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

  • Writing Papers and Theses in the Life Sciences

    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.


    intensive 2-days workshop (9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.),

    February, 21+22
    Venue- Ulm University, N24-254
    no more free places

    register for the waiting list

  • 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

    Register here

Career Management

  • 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. 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.

    Major topics of the seminar are

    §   Funding institutions and their funding programs
    §   Writing a success promising proposal
    §   Submission & evaluation of proposals

    March 18th, 2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    March 19th, 2019
    8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    venue: N24-226



  • Sicherheit in der Gentechnik


    .. for our German-speaking PhD-students

    Amtlich anerkannte Fortbildungsveranstaltung für Projektleiter und Beauftragte für die biologische Sicherheit zum Erwerb der Sachkunde nach §15 bzw. §17 GenTSV

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    16+17 Mai, 2019
    Wissenschaftszentrum der Universität Ulm auf Schloss Reisensburg

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  • 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
    Register here