Dr. Neela Enke

Roles: Managing Director, Coach, mediator and trainer;
Background: Biology

Consulting fields: Career development, third-party fundraising, leadership and communication, conflict management, diversity and anti-discrimination training
Languages: German and English

Approach to coaching and training

What is important to me in my coaching, mediation, and training practice?
Ever more complex working conditions are increasingly preventing people from pursuing their passions. Coaching has allowed me to concentrate on challenges and tasks I enjoy and am interested in. This gives me time and energy to focus on the things I care about. Now I want to support others, not just researchers, in making this possible for themselves, and to help them strengthen their professionalism.

Biography

I am a coach, mediator, and biologist. I studied Biology in Marburg an der Lahn, where I also studied economics for several semesters. I received my doctorate at the Freie Universität Berlin. For ten years I was involved in various research projects, teaching, project management, and mentoring young researchers. I have held positions at various universities and research institutions in Germany, France, Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.

After completing further training in the areas of coaching, mediation, intercultural competence, diversity management, and systemic organizational development, I have been working as a freelance consultant for people at universities and research institutions since 2011. I am a member of the board of the Coachingnetz Wissenschaft, and I am actively involved in the Gender_Diversity professional association, the Federal Mediation Association, and the ProFil-Network, which aims to professionalize women in research and teaching.

Dr. Jonas Zimmerman

Role: Coach | currently on hiatus
Background: Biology

Consulting fields: Career development and leadership
Languages: German and English

Approach to coaching and training

What was my journey to coaching?
I dreamed of becoming a biologist since early childhood. During my time working as an individual and group coach at the Camphill Alt-Schönow facility for the disabled in Berlin, I realised how important it was to me to work with people from all walks of life. This experience was so inspiring I stayed in the role for two years following the conclusion of my civilian service. My studies in biology represented the almost complete fulfilment of my childhood dream, but due to the (self-imposed) pressure to perform, I repeatedly found myself coming up against my limits. This pressure, combined with the often precarious working conditions in research, almost made me lose joy in my passion. Coaching offered me possibilities and ways to take pleasure in my research again despite these challenges, and to develop myself. I would like to make this experience available to others, and promote a research culture in which more space is made for individual aptitudes.

Biography

I am a coach and biologist. I studied biology with minors in geology and palaeontology at the Freie Universität Berlin, where I also studied philosophy for several semesters. My doctorate (summa cum laude) at Justus Liebig University in Giessen was awarded two prizes. I have been working in research for more than ten years and have coordinated multiple research projects (e.g. DFG, BMBF, EU COST) at national, international, and EU levels.

I am currently head of the research group Diatoms at the Botanical Garden and Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to research, policy, and committee appointments, my day-to-day work includes supervising young researchers from all over the world. Since completing coaching training in 2011 (Coaching Spiral, Berlin, certified by the German Coaching Association DCV), I have also worked as a coach and facilitator. I am co-founder of Scienza Science Coaching.

Julia Baumeister

Roles: Voice coach, trainer
Background: Opera singer, Speech therapist

Consulting fields: Self presentation in research, public speaking and presentations, voice and body language, networking, conferences
Languages: German and English

Approach to coaching and training

What do I want to achieve as a coach?
Many people feel constrained and insecure during presentations. To convey our own qualities self-confidently requires practice and self-knowledge. On stage, I learned how important it is to be able to present myself professionally yet authentically. For me, authenticity is the interplay of voice, body, personality, and genuine enthusiasm for what you do. I am continually motivated to find this enthusiasm in my clients, and together find ways to reveal their strengths to the outside world without denying their weaknesses.

Biography

I am a certified opera singer, singing teacher, and state-certified speech therapist. After graduating from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, I worked as a freelance singer on the opera stage and concert podium for several years before successfully completing my training as a speech therapist at the Charité Berlin. During the course of further training I have expanded my specialist knowledge in pedagogy and psychology, concentration and communication training, and voice training methods. I have been working as a speech therapist with a focus on voice therapy since 2012.

At Scienza I conduct workshops and seminars that combine communication and self-presentation in a number of ways. Networking is one of my focal points, since coherent and authentic self-representation combined with professional communication plays a decisive role in building sustainable relationships.

Dr. Síofra McSherry

Role: Trainer
Background: Literature in English

Consulting fields: Writing, Work-Life Balance, Self Care, Career Development, German Academic Culture, Gender and Diversity
Languages: English

Approach to coaching and training

My approach to training and coaching has been shaped by my experiences in counselling and peer mentoring. These have helped me identify my own needs and values, and as a result, I have been better able to make satisfying personal and professional choices. This has led to greater freedom and meaning in everyday life. In my workshops I aim to support others in this process, helping participants get to know themselves better, develop their own voice and confidence though their interactions with the group, and begin to make choices more in line with their fundamental values.

Biography

Síofra McSherry has a PhD in American Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. She graduated from Oxford University with a first in English and completed her MA at University College London. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Germany and the UK, with extensive experience delivering lectures, talks, seminars, and workshops to international audiences. She has participated in leadership training programmes through the Fulbright Commission UK and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. Her international experience includes organizing conferences and events, managing research projects, and writing grant applications. Dr. McSherry completed a counselling qualification at the University of London and has a broad range of experience in peer-to-peer counselling and coaching. Her writing has appeared in international venues including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Poetry Wales.

Workshop Themes

  • Writing: Planning and Motivation
  • Me and My Supervisor
  • Navigating the German Academy for International Researchers
  • Stress Management and Resilience
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Gender and Diversity

Herr Neumann

Role: Assistant to the manager
Background: Foreign language correspondent

Activities: Initial consultations, office management, administration
Languages: German and English

Introduction

When you contact Scienza Science Coaching, I’m often the first person you speak to. In addition to administration, some of my main tasks are to answer your questions, provide you with information, and answer your emails and phone calls.

Biography

I trained as a foreign language correspondent. Since I feel more comfortable in a working environment in which co-operation rather than competition is emphasised, I have mostly worked for associations and similar organizations before ending up at Scienza.