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

  • 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
    all places are taken
    register for the next year

  • Statistics and biological data analysis

    This course aims at bridging the gap between classical statistical courses and real life biological data analysis. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in statistics and probability distributions that underlie most of the statistical methods employed in testing biological hypotheses. The course is structured to give a natural flow to a data analysis question starting with formulation of hypothesis, experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
    Seminar Description
    Dates: 15.05, 29.05, 12.06, 26.06, 10.07, 24.07
    Time and Venue: 4.30 p.m.- 06.00 p.m., N24-251
    Register here

  • Presentation Skills

    One of the best courses IGradU has ever offered will also be held this year!

    Seminar description:
    Every scientist eventually faces the daunting task of presenting their research to an audience, an intimidating prospect for even the most experienced researchers. Rick Scavetta's Presentation Skills workshop empowers life scientists to present with confidence and to manage their fear of public speaking. To accomplish this, the workshop combines short practice talks with lessons in the three main topics - body language, slide construction and story-telling. For practice talks, video recordings and constructive criticism help participants refine their existing strengths and identify points for improvement. A lesson in body language will examine vocal intonation, gestures and posture, as well as how posture and mental state can influence audience perception. Participants will learn slide design concepts, enabling the creation of slides that nicely complement the verbal component of their talks. Finally, story-telling structures will be examined in detail, allowing the presenter to employ techniques that grab and hold the audience’s attention.

    June, 4+5, 9:00- 5:00
    Villa Eberhardt

    Registere here

  • Data Analysis with R

    Data Analysis Workshop

    The  Data Analysis workshop enables laboratory-based life scientists to use the  R statistical programming environment to analyse their own data. R is an open-source cross-platform software tool that combines data manipulation, statistical modelling and visualisation. This workshop will focus on data manipulation and biostatistics modelling using relevant examples from the life sciences.

    Using plenty of hands-on exercises, participants will learn about different data structures and functions in R, how to manage and ask specific questions of their data, and use the results of statistical tests.

    Programming capabilities that make  R well-suited to data manipulation (e.g. apply functions) will also be introduced. The three-day Data Analysis workshop allows for advanced topics to be explored in more detail.


    The workshop takes a practical, hands-on approach to learning data analysis, but does not set-out to teach biostatistics. The implementation of basic descriptive statistics, in addition to estimation and inference methods and linear models, will be covered. Participantsshould be comfortable with computing and be familiar with basic biostatistics to take full advantage of the workshop.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to bring in their own data sets and computers for practical work.


    Students bringing their own computers should have the following cross-platform software pre-installed.

    R – v3.0 or later (
    RStudio – v0.97 or later (

    June, 6-8 (3 full days), 09:00- 05:00
    Villa Eberhardt
    Register here

Career Management

  • Project Management I+II

    Since 2009 IPMA (international project management association) has been offering an international recognised certificate for project management, basic level. This Certificate demonstrates the knowledge of basic Project Management methods and terminology. It is dedicated to students and members of project teams. Since 2013 the graduate school PhD-students have been given the opportunity to get this certification, by taking part on a 4 day qualification program and arranging the certification procedure in accordance with the certification body PMZert.
    The qualification program consists of two modules.
    1st module: basic training Content: via a project simulation, the students are trained, to run a research project from project start to closure.
    All main aspects of project management are simulated:
    § Project Planning (Project Lifecycle, Work breakdown structure and work packages, Milestones diagrams)
    § Defining Project Objectives § First Risk Management
    § Self management and Delegation § Organizing Meetings

    2 full days
    27+ 28 Juni 2018
    Day 1: 01.00 p.m- 08:00 p.m.
    Day 2: 09:00-18:00
    Villa Eberhardt
    no more free places
    register for the waiting list

    2nd module: preparation for certification basic level Content: intensive preparation for certification:
    Further Theoretical input:
    § Communication in Projects
    § Writing a Project Charter
    § Functional, Matrix and Projectised Organization forms
    § Stakeholder Management and teambuilding
    § Further Risk Management
    § Cost planning and controlling
    § Prioritisation of Objectives and project effort
    § Contracts and documentation
    § Quality management

    Please note that you can only visit the advanced course upon having visited the basic module

    July 26+27, 2018

    Day 1: 01.00 p.m- 08:00 p.m.
    Day 2: 09:00-18:00
    Villa Eberhardt
    no more free places
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  • 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, 2018
    Day 1: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 2: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Villa Eberhardt
    no more free places
    register for the waiting list

  • 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 2018:

    November, 5th,  2018 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    November, 6th,  2018 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Venue: Villa Eberhardt