegian invention. 


Image may contain: Man, Hair, Forehead, Chin, Eyebrow.Maicon Cossa, Yara International

High Value Products Director

Yara International is a Norwegian chemical company. Its largest business area is the production of nitrogen fertilizer.


Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen, The Life Science Cluster


The Life Science Cluster is a network for life science companies and organisations in health, medicine, the marine sector, agriculture and forestry.


Umair Majid

Medical doctor, PhD student and Entrepreneur



Chair: Marianne Andenæs

Communications advisor at SiO and senior advisor at the Association of Norwegian Student Welfare Organisations (Samskipnadsrådet)


Watch the whole session

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Speed networking where you have the opportunity to sit down and talk to companies. 

You can meet representatives from: 

Abbvie, AstraZeneca, Bama, Bayer, Bellona, Biogen, Cambi, GE Healthcare, Innovation Norway, Insj UiO, Life Science Team, Link Medical, Merck Group, NCE Heidner BioCluster, Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives, Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Pfizer, Pubgene, Simula, SINTEF, Takeda, The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), The Research Council of Norway,  Thermo Fisher Scientific,  TINE and Yara.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Refreshments and mingling

The University of Oslo and the City of Oslo invite all participants of the Oslo Life Science Conference to attend a reception in Oslo City Hall at 19.00 after the main event of the Oslo Life Science Conference 10 February. You may sign up for the reception when you sign up for Young talents.



The seminar has been developed in close collaboration between UiO:Life Science; NMBU; the PhD organizations at UiO and NMBU, UiODoc and SoDoc; and the career centres at UiO and NMBU.

Career Centre at NMBU

Published Nov. 18, 2019 2:38 PM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2020 8:34 AM