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

  • 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 course

    Time and venue:
    11.01.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.- O 29/3001
    12.01.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.- O 23/2611

    IGradU 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
    no more free places
    register for the waiting list

  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

    The GMP Seminar is organized and conducted by the Akademie Uni Ulm. Here you can find details about the course. IGradU books every year 5 places within the courses. Please register first here and if the places are taken, you can participate in the course using your mobility budget money, in this case please fill in the mobility application prior to the registration. March, 22, 2018 Villa Eberhardt

    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: 23.02.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m
    Venue: N24/101
    Day 2: 12.03.2018, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: N24/254


  • 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
    02+03 July, 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 23+24, 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

  • 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

  • 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