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What: HUB29 - Making friends with failure

When: 18:30-20:30 Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Where: Buchleithner Room, Im Neuenheimer Feld 580 Directions

Who: A team of people working at several different life-science organisations within Heidelberg are organising HUB, with your help (just get in touch or add your comments to this page).


A HUB to examine the ideas of failure. Our aims are to look at the stigma around failure and also what we can learn from it.

18.30-18.40 Welcome and intro Laura
18.40-19.00 Icebreaker - Connection bingo Malvika
19:00-19:20 Talk the philosophy of failure Veronika Cheplygina
19:20-19:30 BREAK
19:30-20:00 Workshop: Struggles and outcomes, a cluster analysis Laura and Malvika?
19:50-20:15 Failure flash stories - sharing failures and rejections Sign up on the night or before
20:15-20:30 HUB topic pitch and voting Help suggest what our next sessions should be
20:30-20:40 Wrap up Laura
20.40-........ Off to a bar for a drink and a chat All


  • Laura Howes
  • Malvika Sharan

Task List

A list of tasks that need to be done on or before the meeting day. Just sign your name to say that you'll do a task, and the same again when the task is done.

To arrange before evening Person responsible Done
Book Room Agnes Done
Create wordpress page
Create the poster Laura Done
Invite Veronika Malvika Done
Organise failure bingo icebreaker Malvika
Organise facilitators for failure toss Please sign up here
Drinking Water and Cups?
Print & bring HUB poster
A4 signs in plastic envelopes to help people find the room
Print and display poster where relevant
  • BioQuant:
  • EMBL:
  • DKFZ:
  • ZMBH:
  • Zentralmensa:
Advertise on linkedin
Beamer (Is there one in the room that we can use?) Done
Send initial announcement email to HUB All Laura
Send same-day-as event announcement email to HUB All

To do on the evening Person responsible Done
Open the room
Arrange tables/chairs All
Hang up signs to the room
Setup and welcome attendees
Tidy and close room All


We had our first planning meeting on 9th of May 2019 and a second planning meeting was held on the 14th of June 2019.

Links and materials

- How I Fail posts on Veronika's blog

- The Pädagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg is planning a Fuckup Nights event in Heidelberg earlier on July 10.