btS – biotechnologische Studenteninitiative e. V.

btS - Life Sciences Studierendeninitiative e. V.

The largest network of students and doctoral candidates in the life sciences throughout Germany

btS e.V. was founded in Cologne in 1996 and, with over 1,100 active members at 27 German universities, has developed into the largest and only nationally represented student’s initiative in the life sciences. The aim is to provide all interested students with an insight into practice that goes beyond lectures and seminars and to facilitate the transition into the professional world. As a link between students, universities and companies, the btS organizes a wide range of outstanding events each semester. The varied program includes series of lectures, panel discussions, excursions and our own career networking fair, the ScieCon.

In addition to these numerous public events, internal workshops are offered to improve one’s soft skills. The members of btS are motivated students and doctoral candidates from all fields of life science. Their goal is to network beyond their own university environment and thus gain insights into the future professional world already during their studies and doctorate.

Cooperation with companies in the region is an essential part of our voluntary work. Together we organize lectures, workshops and company tours. We have therefore been cooperating with BioRegio STERN for many years. Further information and the dates of the regular meetings of our branch offices can be found at