I was attending the annual meeting of the GAIN network in Boston, MA. In two interesting days I had a lot of useful conversations with people from German universities, funding agencies and politicians. The workshops at this meeting dealt with specific aspects of how to improve the strategies for career planning, which tools are available and which steps should be undertaken to be able to proceed with an academic career in Germany. Of course the increasing pressure and competition makes it hard for everyone of us to plan and decide on whether or which career to pursue at this point. In general this meeting was however advocating basic science alongside applied science, which was a very positive take home for me. The next meeting will be in San Francisco in August 2019.