International Excellence Talks

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Excellence lives on exchange and networking among the best researchers worldwide. That is why we want to invite you to join us in a new lecture series, International Excellence Talks, where internationally renowned scientists will give insights into their current research topics and, ideally, inspire a broad audience of scholars. This monthly event will include a 30-minute keynote lecture and a platform for networking and informal exchange among researchers with a wide range of interests. Recordings of previous talks can be found on the KIT International Excellence Talks YouTube Channel.

A Career in STEM: From the Alps to Antarctica and the valleys and peaks in between by Prof. Danielle Skropeta

On Tuesday, 21 March, 2023 at 5:00 PM (CET) the 17th International Excellence Talk will take place in-person. Prof. Danielle Skropeta will talk about her medicinal chemistry career and her current role as Professor in Chemistry and as Associate Dean.
Prof. Skropeta

Prof. Danielle Skropeta 
KIT International Excellence Fellow (2022-2023)

  • Medicinal chemistry research leader and Associate Dean of Higher Degree Research in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Research Area: Chemical Glycobiology
  • Fellow and Board Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK and National STEM Ambassador for Science and Technology Australia
  • Lead of an interdisciplinary research group focused on drug development in cancer, wound healing and bacterial infection, working in collaboration with industry partners to translate discoveries into outcomes that benefit society
  • Recipient of the Margaret Sheil National Leadership award for her advocacy of gender equity in the chemical sciences (2020)
  • International Excellence Fellow at the Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems – Functional Molecular Systems (IBCS-FMS)

Abstract: This talk will cover the chemistry career of medicinal chemist Danielle Skropeta through her early career in Germany and Italy to her current role as Professor in Chemistry and Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Prof Skropeta leads a research group in chemical glycobiology developing new pathways to more effective treatments in cancer and bacterial infections. Throughout her career, Prof Skropeta has been involved in outreach activities sharing her science from podcasts to international documentaries. Furthermore, the talk will discuss how to build bridges outside of the University (working with industry, community and government). She is also passionate about equity and inclusion and creating a supportive environment for a greater diversity of scientists to succeed in the chemistry field, as well as working together to address the global challenges of the future.

After the keynote lecture, we invite you to join the informal discussion with Prof. Danielle Skropeta and other participants with drinks and snacks.

Participation The International Excellence Talk will be held as an in-person event. Please register to attend this event: Registration for in-person Event

In case you have any questions or would like to receive updates on topics, lecturers and more, please send us an email to ieg∂

Date and Time
Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at 5:00 PM (CET)
KIT Campus South, Building 10.11. (Kaiserstr. 12, Karlsruhe) Room 111.1 / 111.2
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Archive - Previous Talks

Content and links to recordings of previously held talks. 


About the talks

In case you have any questions or would like to receive updates on topics, lecturers and more, please send us an email to ieg∂
The lecture series is organized by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) of KIT in the framework of the International Excellence Grants Program with funds granted to the University of Excellence concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” in cooperation with the Humboldt-Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim.