Dr Olckers is a strong advocate for empowering the next generation of scientists and science leaders in South Africa and Africa. To this end DNAbiotec® provides training via the Essential Series of Short Courses™ where the DNAbiotec® Team share their expertise and experience with others who want to climb the same learning curve in science or science related business. The presentations of Dr Olckers on biotech business management, IP management, DNA forensic evidence, the knowledge economy, innovation and various science topics are popular because of the powerful narrative that is contains. It is based on her 11 years of experience in transforming a start-up biotech company into a success.
Prior to founding DNAbiotec® Dr Olckers was a full time academic and has supervised more than 30 post-graduate students, including 10 at the PhD level. She was previously appointed as an extra-ordinary professor in the Dept. of Forensic Medicine as well as the Dept. of Immunology (Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria. She believes that strong collaboration between the public sector, academia and the private sector is essential.