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:

Project Management 2009


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

Good Practice

  • Data Visualisation

    Enables Life Scientists to Effectively Use Visuals to Complement the Written Word.
    Participants Learn How To:

    • Use Figures and Tables to effectively tell the story of their research.
    • Decide whether text, tables, or plots are most appropriate to convey the message of each result.
    • Choose the most appropriate plot type for their data.
    • Understand the science of perception and apply design principles to communicate their message clearly.
    • Use aesthetics to relate sensory attributes (colour, shape, etc.) to abstractions (enrichment, change-over-time).
    • Distinguish between graphics for publication and for data exploration.

    September, 18+19, 2017, 09:00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
    Rick Scavetta, Science Craft, Berlin
    Venue: Ulm University, N25-2103
    No more free places
    Register for the waiting list

  • Publishing your dissertation


    Publishing scientific articles is an important step in a scientific career. Many PhD students already publish articles before their dissertation is finished, some as contributing, some as first authors. This workshop adresses PhD students who aim to publish their results in peer reviewed scientific journals and reuse their results, tables and figures, but also their complete articles within their PhD thesis. We will have a close look on copyright transfer agreements, on the different possibilities to publish papers, and at which point of time copyrights are transferred to the publishing houses. We look in detail at the different scenarios and how you can reclaim your right to reuse your content for your PhD. Furthermore, although there often is no choice, we will try to raise your awareness to have a close look at the journal's conditions before submitting a paper. This will help to guide you easily through the writing and publishing process of your PhD thesis.

    6.11.17, 09-11 a.m.
    in O23 2609/10

    Register here


Career Management

  • Career start with a PhD

    The participants will be introduced to different science-related career paths in the public sector (including universities, but not restricted to), private enterprises, and the Non-Profit-Sector. They will get to know the crucial technical and personal skills that are in demand for various positions. Moreover, participants get the opportunity to reflect their own competences and objectives as well as their suitability for the different career paths. Finally, participants learn how to read job advertisements and develop their own profile.

    In the second part the participants will train how to show their personal competences in application documents as well as in personal presentations which is often hard for natural scientists. The course offers the opportunity to train self-presentations in interviews, phone calls and at recruiting events for a professional appearance.
    If desired, the participants can have their application documents (1 cover letter and 1 CV per participant) checked.

    Day 1: 28.09.2017; 09:00 a.m.- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: N24-101
    Day 2: 09.10.2017; 09:00 a.m.- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: N24-254
    Register here

  • Project Management in Biotech Industries

    One day interactive workshop to illustrate the upcoming tasks and chances for a good start after your PhD

    October, 23rd, 2017, 09:00 a.m.- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: Villa Eberhardt
    No more free places
    Register for the waiting list

  • Qualitiy Manager in Biotech Industries

    job insights and training- one day interactive workshop
    October, 24th, 2017, 09:00 a.m.- 05:00 p.m.

    Venue Eberhardt
    No more free places
    register for the waiting list

  • Extramural Funding

    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 and the procedures of proposal submission and evaluation. They train to write a convincing proposal. Major focus will be the title of a proposal, a strong summary and the development of an adequate budget. Optional, participants, who are currently writing a proposal can bring their summary for analysis and further development. The participants also get to know unwritten rules they should keep in mind, when applying for extramural funds.

    November 13th, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Noovember 14th, 2017 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    venue: Villa Eberhardt


  • 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: to be announced