Our Consultants and Trainers

Our Consultants and Trainers have firsthand experience working as researchers or have worked with researchers for many years. We understand your situation and speak your language!

Our Team

Dr. Christina Schütte

Dr. Chistina Schütte
Photo: Kathrin Erbe

Position

CEO and trainer

Specialized in

grant writing, scientific writing, presentation and scientific project management

Vita

After finishing a Master degree in chemistry at the University of Freiburg i. Br., Christina obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Bonn. From 2000 to 2003, she was a Research Associate at the neurobiology laboratory at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, working on neurotransmitter release.

From 2006 to 2010 she was part time lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck. During her scientific career, she co-authored more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and was involved in several grant applications. In 2004, she was co-founder of the ProSciencia Beratungs GmbH, where she focuses on acquisition and scientific management of technology driven research projects, support in grant- and paper writing as well as training on related topics.

Since 2010, she is active as an evaluator for the EU in the Marie-Curie Program and since 2012 also in the health program.

Hans-Wilhelm Berghoff

Hans-Wilhelm Berghoff

Position

Senior consultant and trainer

Specialized in

public administration, funding regulations, business calculation, reporting, administrative project management and intellectual property management

Vita

After training in Hotel Administration and acquisition of a degree in Business Administration at Heidelberg Hotel Business School, Hans-Wilhelm held various management and executive positions at hotels in Germany and the head office of a large Company in the United Kingdom. Starting in 1989, he became a Business Consultant with the Association of German Engineers, VDI in Düsseldorf. Here, he was involved in consulting companies and institutions on public research funding on behalf of the federal ministry of research and technology. He granted and controlled public funded projects and consulted on patents and other immaterial rights. He was a member of various commissions of the German ministry of research and technology developing funding guidelines and tools for the administration of research funding.

In 2004, he was co-founder of the ProSciencia Beratungs GmbH. In 2012 he left the company in order to start his own individual business, but still collaborates on topics of administrative and technical support in grant acquisition, consulting on exploitation of research results and training in administrative project management.

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Dr. Hilde Janssens

Dr. Hilde Janssens

Position

Consultant and Trainer

Specialized in

Career Development for Women Scientists, Scientific Communication, Presentation Skills

Vita

Hilde Janssens obtained a masters degree in biology and a teaching diploma at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). She then moved to Basel (Switzerland) to do a PhD in cell biology & developmental genetics, followed by five years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stony Brook University (NY, USA) and 6 years as a laboratory manager at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona (Spain).

Throughout her scientific career, she has been teaching and coordinating scientific and professional development courses. In addition, she worked as a freelance international trainer, designing and teaching Laboratory Management Courses for Scientists in academia, including workshops developed specifically for women in the scientific academic world.

Currently, she lives with her husband and two sons in Vienna, focusing entirely on training and workshop facilitation.

Dr. Malte Engel

Dr. Malte Engel

Position

Trainer

Specialized in

logic, critical reasoning, ethics

Vita

Malte studied philosophy, psychology and English literature at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen and Kent. He did his PhD at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, working on the relation between neuroscience and questions of moral responsibility. After finishing his PhD, he started to give seminars on critical reasoning and logic.

In 2013 he founded the “Institut für Argumentationskompetenz”. He offers seminars on reasoning not only for students and scientists, but also for managers and people who engage in politics.

Besides teaching, he writes a blog (“argunautik.org”) in which he uses the techniques from his seminars to analyze current debates on moral and political issues. Malte is a certified trainer of the BZTB (German Association of Trainers and Business-Coaches).

Dr. András Aszódi

Dr. András Aszódi

Position

Associated trainer

Specialized in

grant writing, statistics and bioinformatics

Vita

After finishing his Masters degree in Chemistry at the ELTE University of Budapest, András pursued a PhD at the institute of Enzymology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, modeling elementary learning processes at the molecular level. As a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research in London he developed novel distance geometry-based methods for the analysis and prediction of protein structure.

In 1996, he joined the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Vienna, where he spent over 9 years as a laboratory head and later as a unit head. During this time he established and led two groups that developed new computational tools in bioinformatics, systems biology and cheminformatics and contributed to numerous drug discovery projects.

Since 2006 he is employed at the Vienna Biocenter, first working on bioinformatics data analysis solutions. In recent years his focus shifted to developing and holding training courses on computing skills, statistical data analysis and bioinformatics. In addition, András develops scientific software and databases and provides statistics consulting.

Since 2007, András is also active as an evaluator for the EU in the Marie-Curie Program.

Undine Stricker-Berghoff

Undine Stricker-Berghoff

Position

Consultant and Trainer

Specialized in

cross-gender and cross-cultural communication, Strategic Management, Women and Leadership

Vita

Undine Stricker-Berghoff holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany, and an accreditation as Chartered Engineer, Member of the Energy Institute, in London/United Kingdom.

She started her career as an Energy Consultant in Switzerland and Italy. Back to Germany, she joined VDI - The Association of German Engineers in Duesseldorf where she was active as Scientific Collaborator in the VDI-Society for Energy Technologies, subsequenty, headed the VDI-Society for Building Services as Secretary, and, additionally, headed the VDI-Department Guidelines. From 2001 until 2005, she headed the Luebeck Chamber of Commerce IHK as Director General. Following this, she set up and expanded the activities of the VFA Association for Lift Technology in Hamburg as Managing Director.

Already during her spare-time in Duesseldorf she worked as a Coach in her own company COOL COaching-OnLine. Since 2005, she is active as a Coach and Consultant for strategic management and marketing in her engineering firm ProEconomy in Luebeck full-time.

Undine Stricker-Berghoff is a member of many associations e.g. VDI The Association of German Engineers, German Women’s Council and Regional Women’s Council Schleswig-Holstein, Lions-Club Luebeck-Passat, Association Luebeck Press and Marketing-Club Luebeck.

Dr. Revathi Bacsa

Dr. Revathi Bacsa

Position

Consultant

Specialized in

advanced materials

Vita

Revathi did her PhD in materials chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science and subsequently collected intensive research experience in in both academia and industry in India, USA, Switzerland and France. Scientifically, she focuses on process development, technology transfer and applications of advanced materials in nanotechnology, energy and environmental applications.

Author of 40+ publications, book chapters and patents, she has in depth experience in presenting scientific data in written form. Her long history as a project reviewer for funding agencies and as author of grant proposals, both for national and European funding agencies, has given her an intimate knowledge of the research funding scene in Europe. In addition, she is actively involved in advising local associations on environmental issues related to chemical pollution.

Dr. Patricia Ruiz Noppinger

Dr. Patricia Ruiz Noppinger

Position

Trainerin und Beraterin

Specialized in

Project Management, Scientific Writing (grants and publications), Scientific Communication, Presentation Skills, Career Development, Professional Perspectives in Science, Individual and Team Coaching

Vita

Dr. Patricia Ruiz studied biology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and at the Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg (Austria), from which she obtained a Diploma degree in biology. She then moved to Basel (Switzerland) to do a PhD in cellular immunology at the Basel Institute for Immunology, followed by four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max-Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (Berlin, Germany) and 6 years as a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (Germany). In 2003, she joined the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and became associate professor in 2004.

Throughout her scientific career, she has been teaching and coordinating scientific and professional development courses. In addition, she worked as a Lead Scientific Affairs at Metanomics Health GmbH for two years and since 2013, she heads the Department of Research Management at the Faculty of Medicine at the TU Dresden. In 2014, she finalized a coaching training certified by the German Coaching Association (DCV e.V.) and in addition to her university position, she works as a freelance coach and trainer.

She currently works in Dresden and lives in Dresden and Berlin.

Thomas Römer

Thomas Römer

Position

Cooperating consultant and trainer

Specialized in

Leadership Skills, Project Management, Career Management and Effective Recruitment

Vita

Thomas Römer studied Psychology at the University of Bielefeld with a focus on Organizational Psychology. From the beginning of his career, he worked as a consultant and trainer. After having collected experience in leading consultancies, he changed to a position as human resources manager at the Otto Group, a large international company. In 2003, he established “Team Römer”, a network of human resources consultants specialized in training and coaching. This team provides services both in academic environments as well as in industrial settings.

In addition, Thomas Römer is lecturer at the University of Hamburg, teaching work- and organizational psychology.

Dr. Louise Stewart

Dr. Louise Stewart

Position

Cooperating consultant and trainer

Specialized in

scientific writing, project management and environmental management

Vita

Louise studied environmental engineering and completed her doctorate at the TU Berlin. She then worked as a senior researcher in a series of European Projects at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. In 2005 she founded the Consultancy stewart ecological and since then her work has focussed on scientific research as well as environmental and project management. During this time she has been an active reviewer for the 6th and 7th European Framework Programme and also participated as a reviewer on the selection Committee for the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Over the last 15 years, Louise has had extensive experience in project acquisition, scientific research, project management and project review.

Dr. Philipp Berens

Dr. Philipp Berens

Position

Consultant and trainer

Specialized in

scientific writing and statistics

Vita

Philipp holds a diploma degree in bioinformatics and a bachelor degree in philosophy from the University of Tübingen. He did his PhD in systems neuroscience at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen and at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Because of his profound interest in writing and transporting scientific contents, he worked as an intern at the science desk of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in 2006. As a scientist, he co-authored > 10 peer reviewed publications, several of these in high ranking journals including Science and taught Biostatistics classes for molecular biologists.

In 2013, he received the “Klaus-Tschira-Award for Science Communication” for a popular scientific text on his PhD topic.

Dr. Lina Yassin

Dr. Lina Yassin

Position

Associated trainer

Specialized in

Agile project management, UX and Design Thinking

Vita

Dr. Lina Yassin is a researcher and lecturer for Neuroscience at the Charité Medical School. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem, focusing on learning and memory, in 2004. She has been conducting electrophysiological research for the past 20 years and published many articles in high impact factor journals such as Neuron. Next to pursuing her career as a researcher and lecturer she received a degree in acting and holds certificates in Scrum, UX and Design Thinking.

She also runs an initiative for promoting the Arabic language and culture and speaks five languages. Dr. Yassin is eager to combine the accuracy of a scientist, the creativity of a theatre enthusiast and the systematic approach of a teacher to create better services that will empower people.

Dr. Kai Dierkes

Dr. Kai Dierkes

Position

Trainer and Consultant

Specialized in

Project Management, Machine Learning

Vita

After having obtained his master’s degree in mathematics and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, Kai Dierkes in his PhD project worked on open research problems in the field of biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden. Within the framework of theoretical and experimental projects, he investigated the biophysical principles underlying the human sense of hearing. Following his dissertation, he spent 4 years at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, where he further developed his scientific expertise at the intersection of developmental biology, mathematics, and physics. Over the course of his scientific career, Kai Dierkes made essential contributions to numerous publications in international high-impact journals.

Next to his own scientific work, Kai Dierkes has steadily built up extensive international experience in developing and delivering seminars, lectures, and workshops, e.g. by organizing international astronomical youth camps but mainly by teaching university courses, summer schools, and workshops for graduate students and postdocs.

He currently lives Berlin, where he works as a freelance trainer and consultant.

Carla Westerheide

Carla Westerheide

Position

Trainer and Consultant

Specialized in

Media Training and Presentation Skills

Vita

Carla Westerheide is a trained journalist, who has stood in front and behind the camera since 2007, and works for different print and radio news outlets in France and in Germany. She also holds a Masters Degree in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University.

Since 2012, she lives and works in Germany, where she also moderates debates and presentations at trade fairs and expert forums in the fields of renewable energy and new mobility.

Her training focus is on story-telling, as well as oral and visual presentation skills.

Markus Zschintzsch

Markus Zschintzsch

Position

Trainer and Consultant

Specialized in

Project Management, Process Optimization, Leadership Skills

Vita

Markus studied System Dynamics at University of Bergen and obtained a diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technical University Cottbus in 2005. After that he worked in academia and industry and gained extensive experience in optimizing development, production and management processes, amongst others as a Project Leader at “Dräger Medical GmbH”, Lübeck.

Since 2015, he works as a consultant for “Die ProzessManufaktur GmbH”, Braunschweig and as a freelance trainer and consultant. He specialized in the fields of Digital Connectivity, business model development, lean- and project management as well as leadership. Markus is a Certified Business Process Professional and a MGM Moderator.

His training focus is on Process Optimization, Project Management and Leadership Skills.

Katja Dau

Katja Dau

Position

Workshop Coordination and Management Assistance

Vita

Katja studied applied cultural sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg, focusing on visual studies, communication and media studies, linguistics and public relations. After her M.A., she worked as a project assistant at urbanus GbR, a company working in the field of structural planning and traffic management. In early 2010 she changed to the Graduate School for Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences at Lübeck University, where she was responsible for the conceptualization, implementation and coordination of the transferable skills workshop program for doctoral students, and for the planning and organization of scientific events like conferences and autumn schools.

After that she worked as a project manager for the Medisert GmbH, coordinating a publicly funded research project of University of Applied Sciences Lübeck and University of Lübeck.

2014, she joined the ProSciencia team, where she plans and coordinates the program.