The Graduate School’s Key Competencies Training Program

Members of the Graduate School are supported by a wide range of additional seminars and workshops. Our training program in key competencies is designed to equip students with a full range of skills which will improve their effectiveness as researchers, and ensure that they are not only highly qualified but employable in a variety of careers by the end of their studies. 
Our training program has been created especially for our students and is customized to fit the typical situations and problems which occur during doctoral research. We work with highly qualified trainers and experts who have typically worked in the academic field themselves and have a wealth of practical experience.
The Graduate School’s key competence courses are open to all members of the Graduate School. No fees are charged for attending our courses. The courses are held in English or German. 
Here you find our current courses and workshops:

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Lina Zaveleva
International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 50 36293
Fax: +49 731 50 36292

Our Key-Competence Seminars

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  • Scientific Writing

    Enables Life Scientists to Communicate Their Research Clearly and Effectively

    Participants Learn How To

    • Apply five key principles of scientific writing.
    • Write for their readers.
    • Construct a memorable “take-home message”.
    • Connect all parts of their paper in a flowing narrative.
    • Overcome writers’ block.
    • Structure their paper for increased impact.
    • Use the writing process to inform their own research.
    • Understand the role of “story telling” in scientific writing.

    November, 23+24, 09:00 a.m.- 05.00 p.m.
    Venue: Villa Eberhardt
    No more free places
    Register for the waiting list

  • European Patent Law

    Two days seminar offered by the patent lawyers from Munich, Dr. Christian Beckmann und Dr. Rainer Kränzle

    It covers the following subject-specific topics:

    Part 1: Use of powers, exhaustion use powers, patent infringement, prior use, limiting the effect of the patent scope, infringement of property rights, the right to the invention
    Part 2: novelty, inventive step, industrial applicability
    Part 3: procedural rights, general regulations, represntation, patent appliction, granting procedures, abolition of patents, opposition, nullity

    After the course there will be an exam, taking place approximately one week after the courseTime and venue: 11.01.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.- O 29/300112.01.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.- O 23/2611IGradU reserved 20 places for this seminar- hurry up to register

  • Sicherheit in der Gentechnik (in German only)

    IGradU reserves every year 20 places within this course
    Please proceed here for more information

    May, 3+4, 2018
    Registration (your register only here, not with the Akademie der Uni Ulm!)

  • Writing Papers and Theses in the Academic Context

    Writing scientific manuscripts is rewarding but can also turn out to be a difficult task for the beginner. This interactive workshop gives assistance to Ph.D- students who are facing the challenge of writing a scientific paper or a thesis.


    February, 8+9, 09:00 a.m.- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: Villa Eberhardt

Career Management

  • PhD/MD and then- career possibilities with a start in science

    In this workshop the participants get an overview about national and international career possibilities of the academic system. They work out their career choices and get guidelines to analyze their career situation, to define their professional goals and to develop strategies to achieve them effectively.

    workshop 2:

    December 4th, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    December 5th, 2017 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Venue: Villa Eberhardt


  • Proposal Writing- The road from the idea to getting funded!

    In this two-day workshop the participants get guidelines to move strategically and effectively within the network of funding possibilities. They train, how to find the right funding agency and funding program. The participants gain insight into the principles of extramural funding, the structure of proposals for fellowships or project support and the procedures of proposal submission and evaluation.

    July, 09+ 10, 2017
    Day 1: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 2: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Villa Eberhardt