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Fireside Chat: Rapid Prototyping and Agile Training for Scientists and Startups

17. März 2016 @ 18:00 - 20:00

Scientists and startups alike are facing the demands of accelerated research and development cycles including increasingly diverse resource and skill requirements and dependencies. Agility in the development process along side agility in team resource and skill development will give research groups and startups the competitive edge.

Just as rapid prototyping techniques are transforming the development cycle, agile training techniques are transforming the individual’s and the team’s skills to be more competitive and relevant. Technology enthusiasts and Training entrepreneurs Ciaran Behan and Steve Christopher would like to discuss the reality and potential of “rapid” and “agile” approaches for scientists and startups.

Are you interested in rapid prototyping, 3d printing for your research and development as a scientist or as part of a startup?

Are you interested in agile approaches to training for your research, your team or as part of a startup?

Are you already using rapid prototyping, 3d printing or agile approaches to training for your projects and would like to share your experience with us?

Maybe you’re just curious and would like to understand what the fuss is all about?

Join our fireside chat session in the Heidelberg Technology Park!

Agile Approaches to Life Science Training (Steve Christopher, Course Resource UG)

Rapid Prototyping and Technology Development in the Lab (Ciaran Behan, Course Resource UG)


Heidelberg Startup Partners‘ fireside chats („Kaminabend“) are networking events for scientific, technological and knowledge based startups and spinoffs. After a brief, interactive impulse talk and some time for questions and answers, you are invited to have a drink and a snack while diskussion and networking with the other participants.

The number of participants is strictly limited. Registration for the event is mandatory.  

About our guests:

Steve Christopher

Born in London, Steve finished University with a BA(Hons) before working in marketing. He moved into the London wine trade, first as a retail manager and then working directly with an English wine producer (yes it does exist and no it is not terrible!) as marketing and sales manager.

He then managed somehow to lose his heart in Heidelberg and has lived here for the last 12 years working in language training. Steve has over 10 years experience teaching and training at all levels and in a variety of organisations from colleges to scientific institutes to private individuals.

In 2013, he formed Course Resource with Ciaran Behan. The company specialises in training for life scientists and has worked successfully with EMBL, DKFZ, Springer and Abbott Pharmaceuticals among others. Having established a network of trainers across the region, the company offers a wide portfolio of highly effective training solutions and innovative team building activities.

Steve lives in Neckargemund with his German wife and two daughters and when not printing 3D treasures he fronts the band Pop the Weasel-(available for parties, weddings etc)

Ciaran Behan

Born in Dublin, Ciaran studied robotics at Hull University before entering the software business. After a successful period at Microsoft he moved to San Francisco to work for Oracle rising to the level of Director of Internationalisation.

Ever the entrepreneur, Ciaran spent his free time developing automated systems for laboratories and, following seven years in the U.S., he moved to EMBL here in Heidelberg to continue this work. After 10 years up on the hill he formed Course Resource and as resident ‚geek‘ Ciaran is bringing his skills to life scientists here in the region.

In 2014, Course Resource donated 3D printers to the DAI Makers Space to help stimulate a project helping refugees. The result has been a collaboration with the Blind School in Ilvesheim producing 3D models to help blind students in their education. The project, initiated by Ciaran, has been highly successful and has resulted in training for Blind Schools across Germany.

Ciaran lives in Heidelberg with his Irish wife and son Dan and could join Steve’s band on bass if only he spent less time with his 3D printer.


17. März 2016
18:00 - 20:00


Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.
06221 71411-160


Conference Center im Technologiepark Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 582
Heidelberg, 69120 Deutschland
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