The Berlin Life Science Colloquium (BLSC) is an international seminar series where our doctoral students get in touch with outstanding scientists with a broader focus of research topics. Since 2012, we have invited to more than 250 events. If possible these events are associated with dedicated events like a round table, lunch or dinner meetings. Besides the expert scientific input that is associated with these events we keep lowering the barrier that we sometimes observe in junior students to contact and exchange with distinguished scientists. Also, these visits (especially when they are student-organized) serve as excellent opportunities to network for future career options.