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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  • Designing Scientific Poster

    PhD students often face the challenge to present scientific posters at meetings. The generation of adequate posters is usually not a matter of just a few hours. Special care has to be taken to adjust contents and design to a typical brief presentation in a poster session. How to make a poster attractive and scientifically correct at the same time? This is one of many questions that will be dealt with in this workshop. 

    From the workshop contents: 


    Aims of poster presentations

    • The anatomy of scientific posters: Vital parts and add-ons 
    • Preparations to be taken ahead of the generation of posters 
    • Evaluation of "suboptimal" posters: What makes a bad poster? 
    • The essentials of a good poster
    • Designing a poster draft
    • How to not present a poster
    • Essentials of good poster presentations 

    The workshop will consist of group work, discussions and slide presentations. In addition, there will be a session in which each participant designs a draft of important parts of a poster. In order to profit from it, participants will be asked to do some limited preparatory work.

    July, 5, 2019
    venue: villa Eberhardt, Heidenheimerstraße 80, Ulm

    no more free places
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  • 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: 14.05, 21.05, 28.05, 04.06, 11.06, 18.06, 25.06
    Time and Venue: 4.0 p.m.-05-30.00 p.m., H21
    Register here


  • Presentation Skills

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

    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.

    September, 9+10, 2019,
    09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.
    Register here

  • 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. Participants should 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 (

    September, 11-13, 2019 (3 full days), 09:00- 05:00
    Venue: O27/122
    Trainer: Rick Scavetta
    Register here

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 inside and outside 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.

    Major topics of the seminar are

    • Career possibilities - Occupational fields
    • Which way to go? Individual self-analysis
    • Strategies for career development
    • Development of an individual career plan


    June, 24+25, 2019
    venue: villa Eberhardt, Heidenheimerstraße 80, Ulm
    No more free places
    Register for the waiting list