After studying biology at the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Elena Wiederhold went on to become a PhD Fellow at the University of Groningen (NL), where she received her PhD at the Institute of Enzymology in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Wiederhold did her postdoctoral research at the University of Zurich (CH) at the Institute of Plant Pathology, where she most enjoyed supervising the master’s projects, project management and establishing international collaborations for the research project. Already in the postdoctoral phase, the decision was therefore made to leave the academic career but to remain active at the interface between science and administration. Since 2014 Dr. Wiederhold has been working for Goethe University in various areas. From 2016 to 2017, she volunteered for the Academic Welcome Program for Highly Qualified Refugees.